The project has a distinguished Advisory Board to help formulate research strategy, review the project findings at different stages, and develop the dissemination strategy.
Paul Cann has recently retired as Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire. His research and policy interests include pensioner poverty, loneliness and social exclusion and care issues. Mr Cann is a founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness, and co-author of Safeguarding the Convoy: A Call to Action from the Campaign to End Loneliness (2011).
Thomas Dixon is Professor of History and a founder member of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London. He is a historian of medicine, philosophy and science, with particular interest in the history of the emotions. His most recent book is Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears (2015). He directs the project ‘Living with Feeling’, with which this project is partnered.
Rhodri Hayward is Reader in History and Director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London. He is a historian of psychiatry and neurobiology whose publications include Psychiatry in Britain (2013) and The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care (2014).
Colin Jones, CBE, FBA, is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. He specialises in French cultural, social and medical history and his many books include The Medical World of Early Modern France (co-author, 1998), Paris, Biography of a City (2004), and The Smile Revolution in 18th Century Paris (2014). Professor Jones is Past President of the Royal Historical Society.
Thomas Laqueur is Helen Fawcett Professor of History at University of California Berkeley. His many publications include Solitary Sex: a Cultural History of Masturbation (2003) and The Work of the Dead: a Cultural History of Mortal Remains (2015) which won five major prizes.
Hilary Marland is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick. Her most recent book is Health and Girlhood in Britain, 1874-1920 (2013) Professor Marland is Principal Investigator on the Wellcome Trust project, ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’.
Stefan Priebe is a consultant psychiatrist, Professor for Social and Community Psychiatry, and Director of the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary University of London). Problems of social isolation and loneliness among people with mental disorders are among Professor Priebe’s many specialisms; he has published numerous articles on this topic and runs a befriending programme for psychiatric patients out of his Unit.
Sally Shuttleworth, FBA, is Professorial Fellow in English at Oxford and Director of the European Research Council-funded project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: 19th Century Perspectives’. Her most recent book is The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science and Medicine, 1840-1900 (2010).
Christina Victor is Professor of Gerontology and Public Health at Brunel University. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Victor has published many books and articles in the field of gerontology, including many on loneliness among the elderly. From May 2015 to January 2017 she ran an ESRC Seminar Series titled ‘Reimagining Loneliness’. She is Editor of Ageing and Society, the leading social gerontology journal in the UK, and an active member of the Campaign to End Loneliness.
The project involves an international network of researchers investigating aspects of solitude and loneliness.
The network comprises researchers from across the humanities, and the social and medical sciences, as well as clinicians, campaigners and policy advisors. You can read more about their research here.