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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Catherine Charlwood

Dr Catherine Charlwood

IDEAL Research Translation and Impact Manager



Catherine’s literature doctorate was interdisciplinary with psychology looking at memory within poetry. She has published on a variety of literary topics including ageing in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro.

Co-host of LitSciPod: The Literature and Science Podcast, Catherine is committed to finding new ways for research to reach a wider public. As Research Translation and Impact Manager for the IDEAL project, she seeks to share the many findings of this important study with the varied stakeholder audiences who stand to benefit. As a former teacher, Catherine is particularly interested in bringing research impact to school students and teachers.


  • BA in English Literature, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2009)
  • MPhil in American Literature, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2010)
  • PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (2017)
  • Associate Fellow of the HEA (2019)


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Research interests

  • Memory and identity
  • Dementia
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Impact and public engagement
  • Research translation

Research projects

  • Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL)


  • 2019 British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) Research Funding Award for ‘Mutual Improvement Societies in Nineteenth-century Wales: The Lie of the Archival Landscape’
  • 2013 US-UK Fulbright Commission, American Studies Scholarship

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(eds)(2016). Interpreting Primo Levi., Palgrave Macmillan US.

Journal articles

Charlwood C (In Press). 'WHAT PROFIT?': THE MORALITY OF MOURNING AND REMEMBERING IN HARDY'S VERSE. Thomas Hardy Journal, 33, 14-32.
Pentecost C, Collins R, Dawson E, Stapley S, Quinn C, Charlwood C, Allan L, Victor C, Clare L (In Press). Navigating the coronavirus pandemic two years on: Experiences of carers of people with dementia from the British IDEAL cohort. International Journal of Care and Caring Abstract.
Dawson E, Collins R, Pentecost C, Stapley S, Quinn C, Charlwood C, Victor C, Clare L (2023). Navigating the coronavirus pandemic 2 years on: Experiences of people with dementia from the British IDEAL cohort. Dementia (London), 22(4), 760-782. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hillman A, Jones IR, Quinn C, Pentecost C, Stapley S, Charlwood C, Clare L (2023). The precariousness of living with, and caring for people with, dementia: Insights from the IDEAL programme. Social Science & Medicine, 331
Charlwood C (2022). Quiet and Personal, or Resoundingly Universal? an Ishiguro Crisis. English Studies, 103(7), 1045-1064. Abstract.
Charlwood C (2018). "stop. and Remember": Memory and Ageing in Kazuo Ishiguro's Novels. American, British and Canadian Studies, 31(1), 86-113. Abstract.
Charlwood C (2018). 'Habitually Embodied' Memories: the Materiality and Physicality of Music in Hardy's Poetry. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 17(2), 245-269. Abstract.
Charlwood C (2018). National Identities, Personal Crises: Amnesia in Kazuo Ishiguro's the Buried Giant. Open Cultural Studies, 2(1), 25-38. Abstract.
Charlwood C (2018). “[Dont] leave the science out”: an argument for the necessary pairing of cognition and culture. Configurations, 26(3), 303-310.


Charlwood C (2022). Don’t Mention the Guns: Omission by Substitution in Simon Armitage’s Killing Time. In  (Ed) Symbolism, De Gruyter, 143-158.

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External Engagement and Impact


Editorial responsibilities

  • On the Editorial Board for The Thomas Hardy Journal and The Hardy Society Journal

Invited lectures

  • ‘The Ballad’ at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz on module ELC 124: Poetic Forms (2020)
  • ‘“Infanticide Made Easy: The Case of Godfrey’s Cordial’, Bangor University’s School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics Research Seminar (2019)

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