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Doctoral Research Student, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham

Alexander teaches lay and professional audiences in Shamanic Studies, Native American studies, and Integrative Medicine. His extensive experience in these fields and in emergency medicine has directly informed his research in shamanism, safety, and risk.

Alexander’s research aims to examine the experiences and practices of western shamanic practitioners and the current social, safety, and risk issues that apply to this emerging field in healthcare as it transitions from traditional cultures into contemporary western settings.

His study will explore the concept of ‘safety’ in the context of shamanic practice in both traditional and contemporary western settings. It will contribute to theoretical understandings of CAM and shamanism and add to the body of professional knowledge within the fields of shamanic studies and complementary and alternative medicine for future public safety, policy, and practice debates.

Research Interests:
Patient Safety & Risk
Complementary, Alternative, Integrative Medicine and the Law
Patient-Centered Care
Healthcare Policy


  • 1988–present
    Director, FoxFire Foundation, Berlin, Germany
  • 2022–present
    PG Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham


  • 2020 
    University of Birmingham, Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills


  • 2015
    Shamanism and Safety: Ancient practices and modern issues, In: N. Gale, ed., Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine perspectives from social science and law, 1st ed. London: Routledge, Pages 87-97.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism
  • Writers' Guild of Great Britain