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Miss Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi

Lecturer & Principal Investigator for Mental Health Research

Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education (RAMHHE)

Josephine NwaAmaka Bard, RMN, MSc, PGCertHE, BSc, FHEA. Registered mental health nurse and anthropologist by background. She is a lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion in the School of Health, Sports & Bioscience.

    Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi is an experienced researcher in community and social psychiatry research, including the importance of informal community mental health services,  pedagogy of mental health challenges among university students and most recently, Racism at Work (RaW).

    She is the founder of RAMHHE, the new and rapidly growing student-led campaign and research initiate that seeks to Raise Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education, which earned her a place in the  the UK Life Savers List List.

    Josephine leads the RAMHHE student-led campaign with student volunteers who plan, host and evaluate on-campus campaigns that create safe and inclusive spaces within university settings where students and staff members can engage in a collective dialogue about mental health.


    Most Recent Research

    Josephine's PhD study was funded by the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). For her PhD, Josephine conducted the first constructivist and interpretive ethnographic study of a community mental health cafe, which was underpinned by Pierre Bourdieu’s (1977) Theory of Practice and informed by extensive background study, including a visual ethnography, an autoethnography of her insider and outside experiences of the cafe, a scoping review of mental health cafes and a narrative literature review of five informal community mental health services.

    Previous Research

    She the Principal Investigator for the RAMHHE research team, collaborating with student volunteers and paid student interns, and a group of academic and non-academic staff members at several universities within and outside the UK.

    Research Centers

    Public Health and Health Promotion

    Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Qualitative Methodologies


    • Lecturer, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
      Dr Yakubu Salifu
    • University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
      Dr Winnie Ekezie
    • Soroti University, Uganda
      Dr Slyvia Nabulega
    • Keel University, United Kingdom
      Dr Noureen Asif Shivji
    • Bayero University, Kano
      Dr Muhammad Ladan


    Most Recent Publication
    - Bardi, J. N. Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education: Research Activity for Educators. Nurse Educ. 2020;45(2):65. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000727

    Previous Publications
    - Bardi et al., (2018) Floorboard, whitewalls and butterflies: autoethnography of The Dragon Café. Book of Conference Proceedings, International Quality Health Research Conference, Halifax, Canada.

    - Bauer, A.; Hyanek, V.; Figueroa, M.; Sandford, S.; Spalkova, D.; Bardi, J.; Greiffenberg, C. (2016), Social innovation in health care: The recovery approach in mental health. Deliverable 5.5 of the project: “Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation” (ITSSOIN), European Commission – 7th Framework Programme, Brussels: European Commission, DG Research.

    - Bardi, J. and Moorley, C. R. (2016) Improving the physical health assessment of people with serious mental illness. Primary Health Care. 26 (10), pp.28-33


    Office for Student 2018/19 £25, 382 and Office for Students 2019/20 £32,547


    Her research interests include qualitative research methodologies, anthropology into social and community psychiatry, mental health promotion, community and public opinion surveys and pedagogy of university education. Josephine has also presented at more than 20 national and international conferences where she received several awards.


    Josephine is also an avid guest blogger for the Institute of Health, The Nursing Times and ProtectED UK. She has written several blogs, some of which are listed below:

    The Institute of Mental Health

    The Nursing Times




    Subject Areas
    - HS6104 - Critical Practice and Perspectives in Health Promotion
    - HS4004 - Promoting Health Together

    Dissertation supervision - MSc Public Health and BSc Public Health and Health Promotion students