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University of Exeter Medical School

 Daniel Mutanda

Daniel Mutanda

NIHR School for Public Health Research Predoctoral Fellow

 South Cloisters 


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Daniel Mutanda is a NIHR School for Public Health Predoctoral Fellow as part of the School for Public Health Environments Research at Exeter (SPHERE). Before Exeter, he worked as a research assistant in an NHS specialist mental health trust. In this role, he worked across eight research clinics aiding researchers and clinicians to evaluate the latest interventions and help bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

Daniel's interests span research civic epistemologies, the co-production of environmental public health knowledge and their translation into public policy. He is also a campaigner and advocate for the rights of displaced people for health and education. In these areas, he has lobbied policymakers at the House of Lords and delivered interventions at national and international conferences with UNHCR and UNESCO. Additionally, he is a member of the national steering group for City of Sanctuary’s ‘Universities of Sanctuary’ stream..


  • Master of Public Health
  • BSc Psychology

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Research interests

His research interests cover the determinants of mental health; health inequalities; natural environments; green cities; borderlands, bordering practices and migration. Further, he is interested in the co-production of environmental public health knowledge and its translation into public policy.

Research projects

NIHR SPHR Health Inequalities Programme Work Stream 2 - Co-creating knowledge partnerships with minoritized & marginalised communities/groups

NIHR SPHR Health Inequalities Programme Work Stream 2 - Evaluating coastal rural communities' active and sustainable travel (COAST)

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Journal articles

Harvey E, Mutanda D, Jones A-M, Hayward M (2024). How should psychological interventions for distressing voices be delivered: a comparison of outcomes for patients who received interventions remotely or face-to-face within routine clinical practice?. PSYCHOSIS-PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIAL AND INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES, 16(1), 91-97.  Author URL.
Hayward M, Bibby-Jones A-M, Thomas N, Paulik G, Mutanda D, Berry C (2024). Multi-modal hallucinations across diagnoses: What relationships do they have with voice-related distress?. Schizophr Res, 265, 58-65. Abstract.  Author URL.
Kaur K, Mutanda D, Almond P, Pandey A, Young P, Levitan T, Bibby-Jones A-M (2023). A co-produced service evaluation of ethnic minority community service user experiences of a specialist mental health service during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Health Services Research, 23(1). Abstract.
Zanello A, Mutanda D, Sentissi O, Hayward M (2023). Coping Strategy Enhancement for Auditory Verbal Hallucinations Within Routine Clinical Practice. J Nerv Ment Dis, 211(1), 79-82. Abstract.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

  • Universities of Sanctuary National Steering group member
  • City of Sanctuary Wellbeing and Health Stream group member
  • Student Action for Refugees Equal Access Activist group member

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