Hanna Kienzler

I am a Professor of Anthropology and Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health also at King’s.

As an anthropologist, I investigate how systemic violence, ethnic conflict and complex emergencies intersect with health and mental health outcomes in the occupied Palestinian territory and Kosovo, and, among refugees in the UK. I conduct research on the mental health impacts of war and trauma on survivors; on what it means for persons with severe mental illness to live and participate in their respective communities; and on humanitarian and mental health interventions in fragile states. I am also co-founder of the Refugee Mental Health & Place Network. Methodologically, my work combines ethnography with a range of other qualitative methods, participatory action approaches and arts-based techniques.

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Sonia Thompson

Sonia Thompson has spent most of her career in academia and currently works as a freelance in Organisational Development. She is also a Co-Director of the Survivor Researcher Network.

The Survivor Researcher Network is a UK based user-controlled network for mental health service users and survivors with an interest in research. She has volunteered in the Third Sector since her teens and continues to be involved in projects that support mental wellbeing. Her alter ego is an afro-wearing superhero that writes fantasy fiction.


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Bethan Edwards

Dr Bethan Edwards has long term experience of living with a mental health condition and is passionate about survivor/service user collective activism.

She has been involved in a number of grassroots service user led initiatives, including Stop Sim, Mad Covid, Recovery in the Bin and the CALMED Trial campaign. Bethan currently works as a researcher at the University of Manchester and her research interests include emergency, urgent and crisis mental healthcare. She is a member of the CSMH’s Lived Experience Advisory Board (LEAB).

Twitter: @ResearchPixie

Website: Dr Bethan Edwards | The University of Manchester

Rick Burgess

Rick Burgess is a disabled activist based in Greater Manchester, he co-founded the WOW Petition calling for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, he co-founded Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts and is an admin of Recovery In The Bin.

He works at the GM Coalition of Disabled People and the Lived Experience Advisory Board at the Economic and Social Research Council Centre For Society And Mental Health at King’s College. He is a contributor to the Deaths by Welfare timeline, he has survived several WCA’s. He is also, time, energy, and focus permitting, an artist. He is developing thinking towards Disability Equity which combines the social model of disability, mental distress, disability justice, and intersectionality.

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Bwalya Mulenga

Bwalya Mulenga is an alumni of King’s College London. She completed her BA in Global Health and Social Medicine and is currently studying for her Master’s in MSc Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Bwalya is passionate about social justice and empowering marginalised communities to drive change in policy and practice. She worked as a Youth Advocate on the ‘Help Us Move On’ project at No Limits, lobbying to give Hampshire’s young people a voice in local affairs. Bwalya has also worked as a Community Involvement Officer for the NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board. Her work focused on appropriately engaging diverse communities with health and wellbeing services, encouraging their involvement in the development of these services.

Bwalya’s work within the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health has involved supporting a project entitled, ‘Innovating Research Methods and Service User Engagement’.

Blog: https://iamlenga.blogspot.com/