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Current doctoral research projects

We currently supervise students working to complete doctoral studies in a variety of fields, including psychosocial studies, sociology, gender and sexuality, and psychotherapy.

You can find a list of working titles, along with the name of the researcher and supervisors, below.

Research students and thesis

Supervisor(s)

  • Haley Curran (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Engaging with the public in a more meaningful way: creating a sustainable, long-term connection between the public and humanitarian NGOs

Bruna Seu

Jessica Reinisch

  • Ana Minozzo (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Over my skin: The aestheticization of the body and anxiety in contemporary capitalism

Stephen Frosh

Margarita Palacios

  • Joshua Oware (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Capturing race as it forms: Race, encounters, and affect

Gail Lewis

Stephen Frosh

  • Matthew Oakes (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    One-Dimension Subjectvity in the 21st century: An exploration of epistemological value-authority and deteriorating psychological health.

Amber Jacobs

Stephen Frosh

  • Valeh Amooi (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma in Iran: A Psychosocial Study

Bruna Seu

Stephen Frosh

  • Dominic Reilly (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Grindr, porn, and colonialism: interrogating the phenomenon of racialised sexual preferences

Gail Lewis

Bruna Seu

  • Matthew Martinez (MPhil Gender and Sexuality)
    Reading Resilience: Exploring Non-Normative Modes of Writing and Being

Elizabeth Hoult

Silvia Posocco

  • Nicholas Ib (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Shame and Sexuality: Between the Self and Society

Amber Jacobs

Lynne Segal

  • Anna Shadrina (PhD Sociology)
    Single Urban Women in Retirement in the new Russia: Institutionalised Gendered Ageism and Forms of Resistance

Sasha Roseneil

Lynne Segal

Brendan McGeever

  • Lenita Törning (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Being, Becoming and Belonging - A psychosocial study of young people's reflections and negotiations of ethical teachings in Christianity, Judaism and Islam

Stephen Frosh

Ben Gidley

  • Sharon Tugwell (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    The Queer Act of Breastfeeding: A psychosocial inquiry into meaning-making in the representations of breastfeeding in visual culture

Amber Jacobs

Lynne Segal

  • Iulia Minulescu (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    The Monster Within: between the onset and resolution of the oedipal crisis

Stephen Frosh

Amber Jacobs

  • Eleonora Bottini (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Women and gender violence in Italy

Lisa Baraitser

Sasha Roseneil

  • Dionysios Mitropolous (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    From Indignation to Collective Action: Subjectivity, Critique and Resistance in a Greek Context

Sasha Roseneil

Ben Gidley

  • Marita Vyrgioti (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Cannibalism and Colonialism in Psychoanalysis

Stephen Frosh

Lynne Segal

  • Chenyang Wang (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    The Notion of Time in Jacques Lacan's Theory

Stephen Frosh

Maria Aristodemou

  • Ben Yeo (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)
    Fathers and superheroes: how do men construct and experience 'father positions' in talking about their young child's superhero-themed play?

Bruna Seu

Laurence Spurling

  • Mark Wheeler (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    “I never really left”:  A retrospective qualitative study exploring second generation African-Caribbean men, psychosis,  and the reconstitution of ‘self’

Sasha Roseneil

Gail Lewis

  • Gerald Wayne Burnette (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Homonationalism, (Critical) Whiteness, and Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Britain

Yasmeen Narayan

Lisa Baraitser

  • Valerie Sanders (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Towards a theory of the psychodynamics of literary reading

Amber Jacobs

Elizabeth Hoult

Lisa Baraitser

  • Alan Bristow (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Psychosis, Writing and the Social Bond: Psychopathography as Social Critique

Lisa Baraitser

Ian Parker

  • Jonas Green (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    The Phallus and its Discontents

Lisa Baraitser

Amber Jacobs

  • Erol Saglam (PhD Sociology)
    Constitutive Ambiguities: Collective Memory and Subjectivity in Trabzon, Turkey

Silvia Posocco

Stephen Frosh

  • Magda Schmukalla (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    On sideways beyond a communist future: On Adorno, the communist utopia and post-communist art in Poland

Stephen Frosh

Esther Leslie

  • Javier Taillefer (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Just-Is: Contingency, Desire and Temporality

Margarita Palacios

Stephen Frosh

  • Jeffrey Baker (MPhil Psychosocial Studies)
    Adopting the Monster: Horror and the Family

Amber Jacobs

Matt Cook

  • Flavia Ansaldo (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)
    The Professional identity of Supervising Social Workers: negotiating the relational paradoxes of a job

Bruna Seu

Gail Lewis

  • Mike Laycock (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Doctor Who and Gay Identity

Amber Jacobs

Matt Cook

  • Coretta Samms (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)
    The psychosocial impact of raising a child with Asperger Syndrome

Elizabeth Hoult

Laurence Spurling

  • Joshua Cunliffe (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    Dream Construction, Deconstruction: what a re-reading of Freud on dreams can tell us about the structure of the unconscious and its relationship to deconstruction

Amber Jacobs

Lisa Baraitser

  • Grace Heaphy (DPsych Family & Systemic Psychotherapy)
    Does Systemic Psychotherapy make sense to psychiatrists working in adult meantal health?
Yasmeen Narayan
  • Joanna Bent-Hazelwood (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)
    Psychotherapy and Time: How do CAMHS clinicians talk about time in their work with children, young people and families?
Laurence Spurling
  • Felipe Kuzuhara (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    A Space for Affect

Stephen Frosh

Lisa Baraitser

  • Sarah Peter (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)

Viviane Green

Bruna Seu

  • Roni Bor (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)
    Contact supervision with looked after children: a psychosocial exploration into role construction, negotiation and wider implications
Lisa Baraitser
  • Anna Fleming (DPsych Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy)
    Theorizing Reflexivity in Systemic Psychotherapy
Amber Jacobs
  • Pauline Muir (PhD Psychosocial Studies)
    The meanings and uses of Gospel Music in a black-majority Pentecostal congregation in London

Yasmeen Narayan

William Ackah

Abel Ugba

The Department of Psychosocial Studies is an Institutional Founding Sponsor of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, the learned society established in 2014 to promote the development of the field.