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Staff research interests

Members of the Department of Psychosocial Studies have wide-ranging research interests, as summarised below:

Dr Lisa Baraitser, Reader in Psychosocial Studies
Gender and sexuality; motherhood and the maternal; feminist theory; psychoanalysis; ethics of care; affect and emotion; materiality; temporality.

Professor Claire Callender, Professor of Higher Education Policy
Higher education policy; funding and finances of higher education students, both in the UK and internationally; widening participation; part-time students.

Professor Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology
Psychoanalysis; psychosocial research methods; relational ethics; social identities; masculinities.

Dr Ben Gidley, Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Contemporary forms of racialisation and intercultural encounter; diaspora, diversity and migration; urban sociology.

Viviane Green, Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Integration of accounts of emotional development; clinical issues relating to transmission of intergenerational trauma; multidisciplinary appraoches to empathy development and pathology; application of research to clinical practice; processes of psychic change; best practice applications of psychodynamic understanding in diverse contexts.

Dr Elizabeth Hoult, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Performance and development of resilience in learners who lack capital, have suffered extraordinary setbacks or hardships and/or who will not comply with academic conventions and expectations; methodologies that occupy the space between the arts and sociology; the contribution that autobiographical writing makes to empirical social research; application of deconstruction, particularly Hélène Cixous’ writing about l’écriture féminine, to social research.

Dr Amber Jacobs, Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Post-Freudian psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic feminist theory and feminist philosophy; ancient Greek myth and tragedy (feminist interpretations and political uses of) and contemporary recycling of myth in literature, culture and theory; writing and sexual difference, particularly contemporary literature by women; theories of and constructions of the maternal both in psychoanalytic feminism and contemporary culture ; representations and constructions of misogyny in cinema, literature and visual arts; visual culture, theories of gender and spectatorship, film theory, feminist cinema and practice as research (audiovisual practices).

Dr Gail Lewis, Reader in Psychosocial Studies
Gender and racialisation; Black feminism; psychodynamics of organisations; psychoanalysis; social policy and welfare practices; multiculture.

Dr Brendan McGeever, Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism
‘Race’ and racism; antisemitism; racialization; the former Soviet Union; Marxism; social theory; historical sociology; ethnographies of the archive.

Dr Yasmeen Narayan, Lecturer in Postcolonial and Psychosocial Studies
Histories of ‘race’ and racism; racialisation, psychoanalysis and postcoloniality; urban multiculture; criminalisation and imprisonment; addiction; postcolonial elites; Caribbean creolisation; gender and sexuality; ethnography.

Dr Margarita Palacios, Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Politics, culture and psychoanalytic theory; social theory and social philosophy; studies on violence and 'otherness'; language, critical epistemologies; memory and memorialisation; cultural sociology and social change; Latin America.

Dr Silvia Posocco, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Transnational gender and sexuality studies; social anthropology, social theory and cultural analysis; violence, conflict and genocide; secrecy; sociality; subjectivity; transnational adoption circuits, documents and archives; ethnography; Guatemala; Latin America.

Professor Lynne Segal, Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies
Dilemmas in feminist thought and practice; shifting understandings of gender and sexuality; identifications and belongings; intimacies and conflict; psychic paradoxes of ageing.

Dr Irene Bruna Seu, Reader in Psychosocial Studies
Human rights and humanitarianism; social responsibility and helping behaviour; psychosocial inquiry into moral apathy in response to human rights abuses; psychoanalytic and social psychological contributions to the understanding of oppression, race, discrimination, identity and helping behaviour; social constructions of femininity and gender; discourse analysis and social constructionism.

Dr Laurence Spurling, Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies
Comparing psychoanalytic therapy to other contemporary approaches; psychodynamic counselling; the clinical case study; psychotherapy with borderline personality disorders; psychoanalytic theory and technique; combining psychoanalytic practice with other therapies; psychoanalysis in public settings.

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.