Project Team

The project team holds and steers the vision for the Synergi Collaborative Centre and its effective delivery, supported by the Advisory Board and Lankelly Chase Foundation.

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Director: Professor Kamaldeep Bhui CBE - Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology and Head of Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London

Director: Professor Kamaldeep Bhui CBEProfessor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology and Head of Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the East London NHS Foundation Trust, Co-Founder and Director of Careif, Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has led research and learning programmes on ethnic inequalities in mental illnesses, suicide, self-harm, chronic fatigue, violence and traumatic experiences, homelessness, refugee experiences, drug use and Mental Health Act detentions in hospitals and in the criminal justice system, including prisons. Kamaldeep has been an adviser to the Department of Health and Public Health England, and formerly chaired the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ committees on public health and transcultural psychiatry. He has supported three projects for the National Clinical Director on Mental Health (Consultation and Advice for NHS England, Public Health England, and providing a national public health online resource called Mental Health 4 Life). In 2016, Kamaldeep was awarded a CBE  in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours List for services to mental health care and research.

Co-Director: Joy Francis - Executive Director, Words of Colour Productions

Co-Director: Joy FrancisExecutive Director, Words of Colour Productions

Joy Francis is an expert in strategic communications, social policy and media relations across all disciplines and platforms. She has worked on national and regional ethnic minority mental health campaigns and policy initiatives for over 20 years. Francis co-authored the UK’s first survey on ethnic minority service users for Mind and has worked with government departments, police forces, NGOs, universities, charities and mental health trusts on national policy initiatives, such as the David ‘Rocky’ Bennett Inquiry and Delivering Race Equality. Words of Colour was appointed by Time to Change, England’s anti stigma mental health campaign, to develop regional media engagement campaigns targeting African and Caribbean communities. Most recently, Francis was the Media Liaison Lead for the Hillsborough Inquests, appointed by Birnberg Peirce law firm, which represented 77 of the 96 families of the deceased, and is the Media Liaison Lead for the Camber Sands Inquests.

Co-Director: Professor James Nazroo - Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), the University of Manchester

Co-Director: Professor James NazrooProfessor of Sociology and Director of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), the University of Manchester

Professor James Nazroo has conducted research on inequalities in health for almost 30 years, with a focus on the patterning and drivers of inequalities in later life, and on the inequalities faced by ethnic minority people. This work describes the patterning of differences in health across and within broad ethnic groupings, and assesses the contribution that social and economic disadvantage makes to these differences. Central to this approach has been developing an understanding of the links between ethnicity, racism and inequality, and how this evolves across the life course and over time. His research also covers the role of access to, and quality of health services, including a critical examinaIon of mental health services. Nazroo led the only national population-based surveys assessing ethnic differences in the prevalence of mental illness, and has written extensively on ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness.

Research Fellow: Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud - PhD in Sociology, University of Nottingham

Research Fellow: Dr Kristoffer HalvorsrudPhD in Sociology, University of Nottingham

Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London, and is part of the Synergi Collaborative Centre’s project team. Kristoffer previously worked as a Research Associate in the Evidence Synthesis Team in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. His duties included conducting systematic reviews informing guideline and policy development processes for key stakeholders within health such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). Before taking up a position at Newcastle University, Kristoffer worked as a Research Associate for the Knowledge Centre for Education (part of the Research Council of Norway). His main responsibility was conducting systematic reviews in educational research commissioned by the Norwegian government and informing reports/guidelines at an international level for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Kristoffer has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Nottingham. His thesis was on the topic of migration and ethnic relations through a case study of South African migrants in Britain.

Researcher: Dr James Rhodes -

Researcher: Dr James Rhodes

Dr James Rhodes is a Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Centre for the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester. His research interests and experience lie in the areas of race and ethnicity, inequalities, urban studies, and qualitative research. He has conducted research investigating racial and ethnic inequalities, far right support, reducing re-offending in the UK, and urban decline in the United States. He has contributed to a number of academic books, journals, and policy reports.