Dr Rebecca Mancy

  • Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
  • Associate - Life Sciences (School of Life Sciences)
  • Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Learning Education Technology & Society)
  • Associate Academic (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

Biography

I have two part-time posts at the University of Glasgow.

  • Leckie Research Fellow: focusing on urbanisation, ecology and human health.
  • Senior Lecturer in Education: focusing on science and mathematics education (1.5 days per week).

My background is interdisciplinary. I have a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, as well as a first PhD in Education and a second PhD in Computing Science (focused on ecological modelling), both from the University of Glasgow. While living in Geneva, Switzerland, I worked in commercial software development.


Research interests

In my Research Fellow role, most of my research applies ecological theory to understanding the dynamics of both human and non-human populations. I work across the spectrum from theoretical projects with an ecological motivation to those with more obvious policy applications. In Education, my research has focused primarily on science and mathematics education.

The driving question behind much of my current work is whether urbanisation can generate benefits for both human and ecosystem health. Most of my work in this area is based on mathematical and simulation models (in R and Java), and I incorporate data from primary data collection as well as secondary sources, usually with a spatial dimension. Some examples of the work that I am doing on this theme are shown below.

Modelling human population dynamics

Human population dynamics - births, deaths and migration - form the basis of understanding urbanisation. I am interested in modelling human population dynamics using tools developed in ecology, such as matrix population models, that take into account the age distribution of fertility and death, and rural-urban movement. Measuring the source-sink nature of human populations in cities versus rural areas can help us to understand the drivers of population growth or decline at finer spatial scales than those usually considered.

Understanding the most rural populations

I am currently working with collaborators at Glasgow, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and in Kenya to collect data among pastoralist communities. These are some of the most rural and isolated populations in the world, placing them at the least urbanised end of the spectrum. We will analyse these data to understand the extent of health and wealth inequalities, as well as the role of fertility differences within and between households.

Land-use change, urbanisation and biodiversity

In order to understand the effect of urbanisation on ecoystem health, I focus primarily on biodiversity. I have recently begun working with Davide Dominoni, Sofie Spatharis and Jason Matthiopoulos, on a project to understand the impact of urbanisation on bird biodiversity, using data on land-use change and bird surveys.

Educational research

In Education, I have mainly worked on science and mathematics education, and public understanding of science. I have experience of working with both quantitative and qualitative data, and have used methods that span these, including phenomenography, grounded theory, content analysis and statistical data analysis. In some of my more recent work, I have become interested in the role of education as a driver of other outcomes, such as fertility.


Supervision

I supervise students in both Education and Ecology/Epidemiology.

I am currently supervising 3 PhD students, having previously supervised 8 PhD students to completion, as well as numerous MSc projects.


Teaching

I lead the course Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Education, as part of the MSc/MEd in Educational Studies.

I have also taught science and mathematics education/communication, statistics and programming.


Publications

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Number of items: 17.

2018

Hampson, K. , Trotter, C., Ventura, F., Steenson, R., Mancy, R. and WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium, (2018) The potential impact of improved provision of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Gavi-eligible countries: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, (Accepted for Publication)

Sakavara, A., Tsirtsis, G., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4), pp. 738-743. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1705944115) (PMID:29263095)

Smith, J. M. and Mancy, R. (2018) Exploring the relationship between metacognitive and collaborative talk during group mathematical problem solving – what do we mean by collaborative metacognition? Research in Mathematics Education, 20(1), pp. 14-36. (doi:10.1080/14794802.2017.1410215)

2017

Mancy, R., Brock, P. M. and Kao, R. R. (2017) An integrated framework for process-driven model construction in disease ecology and animal health. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 155. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00155) (PMID:29021983) (PMCID:PMC5623672)

Mpolya, E. A. et al. (2017) Towards elimination of dog-mediated human rabies: experiences from implementing a large-scale demonstration project in Southern Tanzania. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 21. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00021) (PMID:28321400) (PMCID:PMC5337520)

2016

Mtema, Z. et al. (2016) Mobile phones as surveillance tools: implementing and evaluating a large-scale intersectoral surveillance system for rabies in Tanzania. PLoS Medicine, 13(4), e1002002. (doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002002) (PMID:27070315) (PMCID:PMC4829224)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2016) Student positions on the relationship between evolution and creation: what kinds of changes occur and for what reasons? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), pp. 384-399. (doi:10.1002/tea.21302)

2014

Viana, M. , Mancy, R., Biek, R. , Cleaveland, S. , Cross, P. C., Lloyd-Smith, J. O. and Haydon, D. T. (2014) Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(5), pp. 270-279. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.03.002) (PMID:24726345) (PMCID:PMC4007595)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2014) Understanding student approaches to learning evolution in the context of their perceptions of the relationship between science and religion. International Journal of Science Education, 36(1), pp. 24-45. (doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.715315)

2013

Yasri, P., Arthur, S., Smith, M. U. and Mancy, R. (2013) Relating science and religion: an ontology of taxonomies and development of a research tool for identifying individual views. Science and Education, 22(10), pp. 2679-2707. (doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9623-4)

