Oxford and UK Fellows


Oxford Fellows

UK Fellows

 inge daniels oxford fellow Dr Inge Daniels is a University Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her research interests include consumption, gift exchange, anthropology of space and everyday religious practices. She has recently published a book entitled The Japanese House: Material Culture in the Modern Home.
 Charlie Foster Dr Charlie Foster is Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health at the University of Bristol. His research includes systematic reviews and meta-analysis, the epidemiology of physical activity and health outcomes, behaviour and surveillance, as well as the development of physical activity measurement procedures. He is also interested in the economic burden of physical activity, physical activity in relation to the environment, physical activity policy, and physical activity trials and interventions.
 key Professor Tim Key is the Deputy Unit Director for Oxford’s Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit. His main interests are the roles of diet and hormones in the aetiology of cancer, particularly cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. He is the principal investigator for EPIC-Oxford and the chairman of the EPIC prostate cancer working group. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.
 klim mcpherson oxford fellow Klim McPherson is Visiting Professor of Public Health Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His research focuses on epidemiology, health interventions, public health and women’s health. He was co-author of the Foresight Report on Tackling Obesities. He chairs the National Heart Forum, which aims to prevent premature death from heart disease, and is a former chair of the British Breast Group, the European Public Health Association and the Society for Social Medicine.
 avner offer oxford fellow Professor Avner Offer is the Chichele Professor of Economic History and a Fellow of All Souls College and the British Academy. Over the past decade his main interest has been in post-war economic growth, particularly in affluent societies, and the challenges that this affluence presents to well-being. His recent book The Challenge of Affluence: Self-control and Well-being in the United States and Britain since 1950 applies a dynamic framework of myopic choice to explain emergent social trends, including obesity, within these two countries.
 deborah oxley Dr Deborah Oxley is a lecturer in Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College. Her expertise in anthropometric history underscores her research into relationships among stature and weight in European populations, and the impact that body mass has upon economic performance in society from the individual to the national level. Her research interests also include Australian convicts and coercive labour systems, migration studies, microeconomics of the household, gender and ageing.
 caroline potter Dr Caroline Potter is a medical anthropologist based at the Health Services Research Unit within the Nuffield Department of Population Health. Within UBVO Caroline has analysed national UK birth cohort data to explore the historical onset of obesity across the life course. She is currently researching the potential use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for managing long-term health conditions including diabetes and other illnesses associated with obesity.
 Mike Rayner Dr Mike Rayner is Director of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, which he founded in 1994. From 1986 to 1993 he was Senior Research Officer for the Coronary Prevention Group – at the time the leading national voluntary organisation concerned with the prevention of coronary heart disease – and he is currently Chair of the Nutrition Expert Group of the European Heart Network. His research focuses on the development of public interventions to improve diet and activity levels in the UK, with particular emphasis on food labelling, food pricing, and the marketing of foods to children.
 tanja schneider Dr Tanja Schneider is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford. Her research examines marketing and advertising practices with a particular interest in how these mobilise specific consumer subjectivities.
 stanley ulijaszek portrt Professor Stanley Ulijasezek (Director) is Professor of Human Ecology within the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. His research interests include patterns of human growth and development as markers of well-being, the relationships between nutrition and reproduction in tropical seasonal environments, and the effects of economic modernisation on nutritional health. He has carried out research in India, Nepal, Sarawak, Bangladesh and the Cook Islands, and maintains ongoing research in Papua New Guinea and Poland.
 marius kwint Dr Marius Kwint is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Portsmouth. He is a cultural historian and keen amateur athlete who has published research on topics including the circus, the souvenir, and scientific imaging. He is particularly interested in the visualization of energy flow through human performance and also by objective, scientific methods.
 harry rutter Dr Harry Rutter is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was the founding Director of the National Obesity Observatory 2007-2011, and remains its strategic and scientific advisor. He led the establishment of the Department of Health National Child Measurement Programme, and was a core contributor to the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool for Walking and Cycling. He has a broad interest in the relationships between transport, the built environment and health, in particular the health impacts of walking and cycling.
emma-jayne abbots Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is a political and economic anthropologist whose research centres on the cultural politics and practices of consumption and the exchange of ‘things’, especially in relation to food and eating.
devi sridhar Dr Devi Sridhar is Senior Lecturer in global health policy at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
 michelle belot Professor Michèle Belot is Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is mainly empirical and in the area of behavioural and labour economics. Current projects are related to habitual behavioural (particularly in the context of diet), bounded memory and counterproductive behaviour in the workplace. Her work is based on various types of data; from traditional surveys to non-standard field data and data collected through controlled experiments in the laboratory.
amandine garde Professor Amandine Garde is Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on the role which legal instruments can play in promoting healthier lifestyles, thus contributing to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases at global, regional and national level. She is a qualified solicitor having trained at Simmons & Simmons in their London and Paris offices, and has lectured at King’s College London, at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge (where she was a Fellow of Selwyn College), at the University of Exeter, and at the University of Durham.

Annamaria  CarusiDr Annamaria Carusi is Reader in Medical Humanities, Honorary Reader in Philosophy, University of Sheffield, and Co-Director of Medical Humanities Sheffield. Her research combines philosophical and sociological perspectives on science and technology, and she has a particular interest in the development of advanced computational techniques and artificial intelligence in medical life sciences and in the social sciences. Her research has focused on the epistemology of modelling, simulation and visualisation, the phenomenology of scientific imaging and visualising, and ethical aspects of computational social science.


Fredrik KarpeFredrik Karpe is Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford, and Director of Oxford BioBank. His research is directed at understanding human adipose tissue function and the effects of obesity on metabolism. The links between body fat distribution (across the upper and lower body) and diabetes and cardiovascular disease are of especial interest. His research group is working on clarifying the nature and extent of protection that lower body adipose tissue confers against these chronic diseases, especially the detrimental role of adipose tissue around the abdomen, by studying these tissues at both cellular and whole body level.

michelle pentecostMichelle Pentecost is a physician-anthropologist working at the intersections of medicine, public health, anthropology, and medical education. She is Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Kings College London. Her anthropological research sits at the intersections of medical anthropology and science and technology studies within anthropology’s growing corpus of critical studies of global health, including critical analysis of ‘the first thousand days’ approaches to childhood health and nutrition.


emma rich

The research of Dr Emma Rich, University of Bath,  focusses on critical pedagogies of health and physical activity;  advancing theoretical frameworks to understand how people learn about health and their bodies (pedagogical processes) and the impact this has on their identities, health practices, and physical activity. Her work includes advancing novel theoretical approaches to understanding health.   Rather than focusing purely on sport, her articulations of the physically active body consider its socio-cultural constitution across a myriad of sites and practices.  She explore the contemporary practices, discourses and subjectivities through which active bodies are governed, regulated and experienced in contemporary society, and draws on recent theorisations of education and expressions of social action to challenge social inequalities of health and physical cultures. The practical application of these theories is providing novel, qualitative evidence shaping physical activity and health debates and informing related policies and practices.

K Eli profile imageDr Karin Eli is a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School, where her work focuses on clinical decision making in critical care. She is also a Research Associate at the SOAS Food Studies Centre and at the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, where she continues her long-standing research on eating disorders and childhood obesity, with particular focus on Israel, the UK, the US, and Sweden. Karin approaches eating disorders and obesity as multi-level biocultural conditions, and studies them on the micro-scale of narrative and lived experience as well as the macro-scale of policy and socioeconomic structures. She collaborates extensively across disciplines, and has published in numerous anthropological, clinical, and interdisciplinary journals.

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