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Dr Richard Gorman

Dr Richard Gorman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Amory D386

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

Overview

My research takes an interdisciplinary approach and uses qualitative social science research to understand situated practices of health, care, and medicine. I am specifically interested in how health intersects with people’s cultural, ethical, and emotional relationships with animals and opens up complex policy interfaces relating human and animal care.

I joined the Department of Geography in September 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, part of The Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare project, working with Professor Gail Davies and collaborators across several other institutions and disciplines.

Patient and Public Involvement

With Gail Davies, our work aims to understand patient and public involvement within practices of animal research. Patient and public involvement seeks to enable patients and members of the public to apply their priorities to the development and delivery of health services and improve the quality and relevance of research by drawing on the lived expertise of individuals affected by the health conditions that research aims to benefit. We are seeking to understand how involvement and engagement activities can be organised in ways that are sensitive to the diverse experiences of lay members, researchers, and others involved, and open up authentic and meaningful conversations.

Care Farming

My ESRC-funded PhD research, at Cardiff University, pioneered geographical research on the role of animals within caring and therapeutic practices, focusing on ‘care-farming’ as an emerging practice that utilises farm spaces as a wellbeing intervention. I have subsequently developed international interdisciplinary collaborative work with colleagues in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, investigating the potential of care-farming as a therapeutic intervention for individuals affected by traumatic bereavement. 

Horseshoe Crabs and Endotoxin Testing

I am currently leading on a Wellcome Trust funded research project aiming to explore the range of different perspectives relating to alternative methods in bacterial endotoxin detection. This is a complex, and international, scientific and societal issue, situated at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. The research arises from the premise that addressing emerging questions in global public health, which intersect with ecological concerns and ethical issues, requires novel interdisciplinary collaborations involving social science. 

 

I am also the secretary of the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Twitter: @SustainableRich

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development (University of Wales, Bangor)

PhD in Human Geography (Cardiff University)

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Journal articles

Cacciatore J, Gorman R, Thieleman K (2020). Evaluating care farming as a means to care for those in trauma and grief. Health & Place, 102281-102281. Full text.
Davies G, Gorman R, Greenhough B, Hobson-West P, Kirk RGW, Message R, Dmitriy M, Palmer A, Roe E, Ashall V, et al (2020). The Animal Research Nexus: a new approach to the connections between science, health, and animal welfare. Medical Humanities Abstract.  Full text.
Gorman R (2019). What’s in it for the animals? Symbiotically considering ‘therapeutic’ human-animal relations within spaces and practices of care farming. Medical Humanities Abstract.  Full text.
Gorman R (2018). Human-livestock relationships and community supported agriculture (CSA) in the UK. Journal of Rural Studies Abstract.  Full text.
Gorman R (2017). Changing ethnographic mediums: the place-based contingency of smartphones and scratchnotes. Area, 49(2), 223-229. Full text.
Gorman R, Cacciatore J (2017). Cultivating our humanity: a systematic review of care farming & traumatic grief. Health & Place, 47, 12-21.
Gorman R (2017). Smelling therapeutic landscapes: Embodied encounters within spaces of care farming. Health & Place, 47, 22-28. Full text.
Gorman R (2017). Therapeutic landscapes and non-human animals: the roles and contested positions of animals within care farming assemblages. Social and Cultural Geography, 18(3), 315-335. Abstract.  Full text.
Gorman R (2017). Thinking critically about health and human-animal relations: Therapeutic affect within spaces of care farming. Social Science and Medicine Abstract.  Full text.

Chapters

Davies GF, Gorman R, Crudgington B (2019). Which patient takes centre stage? Placing patient voices in animal research. In Atkinson S, Hunt R (Eds.) GeoHumanities and Health, Springer, 141-155.  Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Publications by year


2020

Cacciatore J, Gorman R, Thieleman K (2020). Evaluating care farming as a means to care for those in trauma and grief. Health & Place, 102281-102281. Full text.
Davies G, Gorman R, Greenhough B, Hobson-West P, Kirk RGW, Message R, Dmitriy M, Palmer A, Roe E, Ashall V, et al (2020). The Animal Research Nexus: a new approach to the connections between science, health, and animal welfare. Medical Humanities Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Gorman R (2019). What’s in it for the animals? Symbiotically considering ‘therapeutic’ human-animal relations within spaces and practices of care farming. Medical Humanities Abstract.  Full text.
Davies GF, Gorman R, Crudgington B (2019). Which patient takes centre stage? Placing patient voices in animal research. In Atkinson S, Hunt R (Eds.) GeoHumanities and Health, Springer, 141-155.  Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

Gorman R (2018). Human-livestock relationships and community supported agriculture (CSA) in the UK. Journal of Rural Studies Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Gorman R (2017). Changing ethnographic mediums: the place-based contingency of smartphones and scratchnotes. Area, 49(2), 223-229. Full text.
Gorman R, Cacciatore J (2017). Cultivating our humanity: a systematic review of care farming & traumatic grief. Health & Place, 47, 12-21.
Gorman R (2017). Smelling therapeutic landscapes: Embodied encounters within spaces of care farming. Health & Place, 47, 22-28. Full text.
Gorman R (2017). Therapeutic landscapes and non-human animals: the roles and contested positions of animals within care farming assemblages. Social and Cultural Geography, 18(3), 315-335. Abstract.  Full text.
Gorman R (2017). Thinking critically about health and human-animal relations: Therapeutic affect within spaces of care farming. Social Science and Medicine Abstract.  Full text.

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