Mancy, R., Prosser, P. and Rogers, S. (2013) Discrete and continuous time simulations of spatial ecological processes predict different final population sizes and interspecific competition outcomes. Ecological Modelling, 259, pp. 50-61. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.03.013)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2013) The role of worldviews in student understandings of biological evolution. In: European Conference on Education 2013, Brighton, UK, 11-14 Jul 2013,

2011

Koletsou, A. and Mancy, R. (2011) Which efficacy constructs for large-scale social dilemma problems? Individual and collective forms of efficacy and outcome expectancies in the context of climate change mitigation. Risk Management, 13(4), pp. 184-208. (doi:10.1057/rm.2011.12)

Lowden, K., Hall, S., Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2011) SSERC's Support for Science Education in Scotland through CPD: External Evaluation Final Report. Project Report. Scottish Schools Education Research Council, Dunfermline, UK.

2010

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2010) Perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary theory and biblical explanations of the origins of life and their effects on the learning of evolution among high school students. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL, USA, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2010,

2009

Hall, S., Lowden, K., Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2009) Support for science education in Scotland through CPD. Project Report. SCRE Centre.

Savage, L. and Mancy, R. (2009) Which interests are at the heart of sex and relationships education in Scotland? In: Cervantes-Carson, A. and Oria, B. (eds.) Intimate Explorations: Reading Across Disciplines. Interdisciplinary Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 121-134. ISBN 9781904710479

This list was generated on Tue Oct 16 18:01:36 2018 BST.
Number of items: 17.

Articles

Hampson, K. , Trotter, C., Ventura, F., Steenson, R., Mancy, R. and WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium, (2018) The potential impact of improved provision of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Gavi-eligible countries: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, (Accepted for Publication)

Sakavara, A., Tsirtsis, G., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4), pp. 738-743. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1705944115) (PMID:29263095)

Smith, J. M. and Mancy, R. (2018) Exploring the relationship between metacognitive and collaborative talk during group mathematical problem solving – what do we mean by collaborative metacognition? Research in Mathematics Education, 20(1), pp. 14-36. (doi:10.1080/14794802.2017.1410215)

Mancy, R., Brock, P. M. and Kao, R. R. (2017) An integrated framework for process-driven model construction in disease ecology and animal health. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 155. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00155) (PMID:29021983) (PMCID:PMC5623672)

Mpolya, E. A. et al. (2017) Towards elimination of dog-mediated human rabies: experiences from implementing a large-scale demonstration project in Southern Tanzania. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 21. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00021) (PMID:28321400) (PMCID:PMC5337520)

Mtema, Z. et al. (2016) Mobile phones as surveillance tools: implementing and evaluating a large-scale intersectoral surveillance system for rabies in Tanzania. PLoS Medicine, 13(4), e1002002. (doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002002) (PMID:27070315) (PMCID:PMC4829224)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2016) Student positions on the relationship between evolution and creation: what kinds of changes occur and for what reasons? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), pp. 384-399. (doi:10.1002/tea.21302)

Viana, M. , Mancy, R., Biek, R. , Cleaveland, S. , Cross, P. C., Lloyd-Smith, J. O. and Haydon, D. T. (2014) Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(5), pp. 270-279. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.03.002) (PMID:24726345) (PMCID:PMC4007595)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2014) Understanding student approaches to learning evolution in the context of their perceptions of the relationship between science and religion. International Journal of Science Education, 36(1), pp. 24-45. (doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.715315)

Yasri, P., Arthur, S., Smith, M. U. and Mancy, R. (2013) Relating science and religion: an ontology of taxonomies and development of a research tool for identifying individual views. Science and Education, 22(10), pp. 2679-2707. (doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9623-4)

Mancy, R., Prosser, P. and Rogers, S. (2013) Discrete and continuous time simulations of spatial ecological processes predict different final population sizes and interspecific competition outcomes. Ecological Modelling, 259, pp. 50-61. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.03.013)

Koletsou, A. and Mancy, R. (2011) Which efficacy constructs for large-scale social dilemma problems? Individual and collective forms of efficacy and outcome expectancies in the context of climate change mitigation. Risk Management, 13(4), pp. 184-208. (doi:10.1057/rm.2011.12)

Book Sections

Savage, L. and Mancy, R. (2009) Which interests are at the heart of sex and relationships education in Scotland? In: Cervantes-Carson, A. and Oria, B. (eds.) Intimate Explorations: Reading Across Disciplines. Interdisciplinary Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 121-134. ISBN 9781904710479

Research Reports or Papers

Lowden, K., Hall, S., Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2011) SSERC's Support for Science Education in Scotland through CPD: External Evaluation Final Report. Project Report. Scottish Schools Education Research Council, Dunfermline, UK.

Hall, S., Lowden, K., Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2009) Support for science education in Scotland through CPD. Project Report. SCRE Centre.

Conference Proceedings

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2013) The role of worldviews in student understandings of biological evolution. In: European Conference on Education 2013, Brighton, UK, 11-14 Jul 2013,

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2010) Perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary theory and biblical explanations of the origins of life and their effects on the learning of evolution among high school students. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL, USA, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2010,

This list was generated on Tue Oct 16 18:01:36 2018 BST.