Dr John Tredinnick-Rowe

Dr John Tredinnick-Rowe

PenCLAHRC Research Fellow E

Institute of Translational & Stratified Medicine (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)


Research Assistant - Ehealth Market Research and Innovation (0.6FTE)

Research Fellow - Complex Interventions at PenCLAHRC (0.4 FTE)


PhD Medical Services  (Exeter Medical School)

Professional membership

2014 – 2016 Royal Economics Society

2014 – 2016 American Semiotics Society

2015 – 2016 Association for the MedicalHumanities

2016 – 2017 International Society for BiosemioticStudies

2016 – 2018 Philosophy of Education Society ofGreat Britain

2016 – 2018 Association for the Study of MedicalEducation

2017 – 2018 Associate of the Institute of CornishStudies

2017 – 2018 International Association forSemiotic Studies

2017 – 2018 Society for Research into HigherEducation

2017 – 2018 Royal Institute of Philosophy

Teaching interests

I teach on the University's Masters in Clinical Education (MClinEd), especially on the Post-Graduate Diploma level course 'Assessment in Clinical Education’. My teaching relates to medical remediation and the assessment of validity in medical education. This covers a range of educational, psychological and psychometric theory.

The course attracts a wide variety of student from clinical professionals and applied health care as well as intercalating medical students. In addition, I ran the administration of this course and was responsible for the benchmark and marking of assignments on assessment design and reflective critical pieces. I also teach a Student Selected Unit (SSU) in the philosophy of diagnosis.

Research interests

Research Themes: Medical Revalidation and Appraisal, Remediation, Medical Education, Medical Semiotics,Biosemiotics, Theoretical Biology, Medical Service Innovation, Medical Service Evaluation, E-health, Socio-linguistics, Semiology, Edusemiotics, Scholastic Realism, Political Nationalism

Favourite Theorists: Bourdieu, Deleuze-Guattari, Foucault, Charles Sanders Peirce, Giannozzo Manetti, Thur von Uexküll, Kalevi Kull, John Deely.

Theoretical Interests: Normalisation Process Theory, Social Capital, Habitus, Policy Implementation,

Grants & contracts


-         Co-applicantApplicant: Evaluating the impact of an electronic consultation tool in primarycare: A mixed methods evaluation in Devon and Cornwall , funded through NHSKernow CCG & NHS Northern, Eastern And Western Devon CCCG, £30,445 

-        Principle Applicant: Santander Undergraduate, postgraduate & staff Mobility Support  Scholarship 2017-18: Medical Semiology £5000 

2017 Principle Applicant: PedRIO: Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation Fund £5,000  

2016 Council of Europe Travel fund to travel to 5-day workshop -€369 

2015 The Lithuanian Council for Culture, Fee for delivering 5-day workshop - €450 

2015 Foundation for the sociology of Health and Illness Post-Grad International Travel Grant - £506

2015 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Travel Grant - £75

2014  Royal Economics Society InternationalConference Grant - £250

2014 University of ExeterBusiness School Travel Grant - £200

2014 Peninsula College of medicine and Dentistry conference funding - £250  

2013 COST ACTION IS1204Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (TObeWELL) short term scientific mission (STSM) € 2,498 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Journal Articles


Tredinnick-Rowe J, Taylor T, Tuohino A. (2018).Public Health and Well-being Innovation in the Natural Environment Sector:Lessons from the UK and Finland. EuropeanJournal of Environment and Public Health. 2018; 2 (2), 08. https://doi.org/10.20897/ejeph/3904

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2018). Increasing the efficiency of a solaroven/ Aumentando la eficiencia de un horno solar. Campus 22(24), P.149 – 170. http://www.usmp.edu.pe/campus/pdf/revista24/articulo1.pdf

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2018). Reflexiones sobre el refinamiento modular y el aprendizajeinterprofesional en la educación clínica, Revista- Cátedra Villarreal 6, (1) P.11-15DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24039/cv201861250

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2018) Can Edusemiotics beused to Drive Paradigm Changes in Medical Education? (Accepted in Sign System Studies Special issues oneducational semiotics, in press)

