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Gareth Davey, Ph.D.

Davey Faculty, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, Webster University, Thailand Campus
Visiting Professor, Research Centre for Languages and Cultures,
School of Foreign Languages, Yunnan Normal University, China.



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Education / qualifications:

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Kent, U.K.
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Bolton, U.K.
M.Sc. Health Psychology, University of Ulster, U.K.
M.P.H. Public Health (Global Health), University of Manchester, U.K.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, British Psychological Society
B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology, University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.

Biography & Research Interests:

I'm an anthropologist and social psychologist with empirical and theoretical research interests in health and wellbeing, social and rural development, human dimensions of wildlife, and South East Asian culture and society.

My work is embedded in interdisciplinarity and mixed-methods to study human and non-human animals holistically, as biological-cultural-psychological-social wholes interacting in their natural and built environments. My current research projects in 2019-2020 include culture and health beliefs of Lu (an ethnic group spread across South East Asia), substance misuse and intervention in China, public feeding of stray animals in Thailand, and urban life in Bangkok.

At Webster University Thailand, I am continuing my academic journey into the heart of Southeast Asian culture and society. It began two decades ago with a research assistantship at Tsinghua University in Beijing, followed by assistant professorships in Chinese cities (Xianggang, Zhuhai), an associate professorship in Malaysia, and visiting full professorships in China and other countries. Currently, I am also a Visiting Professor at Yunnan Normal University where I helped to set up a research centre in the School of Foreign Languages. Prior to my academic career, I worked in customer service management in the U.K.

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis
  • PSYC 4900 Senior Overview
  • PSYC 4950 Senior Assessment
  • ANTH 2890 The Politics of Health and Disease

Forthcoming Publications (in press):

Turning points to becoming a tobacco smoker: Smoking initiation and identity change among Chinese youth. Symbolic Interaction. (SSCI, Q1, IF=0.667)

Tattoos, modernisation, and the nation-State: Dai Lue bodies as parchments for symbolic narratives of the self and Chinese society. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 20 (2), 165-183. (SSCI, Q1, IF=0.426)

Areca nut use by a Chinese ethnic minority, and its health implications. Substance Use and Misuse. (SCI, Q2, IF=1.132)

Free-roaming cat (Felis catus) management and welfare policies: Strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. (SCI, Q2, IF=1.19)

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