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Dr Jane Derges

Research Fellow

 01392 72 6005

 College House 1.02


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Jane is a Medical Anthropologist who joined the Medical School’s Mental Health team, in June 2017. She is working as a Research Fellow on an MRC funded study to investigate how members of the public can recognize and respond safely, to suicidal individuals in non-clinical settings. This is a qualitative study led by Prof. Christabel Owens. 

Prior to her role at the University of Exeter, Jane conducted qualitative research exploring the experiences of individuals who used the internet and social media in relation to suicide, which is part of her wider interest in suicide prevention through social interventions. She also undertakes long-term research in South Asia/ Sri Lanka, exploring mental health from a cross-cultural perspective; including the role of humanitarian organisations who work in conflict settings.



2001, Brunel University, MSc in Medical Anthropology

2008, University College London (UCL) PhD in Anthropology


Research interests

Medical Anthropology

Mental Health



Qualitative research


Resilience and survival in conflict settings


Research projects

  • I am currently working on an MRC grant with Prof Christabel Owens, looking at how the public can intervene safely in suicide prevention work.


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