MindaugasGapševičius, John Tredinnick-Rowe, Juan Pablo Diaz, Lina Rukevičiūtė,Brian Degger. (2018). Semiotic Thresholds,Between Arts and Biological Science: Green Technology and the Concept ofPhytomining Semiotic Review, 6, 1 -25


Anbleyth-Evans, J. Tredinnick-Rowe,J. (2018). Aggregate dredging impacts in South East England: Improvingecological health by integrating fisher ecological knowledge with scientificresearch, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 135, P.129-138 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.051

Tazzyman, A. Ferguson, J., Walshe,K. Boyd, A. Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Hillier, C. Archer, J. (2018). Theevolving purposes of medical revalidation in the United Kingdom: a qualitativestudy of professional and regulatory narratives. Academic Medicine 93 (4), P. 642–647 DOI:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001993 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5895134/

Bryce,M.. Luscombe, K. Boyd, A. Tazzyman, A. Tredinnick-Rowe, J., Walsh, K.  Archer, J. (2017). Policing the profession? Regulatory reform, restratification and theemergence of Responsible Officers as a new locus of power in UK medicine Social Science and Medicine, 213, P.98-105https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.042

Ferguson,J., Tazzyman, A. Walshe, K. Boyd, A., Archer, J., Bryce, M., Tredinnick-Rowe,J. Price, T. (2018). “You’re just a locum”: social identity and temporaryworkers in the medical profession (Accepted in Social Science and Medicine, in press).

Tazzyman,A., Bryce, M., Ferguson, J., Walshe, K., Boyd, A., Price, T., and Tredinnick-Rowe,J. (2018). Reforming regulatory relationships: the impact of medicalrevalidation on doctors, employers and the General Medical Council in theUnited Kingdom (Accepted in Regulationand Governance, in press).

Wakeling,Judy. Holmes, Sarah. Boyd, Alan. Bryce, Marie. Cameron, Niall. Marshall, Martin.Tredinnick-Rowe, John. Archer, Julian. (2018) Reflective practice forpatient benefit: an analysis of doctors’ appraisal portfolios in Scotland.(Accepted in the Journal of ContinuingEducation in the Health Professions  in press).



Tredinnick-Rowe, J.  (2017). Sign, Symptom and Sale – towards asemiotic oncology, (Accepted in Semiotica,forthcoming) doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2016-0107

Tredinnick-Rowe,J.  (2017). ¿Que esla Semiótica Médica? Revista - Cátedra Villarreal 4 (2) Pp.135 -155 -   ISSN: 2311-2212.

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2017). The (Re)-Introduction of Semiotics intoMedical Education: a literature review of the works of Thure von Uexküll’sGermanophone works. BMJ Medical Humanities, 42 Pp. 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2016-010969

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2016). In Search of Thurevon Uexküll: Psychosomatician? Biosemiotician? or Clinical Educator? Semiotics2015: Virtual Identities. Legas Publishing, Ottawa, ON. Pp223-236 doi:10.5840/cpsem201524  

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2016). The Global Diffusionand Application of Medical Semiotics: From Medical Semiotics to MedicalSemiology. Association for Medical Humanities International Journal Conference2016 1 (1). P22-3   ISBN:978-0-9955193-0-5  

Tredinnick-Rowe,J. (2017). The Semiotics of Minority Language Branding: a study in theCeltic languages. Submitted to the InternationalJournal of Marketing Semiotics.  Vol5, ISSN: 2195-2280, p2-17. https://ijms.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/ijms-vol-v1.pdf

Walshe,K.  Boyd, A.  Bryce, M. Luscombe, K. Tazzyman, A. Tredinnick-Rowe,J. Archer, J. (2017). Implementing medical revalidation in the UnitedKingdom: findings about organisationalchanges and impacts from a survey of Responsible Officers Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 110 (1) pp. 23–30 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0141076816683556

Tazzyman,A, Ferguson, J., Hillier, C., Boyd, A., Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Archer, J., Regande Bere, S., Walsh, K. (2017).The implementation of medical revalidation: anassessment using normalisation process theory. BMC Health Services Research 17, Pp 749 -755,  DOI: 101.1186/s12913-017-2710-5 https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-017-2710-5


