Department of Life Sciences

Visiting address
1068 Parkstead House, Whitelands


James Davies is a Reader in social anthropology and mental health, teaching in the Departments of Life Sciences and Psychology. He obtained his doctorate in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford and is also a qualified psychotherapist. He has practiced as a psychotherapist in various settings including the NHS.

He is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence ( ). 


He has also written three books:

Davies, J (2009) The Making of Psychotherapists: an anthropological analysis. London: Routledge

Davies, J (2009) The Importance of Suffering: the value and meaning of emotional discontent. London: Routledge.

Davies, J. (2013) Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. London: Icon Books.

He is working on a forthcoming book:

Davies, J (2020). The New Opium: capitalism, mental health and the sedation of nations. London: Atlantic Books.



BA. MSc. MA. D.Phil.

Research interests

Critical psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, medical anthropology, social suffering, fieldwork methods, professional socialisation.


Research outputs

  1. How Long Does Antidepressant Withdrawal Typically Last?

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  2. Clinical guidelines on antidepressant withdrawal urgently need updating

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  3. Mental Health in Crisis

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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