Luna Dolezal, PhD

University of Exeter

Luna is Professor of Philosophy and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, and currently co-Director of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health. She has been researching shame for over 15 years, and is PI of the Shame and Medicine Project (2020-2025), funded by the Wellcome Trust, and was PI of the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 Project (2020-2022), funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. Luna is author of The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body (Lexington Books, 2015), and co-author of Covid-19 and Shame: Political Emotions and Public Health in the UK (Bloomsbury, 2023), co-authored with Fred Cooper and Arthur Rose. She worked with Matthew Gibson to develop principles for Shame-Sensitive Practice, and subsequently Luna developed training in ‘shame competence’ in collaboration with the Devon & Cornwall Police. She has also worked closely with the Plymouth Trauma Informed Network to embed shame competence into trauma-informed approaches to practice. See Luna’s University of Exeter Staff Profile here.

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