Tredinnick-Rowe,J., Taylor, T. (2016). ¿Cuán saludable es mi Diseño? Cómo medir losbeneficios psicológicos y físicos de los equiposde juego para niños. Campus, 21,Pp11- 24, ISSN: 1812-6049 http://www.repositorioacademico.usmp.edu.pe/bitstream/usmp/2167/1/11-24.pdf

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2015). The Paradox of Giving– insights into the gift economy, in Semiotics2014: The Semiotics of Paradox. Legas Publishing, Ottawa, ON.Pp 119-134, doi: 10.5840/cpsem20147

Willett, J. and Tredinnick-Rowe,J. (2016). The Fragmentation of the Nation State? Regional Development,Distinctiveness, and the Growth of Nationalism in Cornish Politics, Nationsand Nationalism 22 (4), Pp.768–785https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12188


Non-Peer ReviewedPublications

Book Chapters


Tredinnick-Rowe,J. (2018). The Role of Pedagogy in Clinical Education (Ed), Olga Bernad Cavero& Nuria Llevot Calvet. In, New Pedagogical Challenges in the 21st Century -Contributions of Research in Education, Intech: London, P269-285. ISBN 978-953-51-5488-4 https://www.intechopen.com/books/new-pedagogical-challenges-in-the-21st-century-contributions-of-research-in-education/the-role-of-pedagogy-in-clinical-education


Tredinnick-Rowe,J. (2017). Feminismin Cornwall(Ed). Gerard Bona i Fonoll, Fflur Arwel and Iva Petković. In, Feminism in the Peripheries of Europe. Centre MauritsCoppieters.  Brussels. Pp 68 – 79. 

Alfonsi,François. Zañartu, Max. Macias, Xabier. Dauwen, Günther. (2017). Imagi-nation: 100 years of political visualcommunication on self-determination. Centre Maurits Coppieters. Brussels.ISBN: 978-90-826321-2-5 (I collected the some of the visual plates for the publication)

Taylor,Tim. Tredinnick-Rowe, John. (2017). Criticalissues in ageing, tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services (Ed), GarethShaw. In, Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (accepted - forthcoming).


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. And Taylor, T. (2015). Contested Natures: lessons from environment and human health. In: The Roleof Humanities in Contemporary Society: Semiotics, Culture, Technologies.Selected Proceedings from the 1stInternational congress of Numanities. Eds. Audronė Daubarienė, DarioMartinelli.   Pp159-167. ISBN:978-609-02-1139-7

Tredinnick-Rowe.J. (2015) Cornwall: employment in a rural periphery (Eds). Olrik Bouma. InSocio-economic Youth Issues. Centre Maurits Coppieters. (Unpublished –available on request)

Tredinnick-Rowe.J. And Khanwalkar, S. (2015). Cornish Self-determination: a semioticanalysis of political cartooning. (Ed). Gerard Bona i Fonoll. In Democracy and European Emerging Values: The Right toDecide.  Centre Maurits Coppieters.  Brussels. Pp. 22-43.


Rowe,J. and Taylor, T. (2014) The use of local culture and sustainabilityin local food and beverage entrepreneurship: Case studies in Cornwall (Eds)Philip Sloan et al. In, The RoutledgeHandbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy. Abingdon, Pp 96- 110


Rowe,J. (2012) Being young in Cornwall (Ed). Jana Baceva, In, The Future of Europe: An Integrated Youth Approach.  CentreMaurits Coppieters. Brussels.  Pp 14-23

PhD Thesis


Tredinnick-Rowe,John. (2015). Positioningthe environment as a health and well-being resource: a Bourdieusian approach.(Unpublished PhD thesis) Peninsula Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry.



