The Open Review team is made up of ESRC-funded students who are undertaking PhDs at SWDTP universities. This is the core team that manages the day-to-day operations and editorial work of The Open Review. Further PhD students and academics will also be involved in the peer review process.

Jessica Armitage

Research topic: Genetic and environmental influences underlying resilience and wellbeing Understanding the complex aetiology of mental health is a crucial, and pressing area of research, with the ultimate aim of helping individuals to remain mentally healthy across the life-course. Using methods from epidemiology, psychology and behavioural genetics, my research explores why some individuals are more resilient than others when presented with life’s stresses and strains, and the role that genetic and environmental factors play in promoting resilience and wellbeing. Fun fact: Enjoys going to the rugby and supporting Exeter Chiefs

Jessica Armitage

University of Bristol
Benjamin Woolfe

Research area: I seek to explore the causal effect of on- and off-line social networks on disease risk and resilience, and the extent to which this is genetically mediated. I grew up in London, but read Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Oxford and subsequently completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My primary academic interests are the philosophical and scientific issues involved in causal inference, and gene-environment interplay. I've worked as an epidemiologist for Statistics Canada and peer reviewed for F1000research. Fun Fact: I'm a prop consultant for the 3rd Kingsmen film

Benjamin Woolfe

University of Bristol
Michael Rogerson

I am an integrated PhD student in the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society at the University of Bath’s School of Management. I am currently researching modern slavery in organizations, having previously conducted research on modern slavery in a multinational construction company, and blockchain’s potential use as a tool for enhancing visibility in supply chains. In the decade before arriving in Bath, I lived in nine different countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. I am more than a bit obsessed with Russia, so (please!) talk to me about anything related to Russian history, politics, or culture (and suggest coffee).

Michael Rogerson

University of Bath
Polly Winfield

I am undertaking a 1+3 at the University of Bath researching memorialisation and national identity in South Africa, with a specific interest in the impact of museums commemorating Apartheid on reconciliation in a post-1994 context. Before coming to Bath, I did an MA Conflict Resolution at King's College London, where I did 3 months of fieldwork in South Africa, and a BA Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. I have experience working across non-profit, think-tank and parliamentary settings, through previous roles at the European Parliament, ISS Africa and various international development NGOs. The most recent initiative I am working on is Coalition Peace which seeks to create tech solutions for community driven peacebuilding. Fun Fact: I have worked in Spain, Brussels and South Africa.

Polly Winfield

University of Bath
Max Guarini

My research interests include discourse analysis, philosophy of social science, complex systems, relational ontology, post-structuralism, social movements and global political economy. I lived in Japan for seven years where I worked in English language and communication training, working with large multinationals and Japanese universities. I have written for Metropolis magazine, a leading English language magazine published in Tokyo, as well as for the University of Liverpool student newspaper. I gained a Politics degree from the University of Liverpool in 2004 and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol in 2014. I am currently on 1+3 Politics pathway. Fun Fact - I spent the vast majority of my childhood in southern Italy so I am fluent in Italian.

Max Guarini

University of Bristol