Dr Rebecca Mancy

  • Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
  • Senior Lecturer (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)
  • Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
  • Associate (School of Life Sciences)

telephone: 0141 330 3560
email: Rebecca.Mancy@glasgow.ac.uk

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Top Floor, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 3AX

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4667-9229

Biography

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

  • Leckie Research Fellow: focusing on urbanisation, ecology and human health (3.5 days per week).
  • Senior Lecturer in Education: focusing on science and mathematics education, as well as education in relation to socioeconomic inequality (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.

Socioeconomic inequality and health risk: What do we learn from historical archives?

I have been working to understand health riskin conjunction with socioeconomic inequality, exploiting historical information that allows us to evaluate longer-run implications of health risks such as disease outbreaks. This work includes projects on various aspects of inequality, health outcomes and relevant interventions, exploiting lessons from history for the present. These projects are in collaboration with Konstantinos Angelopoulos from the Adam Smith Business School and colleagues from Athens University of Economics and Business, Lancaster University, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, and Glasgow City Archives. The projects have been supported by grant and PhD funding from the ESRC, College of Social Sciences and Erasmus+; this includes a grant funded by ESRC as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19 with outputs including a Briefing Note on post-pandemic mortality dynamics.

Education and family structure in risk-exposed pastoralist communities

With Konstantinos Angelopoulos from the Adam Smith Business School, colleagues from Lancaster and Erasmus Universities, and from the NGO Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya, I work with Turkana pastoralist communities to understand inequality by studying the effects of shocks and mitigating activities such as herding, education, family structure, and policy interventions. This work has been supported by the Scottish Funding Council as part of GCRF and has included household surveys, household and key informant interviews, focus groups, and policy workshops. Engagement with local communities, NGOs and policymakers has led to a Briefing Note and an educational booklet to be used in local schools.  

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.

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.

Educational research

In Education, I have mainly worked on science and mathematics education, public understanding of science and language acquisition. 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.

Publications

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Number of items: 22.

2021

Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Schroeder, M. (2021) Briefing Note: Medium-run wealth inequality following COVID-19. Other. University of Glasgow and Lancaster University.

2020

Agol, D., Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Papyrakis, E. (2020) Briefing Note: Turkana pastoralists at risk: Why education matters. Other. Global Challenges Research Fund.

Agol, D., Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Papyrakis, E. (2020) Voices of the Turkana People. Other. Friends of Lake Turkana.

Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Schroeder, M. (2020) Briefing Note: Post-pandemic mortality dynamics: historical city-level evidence. Other. University of Glasgow and Lancaster University.

2019

Spatharis, S. , Lamprinou, V., Meziti, A., Kormas, K. A., Danielidis, D. D., Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Tsirtsis, G. (2019) Everything is not everywhere: can marine compartments shape phytoplankton assemblages? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1914), 20191890. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1890) (PMID:31662088) (PMCID:PMC6842854)

WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium, et al. (2019) The potential effect of improved provision of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Gavi-eligible countries: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(1), pp. 102-111. (doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30512-7) (PMID:30472178) (PMCID:PMC6300480)

2018

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) (PMCID:PMC5789903)

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

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Number of items: 22.

Articles

Spatharis, S. , Lamprinou, V., Meziti, A., Kormas, K. A., Danielidis, D. D., Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Tsirtsis, G. (2019) Everything is not everywhere: can marine compartments shape phytoplankton assemblages? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1914), 20191890. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1890) (PMID:31662088) (PMCID:PMC6842854)

WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium, et al. (2019) The potential effect of improved provision of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Gavi-eligible countries: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(1), pp. 102-111. (doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30512-7) (PMID:30472178) (PMCID:PMC6300480)

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) (PMCID:PMC5789903)

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

Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Schroeder, M. (2021) Briefing Note: Medium-run wealth inequality following COVID-19. Other. University of Glasgow and Lancaster University.

Agol, D., Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Papyrakis, E. (2020) Briefing Note: Turkana pastoralists at risk: Why education matters. Other. Global Challenges Research Fund.

Agol, D., Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Papyrakis, E. (2020) Voices of the Turkana People. Other. Friends of Lake Turkana.

Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Schroeder, M. (2020) Briefing Note: Post-pandemic mortality dynamics: historical city-level evidence. Other. University of Glasgow and Lancaster University.

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 Thu Sep 23 11:02:50 2021 BST.

Grants

Assessing policy to address the medium-run impact of COVID-19 on income and health inequality with models informed by the history of disease outbreaks
ESRC as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19
2020-2021

Understanding inequality using administrative data from municipal archives: The case of Glasgow
College Strategic Research Fund - College of Social Sciences
2019-2020

The insurance role of education in pastoralist communities
Global Challenges Research Fund - Scottish Funding Council
2019-2020

Poor among the pastoralists: The importance of bad luck for inequality
Global Challenges Research Fund - Scottish Funding Council
2018-2019

The Leckie Fellowship: Can urbanisation generate benefits for human and ecosystem health?
2017-2022

Modelling persistence in spatially-explicit ecological and epidemiological systems
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
2010-2014

EmergeNET (Network grant)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
2008-2012

Supervision

I supervise students in Ecology/Epidemiology/Population Health, and in Education. Please contact me if you are interested in working with me.

I am currently supervising 4 PhD students, having previously supervised 8 PhD students to completion, as well as numerous MSc projects.

I am particularly interested in projects that relate to urbanisation. 

Former PhD students

Current PhD Students with a web profile

  • ALBAZIE, HAIFA
    The factors affecting the use of E-Learning at a Saudi University
  • Awaji, Bakri Mohammed A
    Investigating the Effectiveness of Using GeoGebra on Students' Mathematical Proficiency
  • QIAO, Siqi
    Health, Income Inequality and Risk in the Past and Present
  • Stewart, Gillian
    Urban health inequalities from Victorian times to the present

Teaching

I am Course Leader of 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, ecological modelling, statistics and programming.

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2013: Best Research Supervisor, Student Teaching Awards (Student Representative Council, University of Glasgow)

Research fellowships

  • 2017 - 2022: Leckie Foundation