About Us

Why start Voices of Academia?

Voices of Academia has been created to bring together the voices of academics across the globe to discuss mental health and well-being in academia. Research has shown that academics – be that undergraduates, PhD researchers, or professors – often struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance and good mental health.

We believe that sharing honest accounts of life in academia, or our ‘voices’, we can help members of our community realise they are not alone.

Our Aims

  • To normalise conversations about mental health and mental illness in academia, and highlight that many people experience mental health concerns, from early career researchers to more senior academic staff.
  • To provide a voice for academics to share their experiences and encourage cultural change based on these experiences.
  • To amplify marginalised voices and support practical changes in higher education to create a culture of inclusivity and equity.
  • To promote wellness, exploring different strategies that work for an improved experience within academia.
  • To create a sense of community through story-telling, vulnerability, and connection.

Who we are

Voices of Academia is currently curated by:

Dr Marissa Edwards

Marissa is an Education-Focused lecturer at the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland. Her major research interests are mental health and mental illness in academia, PhD student well-being, and voice and organisational justice. She is currently lead guest editor of a forthcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Management Education focused on mental health and well-being among management students and educators. In her spare time, Marissa loves travelling, seeing live music and spending time with her rescue dog Ziggy.

Dr Zoë Ayres

Zoë Ayres

Zoë is both an analytical scientist and a mental health advocate, working improving mental health awareness in academia. Her work is on both reducing the stigma around mental health as well as working with universities to improve support available. Zoë is the author of a series of mental health posters – find out more at www.zjayres.com. Outside of work Zoë enjoys gardening, travelling and archery, and likes going for cocktails with friends.


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