Dr Blessing Marandure

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Institute for Psychological Science

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8411

E: blessing.marandure@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/psychology


Personal profile

Dr Marandure is a Chartered Psychologist who's expertise is in substance use, mental health, and resilience. She is interested in interdisciplinarity in research, and has collaborated with scholars from multiple disciplines including Journalism, Education, & Allied Health. Her research spans local and international contexts, with current projects in Zimbabwe, India, and Leicester. 

Dr Marandure is also passionate about advancing racial equity in Higher Education, and is an active member of the Decolonising DMU project as a Fair Outcomes Champion. She is also interested in research in anti-racism, racialisation and decoloniality in education. 

Research group affiliations

Mary Seacole Research Centre

Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Publications and outputs

  • Marandure, B.N, Hall, J., & Noreen, S. (in press). “…They’re talking to you as if they’re kind of dumbing it down.” A thematic analysis of Black students’ perceived reasons for the university awarding gap. British Educational Research Journal
  • Marandure, B.N., Mhizha, S., Wilson A. & Nhunzvi, C (2023). Understanding the nature of substance use in Zimbabwe: State of the art and ways forward: A scoping review protocol. Plos One, 18(3): e0272240. https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0272240
  • Marandure, B. N., Mhizha, S. & Wilson, A (2023). "Spice was made, by the devil himself": A thematic analysis of the experience of an addiction to synthetic cannabinoids. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
  • Marandure, B. (2022a). Representation matters: Reflections on Academia’s ‘Leaky Pipeline’. Higher Education Policy Institute Blog https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2022/10/17/representation-matters-reflections-on-academias-leaky-pipeline/
  • Marandure, B (2022b). Emotional labour in the ivory tower: highlighting the experiences of academics of colour. Higher Education Policy Institute Blog https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2022/10/31/emotional-labour-in-the-ivory-tower-highlighting-the-experiences-of-academics-of-colour/
  • Mhizha, S., Marandure, B. N., & Chikoko, W. (2021). Resilience Based Interventions to Street Childhood Among Street children in Zimbabwe. In Chirisa, I. & Chigudu, A. (Eds).  Resilience and Sustainability in Urban Africa. Springer Nature, Singapore, p115-129.
  • Scase, M. O. & Marandure, B. N. (2019). Development of and adherence to a gamified environment promoting health and wellbeing in older people with mild cognitive impairment. International Neuropsychological Society Conference (89th INS meeting and 18th SBNp meeting), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Marandure, B.N. (2017). The association between adolescent substance use and mental health: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Joint Workshop: Building Resilience Through the Lifespan, Funded by the British Council, Dubai
  • Scase, M., Marandure, B.N., Hancox, J., Kreiner, K., Hanke, S. & Kropf, J. (2017) Development of and adherence to a computer-based gamified environment  designed to promote health and wellbeing in older people with mild cognitive impairment. Studies in Health Technologies and Informatics In eHealth (pp. 348-355).
  • Marandure, B. N., & Graham, H. L. (2017). Self-reported reasons for voluntary abstinences by adolescent cannabis users. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 17 (1), pp. 23-31.
  • Marandure, B.N. (2017). Resilience and depression in adolescents: Exploring the moderation effects of alcohol use. Alcohol Research UK Early Career Symposium, London

  • Musian D., Alvino S., Vozzi F., Parodi O., Parolini M., Giugni F., Sandys R., Lupiáñez-villanueva F., Ferro E., Fauli C., Ascolese A., Palumbo F., Gallicchio C., Scase M., Bacciu D., Micheli A., Kropf J., Marandure B., Monton E., Hanke S., Kreiner K., Dutton R., Northwood D., Hall S., Cannon D., La Rosa D. (2016). DOREMI - Final report from the pilot site. Deliverable 6.6. Document - DOREMI - Final report from the pilot site (cnr.it)
  • Marandure, B. N. & Graham, H. L. (2016). Self reported reasons for voluntary abstinences by adolescent cannabis users. Society for the Study of Addiction, Annual Symposium, York, UK.

Research interests/expertise

  • Substance use (licit and illicit substances)
  • Addiction
  • Mental Health (including health inequalities & socio-cultural factors)
  • Race, Racism & Racialisation
  • Decoloniality

Areas of teaching

  • Module Leader: Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology (MSc Health Psychology)
  • Module Leader: Psychology of Addiction (BSc Psychology, Level 6)
  • Psychology & Mental Health (BSc Psychology, Level 5)
  • Dissertation Supervisor (UG & PG)



  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Birmingham)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Birmingham)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (De Montfort University)

Honours and awards

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (2023) Advance HE

Membership of external committees

  • British Academy Early Career Researcher Network Advisory Group
  • British Academy Early Career Researcher Network Equality Diversity and Inclusion Group 

Membership of professional associations and societies

Chartered Member: British Psychological Society

Professional licences and certificates

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Current research students

  • Akshata Parekh

Thesis Title: Development of a mental health literacy intervention utilising expressive arts therapy for medical professionals: A pilot study in Pune, India (1st Supervisor)

Internally funded research project information

  • [PI] Research and intervention strategies for substance use: A co-creation pilot study with substance users, family members and service providers, Harare, Zimbabwe. £4000 (QR Participatory Research Fund, DMU) Awarded November, 2022
  • [PI] An exploratory study of joint working between traditional/faith healers and allopathic mental health practitioners in the East Midlands. £1,900 (DMU) Awarded November, 2022
  • [PI] Exploring substance use disorders in the Zimbabwean context: State of the art and ways forward £1500 (DMU Seed fund award) Awarded April, 2022

Professional esteem indicators

  • Grants Panel Member & Reviewer: Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College
  • Review Editor in Public Mental Health (Specialty section of Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers in Psychiatry and Frontiers in Sociology)
  • Reviewer: PLoS One; Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; Journal of Research on Adolescence; Drugs, Habits and Social Policy; African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine