Roz Austin


Individual Partner: Roz Austin, Individual Partner

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Resident in: UK;

Working in: UK; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Research/philosophy, Research/other/Qualitative mental health research/ ‘psychosis’ and creative methods for exploring voice-hearing/literary analysis of mental health narratives; Services/person-centered;

Related Area(s) of Interest: Medical humanities/English literature, Other/ geography;

Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health/General, Mental health/other/Voice hearing

Brief Description of Work
I am a doctoral student in Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of Geography; also part of the ‘Hearing the Voice’ research team. My thesis is a novel piece of research at the boundaries between geography and medical humanities. This project examines the phenomenon of voice-hearing, which has to date received little attention in geography, using empirical, conceptual, literary and historical methods. The project is based around an empirical study involving interviews with approximately thirty voice-hearers, in which they have been asked about their experiences of voice-hearing and whether they link these to difficult events from childhood and adulthood.

Read more:
For Blog-posts about focus groups sharing my interim findings with study participants please see:
23rd June 2015. ‘Coping Strategies for Living with Voices’
9th June 2015. ‘Voice-hearing and trauma: considering the impact of stigma’
‘Voice-hearing and spatialities of the emotions’, as part of Durham University’s Hearing the Voice project’s seminar series.