Robert Chapman has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship, which gives him a two-year research position at the University of Bristol.
's core research interests are in autism, neurodiversity theory, the philosophy of psychiatry, and the philosophy of disability.
His project on the Vice Chancellor's fellowship will analyse theories of mental health, wellbeing, and the good life in light of the rise of the neurodiversity movement.
The concept of neurodiversity implies a rejection of the species-standard functional norms relied on by various dominant approaches, and instead embraces diversity itself as the norm. This allows us to challenge leading conceptions of what is normal or healthy, as well as to open up new ways of conceptualising what it means to function well and flourish as human.
Rethinking our concepts of mental health and wellbeing will have important implication for ethical and psychiatric theory, as well as for disability policy and clinical practice.
Robert completed his PhD at the University of Essex
and has been a teaching associate at the University of Bristol during 2018-19.
The Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships scheme
is an exciting opportunity for exceptional early-career researchers to advance their research careers, and support the university's strategic priorities.