China Mills is a lecturer in Critical Educational Psychology at the University of Sheffield’s School of Education, and is the author of Decolonizing Global Mental Health: the Psychiatrization of the Majority World (published by Routledge, 2014). China’s research interests lie mainly within critical interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the interconnections between cross/trans-cultural psychiatry, ‘global mental health’, psychotropic drugs, the pharmaceutical industry and (post)colonialism. More specifically she is interested in the means by which the psy-disciplines and psychotropic drugs travel across geographical borders: potentially reducing diversity in ways of understanding wellbeing; and pharmaceutically shaping our very understandings of ourselves and of the social conditions in which our lives are embedded. The role of the pharmaceutical industry in this process of globalisation, and the profits to be gained from increasing consumption of psychotropic medication in the ‘emergent markets’ of the global South (as well as increasingly testing new drugs on people living in poverty), remains a key concern in China’s work current work. Furthermore, China’s research explores the socio-politico-economic determinants of mental distress, and structural approaches to increasing well-being, particularly in contexts of poverty, entrenched inequality and neo-colonial oppression worldwide. Previously China worked as a research officer at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, looking at the intersections between social isolation, stigma and poverty. China is an editorial Board member of Disability and the Global South (DGS), and the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP). She is also a member of the editorial collective for Asylum – a magazine for democratic psychiatry.
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