Staff Profile


Dr Ian Marsh


School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922569

Profile summary

I am a Reader in the School of Allied Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University Suicide-Safer project lead. I teach mostly on the undergraduate Occupational Therapy programme, looking at issues around participation in relation to disability, mental health service users and people with learning disabilities. I am interested in critical approaches to health and social care, particularly as they relate to suicide and suicide prevention. My publications include The Uses of History in the Unmaking of Modern Suicide, Journal of Social History (2013); Suicide: Foucault, History and Truth, Cambridge University Press (2010); & 'Queering Suicide: The Problematic Figure of the ‘Suicidal Homosexual’ in Psychiatric Discourse' in Burkhard Scherer (ed.) Queering Paradigms, Peter Lang (2010).

Research and knowledge exchange

2019-2020 Network Rail Suicide on the Railways in Great Britain: A Multi-Disciplinary Analysis (with Middlesex University and SOAS). As part of wider efforts to reduce suicide on the railways, a programme of work focusing on railway suicide prevention, from multiple perspectives. The main aim is to generate new multi-disciplinary insights and actionable intelligence for the rail industry.

2015 Prison suicide. Working with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust mental health prison in-reach service, NHS England commissioners, KCC Public Health leads, Samaritans Listener scheme volunteers, and Sheppey Group prison management to address the rise in suicides at HM Elmley Prison in Kent. The project involved delivering, alongside Oxleas mental health in-reach, Suicide Awareness Training for a range of staff at Elmley. This was highlighted as good practice by the CQC. A RED Student Internship was completed in 2015 on prison suicide, with a report circulated to stakeholders, and recommendations made for future work between CCCU, Kent and Sussex Safer Custody, KCC and Oxleas NHS Trust.

2015 Monitoring and Responding to suicide clusters in Kent. Working alongside KCC public health, ambulance and fire rescue services, prisons and Kent Police as academic lead in developing better monitoring and coordinated responses to suicide clusters in the county.

2014 RED Student Internship– older adults and suicide. Working with Samaritans, Maytree, Kent Police, KCC Public Health, Network rail and AGE UK to address older adult suicides in Kent. Report widely circulated and recommendations taken forward as part of the 2015-2020 Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Teaching and subject expertise

Suicide Prevention

Discourse Analysis

Disability Studies

Contexts of Participation

External activities

Academic Lead for Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Steering Group 2010-

Co-organiser, Critical Suicidology 2.0 conference, 29th June to 2nd July 2017, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK

Organising committee for Suicidology’s Cultural Turn, and Beyond at The Institute of Ethnology, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, March 2016.

Invited lecture 'Discourses of Prevention - Suicide' - University of Victoria, BC, Canada, March 2011

Publications and research outputs

Button, M. & Marsh, I. eds. (in press). Suicide and Social Justice: New Perspectives on the Politics of Suicide and Suicide Prevention. New York: Routledge

Hjelmeland, H., Knizek, B. L., Jaworski, K., & Marsh, I. (2018). Problematic advice from suicide prevention experts. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Marsh, I. (2017) Historical phenomenology: understanding experiences of suicide and suicidality across time. In: Pompili, M. , ed. Phenomenology of Suicide. Cham: Springer International Publishing. pp. 1-12 ISBN 9783319479750

Marsh, I.  (2015) Critiquing contemporary suicidology.   In: White, J., Kral, M., Morris, J. and Marsh, I., eds. Critical Suicidology: Transforming Suicide Research and Prevention for the 21st Century. Vancouver: UBC Press. pp. 15-30

White, J., Marsh, I., Kral, M. and Morris, J.  (2015) Introduction: rethinking suicide.   In: White, J., Marsh, I., Kral, M. and Morris, J., eds. Critical suicidology: transforming suicide research and prevention for the 21st Century. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Marsh, I.  (2015) ‘Critical suicidology': toward an inclusive, inventive and collaborative (post) suicidology.  Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 4 (5).  pp. 6-9.

Marsh, I. and White, J.  (2015) Boundaries, thresholds, and the liminal in youth suicide prevention practice.   In: Scott-Mhyre, H., Pacini-Ketchabaw, V. and Scott-Mhyre, K.S. G., eds. Youth Work, Early Education, and Psychology.       New York: Palgrave. ISBN 9781137480033 

Marsh, I.  (2014) Suicide: the hidden cost of the financial crisis.  New Statesman.   ISSN 1364-7431.  

Marsh, I (2013). The Uses of History in the Unmaking of Modern Suicide. Journal of Social History. 46 (3) Spring

Ghul, R. & Marsh, I. (2013). Teaching participation in occupations to first year occupational therapy students: an action research study. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Volume 76, Number 2 February     

Marsh, I. (2010) Suicide: Foucault, history and truth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521130011


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