Book Reviews


Review of Olteanu, Alin (2015). Philosophy ofEducation in the Semiotics of Charles Peirce: A Cosmology of Learning andLoving, Peter Lang, Oxford.  For Journal of Philosophy of Education. http://www.philosophy-of-education.org/publications/book-review-philosophy-of-education-in-the-semiotics-of-charles-peirce.html


Review of DeShazer, Mary K. (2013).Mammographies: The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives, Universityof Michigan Press, Michigan.   For Sociology of Health and Illness. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12319/abstract


News Articles

I have contributed articles to the online newsjournal - Nationalia

Tredinnick-Rowe. 2016. Brexit and Stateless Nations,why does Cornwall have Eurosceptics? In Nationalia.http://www.nationalia.info/opinion/10688/brexit-and-stateless-nations-why-does-cornwall-have-eurosceptics

A Catalán version can be found here:  http://www.nationalia.cat/opinion/10688/brexit-and-stateless-nations-why-does-cornwall-have-eurosceptics?llengua_ant=ca

External Reports


Archer, J., Cameron, N., Lewis,M., Marshall, M., Regan de Bere, S., Walshe, K., Wilson. S., Boyd, A., Bryce,M., Ferguson, J., Holmes, S., Lalani, M., Baines, R., Rae, P., Roberts, M., Tazzyman,A., Tredinnick-Rowe, J., Wakeling, J., Zahra, D. Gabe-Thomas, E.,Stevens, S. (2018). UK Medical Revalidation Collaboration, Evaluating theregulatory impact of medical revalidation; final report April 2018 for the General Medical Council.



Price, T. Regan de Bere, S. Archer,J. Ayres, R. Baines, R. Gravett, T.  Stevens,S. Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2017). SustainingProject Equinox: A Feasibility Study. Plymouth.

Archer, J., Cameron, N., Lewis,M., Marshall, M., Regan de Bere, S., Walshe, K., Wilson. S., Boyd, A., Bryce,M., Ferguson, J., Holmes, S., Lalani, M., Baines, R., Rae, P., Roberts, M., Tazzyman,A., Tredinnick-Rowe, J., Wakeling, J., Zahra, D. Gabe-Thomas, E.,Stevens, S. (2017). UK Medical Revalidation Collaboration, Evaluating theregulatory impact of medical revalidation; progress report January 2017 for the General Medical Council.


Archer, J.,Cameron, N., Laugharne, K., Marshall, M., Regan de Bere, S., Walshe, K.,  Boyd, A., Bryce, M., Hillier, C., Holmes, S.,Howarth, S., Lalani, M., Roberts, M., Tazzyman, A., Tredinnick-Rowe, J.,Wakeling, J., Zahra, D., Gabe-Thomas, E., Stevens. S. (2016). UK MedicalRevalidation Collaboration Interim report for the General Medical Council. Availableat:


Walshe,K., Archer, J., Boyd, A., Bloor, K., Gutacker, N., Bojke, C., Tazzyman, A.,Hillier, C., Tredinnick-Rowe, J., Luscombe, K. (2016). Evaluatingthe development of medical revalidation in England and its impact onorganisational performance and medical practice Interim Report for theDepartment of Health Policy Research Programme (PR-R9-0114-11002).


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. (2013). Report for COSTACTION IS1204: Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (TObeWELL) Short TermScientific Mission – STSM. Accessible at: http://www.tobewell.eu/stsm/year1reports/


11.      Conference papers


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Medical semiotics and medicalsemiology in South America, Peruvian Research Network, Queen Mary University, London. 3rd May 2018         


Tredinnick-Rowe, J.Springer Book Series: Numanities – Arts and Humanities in ProgressMedical Humanities Awayday, Meavy, Devon: Peninsula Medical School,  July 2017

Tredinnick-Rowe, J.Subjectivity andAdaptation in Medical Education and Assessment – is there a role for semiotics?[learning as adaptation panel], International Association for Semiotic Studies,13th World Congress of Semiotics Kaunas, Lithuania, 26-30 June, 2017 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16339.89124



Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Association for MedicalHumanities Annual Conference. The Global Diffusion and Application of MedicalSemiotics - From Medical Semiotics to Medical Semiology. University of Greenwich, London, July 2016. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.12145.58721

Read, James. Tredinnick-Rowe,J. The Semantics of Remediation - primed to fail? The impact of negativeword association upon student performance in remediation, European Board ofMedical Assessors Annual Conference: Crossing Boundaries - Assessment inMedical Education, Exeter, UK, October 2016.


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. London School of Hygiene andTropical Medicine, What is Medical Semiotics? ESRC Sociology of DiagnosisWorkshop, London May 2015.

