Yuxin Peng

DPhil Student

St Antony's College

Thesis: Re-conceptualising treatment outcomes in mental health: an ethnography of Restore

Research: My research is about treatment outcomes in mental health. It aims to provide an ethnography of Restore, an Oxford mental health charity, with a particular focus on activities that are craft-based, bodily-engaging, and oriented towards socialisation (e.g. horticulture, woodwork, catering).

Founded by a group of psychiatrists and their colleagues at Littlemore Hospital, Restore began to organise craft-based activities for mental health patients discharged into the community in 1977. The charity has been funded by the local authorities, Mental Health Foundation, National Lottery, etc. It is now a cross-county and awards-winning organisation offering services to over 1,000 people each year. My MPhil fieldwork was conducted in one of its recovery groups in 2018.

Research interests: mental health, multiple efficacies and recovery, anthropology of body, space/place/landscape

Previous education:

MPhil Medical Anthropology, University of Oxford (2019)
BA Burmese (with Sociology as second major), Peking University (2017)

Conference attendances:

2020. 6  Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Annual Conference (to be re-arranged)
Chair and convener of the Health Panel No.3
Panel title: At the intersection of hope and trouble: rethinking mental health landscape

2019. 9  Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Ninth Annual Student Conference
Paper title: Gardening in an Oxford mental health charity

2019. 8  Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference
Paper title: How does the learning of horticulture techniques shape people’s perception of the self?

Besides my work as a medical anthropologist (to be), I am also a mental health first aider (MHFA England) since December 2019.