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 Psychololgy. 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 ( ). 



BA. MSc. MA. D.Phil.

Research interests

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


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