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. International SemioticsSociety, 2nd Annual conferenceof Numanities, Sign, Symptoms and Sales:towards a semiotic oncology, Kaunas, Lithuania, May 2015.

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. International SemioticsSociety, 2nd Annual conferenceof Numanities, Phytomining: case forhomestead and Mars, Kaunas, Lithuania, May 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.12984.44806


Willett, J. and Tredinnick-Rowe,J. Neo-Liberal EconomicDevelopment, Competitiveness, and the Growth of Mebyon Kernow in CornishPolitic, In the proceedings of the 64th Political StudiesAssociation annual international conference, Manchester, UK,  April 2014.

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. And Taylor, T. contestednatures: lessons from environment andhuman health proceedings in 1stinternational congress of Numanities,Kaunas, Lithuania, June 2014.

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Financial Sustainability andAccountability in Medical Services. Health and Medical Research Showcase,University of Exeter, Exeter, UK. June 2014. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17178.75208

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. And Taylor, T. The Paradox ofGiving – insights into the gift economy. Proceedingsin The Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting, Seattle, UnitedStates of America, October 2014. 

Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Heteroglossia in CornishLanguage Literature – the uniqueness of Enys Tresour.The Cornish Research Landscape, Organised by the Cornish Language Partnership.Pool, Cornwall, UK, October 2014.


Tredinnick-Rowe, J.Innovation in theNatural Environment: Products and Services, Peninsula Environment and HumanHealth Forum (ERDF), 28th November 2012, Pendennis Cornwall.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.21373.05609

Reports & invited lectures

External seminars


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Masterclass: SME and socialenterprise funding options for E-health in Devon and the South West. PeterChalk Centre, University of Exeter on 6th of June 2018.


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Speech at the Devon Chamberof Commerce, Network meeting. Plymouth, Devon 06/12/2017

Tredinnick-Rowe, J.  Kartounweyth Politek a OmerviransKernewek. At the Agan Tavas Cornish Association, Murdoch House, Redruth,Cornwall, April 1st 2017


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. The use of Medical Semioticsfor intercultural communication of medical concepts in refugee camps - Workshoporganised by Council of Europe on Youth Perspectives on Migration in Europe,Budapest, Hungry August 2016


Tredinnick-Rowe, J. Medical Semiotics andClinical Education. Medical Humanities Seminar Series, Roehampton University.London, 20th October, 2015 DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.15501.03047

Other academic activities

15.      Work as a Journal Reviewer

I have reviewed papers forTourism Management, Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, Oceansand Costal Management and the BMJ Medical Humanities Journal. I have reviewed NIHR Health Services and DeliveryResearch Programme submissions as a methodological expert (ethnography).

16.       Work as a Book Series Editor

I am on the editorial board ofthe forthcoming Springer book series Numanities– Arts and Humanities in Progress. Thisis a 7-year contract.  I have been involved in editing the following the first fourvolumes.

I amalso on the Cambridge Scholars Editorial Advisory Board for Publications thatrelate to marketing, specifically texts that concern: positional marketing,marketing semiotics, healthcare marketing, and the sociology of marketing.


Work as an English Language Proof Editor


I have worked as a paidEnglish Language Proof Reader for academic monographs, for researchers at theKaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania & edited an entire booksfor the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre:  Zangwill, Nick. Stanevičiūtė,Rūta. Povilionienė, Rima. 2018. Between Music andPhilosophy, Essence and Context. Springer: Oxford.

Research Journals

I have edited an entire issue of Lithuanian Musicology (Lietuvosmuzikologija) as an English language proof-reader and formatter.

 Masters Thesis

I have edited Masters Theses in Clinical Education Module as an Englishlanguage proof-reader and formatter.

Work as a Journal Editor

I am an external partner ofthe Editorial Committee for the JournalCAMPUS, the official journal of the faculty of engineering and architecture atthe Universidad San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru. http://www.usmp.edu.pe/campus/nosotros.php

Work as an Ethics Committee Member

I am a member of the Plymouth University’s faculty of education research ethics committee. I reviewpost-grad and staff ethics applications on a wide variety of educational (includingclinical education) topics.