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Gareth Davey



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Professor Gareth Davey’s teaching and research interests are broad and interdisciplinary. He is particularly interested in understandings and experiences of health and well-being and currently leads health psychology and well-being courses. Current strands of his ambitious research agenda include addiction and tobacco use, motivated by the high prevalence of tobacco-induced mortality and morbidity in Asia, and subjective well-being and quality of life. All of these are underpinned by an urgent need to address formidable challenges in the poorest and most underdeveloped countries, while also recognizing the subjectivity of these concepts.

Concerned about unfairness in the reproduction of ‘mainstream’ academic and public narratives, his research gives voice to understudied perspectives and populations, especially minority and indigenous identities. Since beginning his academic career many years ago in animal welfare and environmental psychology, Gareth has been continuing his commitment to environmental stewardship, for example, he is currently researching the human dimensions of stray cats and dogs in southeast Asia.

Gareth is a specialist in advanced qualitative methodology, and the creator of the ‘travelogue methodology’, an innovative framework that brings travel into research and knowledge creation. Committed to high-quality teaching and learning, he is a practitioner-researcher and regularly participates in classroom research and reflective practice.


PhD: 2017, Anthropology, University of Kent, United Kingdom; 2005, Psychology, University of Bolton


Professor Gareth Davey is a social psychologist and sociologist renowned for high-quality teaching and research. His international career spans assistant professor to full professor positions in China, India, Thailand, Lebanon, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and now a senior appointment in Vietnam.

His qualifications include two doctorates, a Master of Public Health (Global Health) from the University of Manchester, a Master of Health Psychology from the University of Ulster, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wales, Swansea. He currently holds a visiting professorship at a U.K. university. In 2022, he was ranked among the top 2% of the world’s scientists by Stanford University’s John P. A. Ioannidis (DOI:10.17632/btchxktzyw.4, Version 4).


  • Health Psychology
  • The Art & Science of Well-being
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Developmental Psychology
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