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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Academia


In this final webinar that is part of the Navigating Career Success with AESOP YAN and RSA series, we will bring together young academics, established academics and mental health professionals to share coping mechanisms and details on support and resources available.

The webinar is organised in partnership between the Association of European Planning School’s Young Academics Network (AESOP YAN) and the RSA. Following many years of informal collaboration, we teamed up with the network to develop a webinar series focussing on navigating career success specifically designed for PhD students and early career researchers. As with all RSA webinars, these webinars are free and open to all to attend live and do not require a current membership of either Association. The recording of the webinar will be made available after the webinar via the RSA Lounge and YAN website.


Cassie Hazell, University of Surrey, UK

Dr Cassie Hazell is a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. She completed her PhD at the University of Sussex on the topic of guided self-help for people distressed by hearing voices. She has since completed postdoctoral positions at the University of Sussex, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and the University of Oxford – all in the area of mental health and mostly working on clinical trials. Dr Hazell was the co-lead researcher on the U-DOC project – the largest survey ever conducted on the mental health of PhD students

Charlotte Morris, University of Portsmouth, UK

Dr Charlotte Morris is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She has research interests in higher education, relationships, gender, sexuality and intersectional inequalities. She previously taught across Sociology, Education and Gender Studies at the University of Sussex (2014 – 2020) where she completed a PhD Gender Studies in the Department of Sociology in 2014. She has also held posts as Research Fellow with the Centre for Higher Education & Equity Research and as a Researcher in the field of learning and teaching in higher education at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Brighton. She has led projects in the field of widening participation; undergraduate and postgraduate learning; student disabilities, mental health and wellbeing; student parents and carers and experiences of early career women academics. She leads the Education, Social Justice and Transformation research group at the university and contributes to development sessions for postgraduate students and supervisors, especially in relation to wellbeing.

David Watson, University of Essex, UK

Prior to working at the University of Essex David Watson was an Associate Professor at Norwich Business School from 2017-2023 and worked as a senior research associate on the Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme for the Economic and Social Research Council funded What Works Wellbeing Centre 2015-17. He is an experienced qualitative researcher with training in both quantitative and qualitative methods. He has worked on research projects in a number of settings, including social movements, community organisations and with vulnerable groups in deprived areas. He has experience of working in a number of settings outside academia including local government and the third sector.


Daniela Carl, Regional Studies Association, UK
Rumeysa Ceylan, AESOP

Registration and Timings

Thursday 25th April 2024 – 12pm – 1pm BST / 1pm – 2pm CEST

25 Apr 2024