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Research Interests

My research has dealt with the topics of self and identities.  Identity is recognised as important throughout the human sciences, and there are many different perspectives on the nature of identity.  What characterises my approach is a concern to study how individuals ‘do’ identity, that is, how they construct and mobilise particular identities in interaction with others and with what effects (interpersonal, social, ideological).  Related to this is an interest in interaction, discursive psychology and conversation analysis.

Research Groups


D.Phil., Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 1988
B.Sc. (Hons), 1st, University of Bristol, 1984


Course Development, Preparation and Delivery

University of Edinburgh

  • Critical Social Psychology (Psychology, Senior Honours), 1994-6, 2001-present.
  • Working with Specialist Psychological Data (MSc taught courses, core module);
  • Methodology 2 (Junior Honours): Qualitative Methods (2000-2004), Discursive Psychology (2000-present).
  • Psychology 1: Social Psychology, 1999-present.
  • Psychology Senior Honours: tutorials, 1988-1996, 1999-2004, 2007-present.
  • Psychology Literature Review supervision: 2009-present.

Administrative Roles

Teaching Director, Psychology. July 2011-
Co-ordinator of Adjustments for students with special needs. September 2009-August 2011.
Teaching Programme Review (Psychology), Co-ordinator and author of departmental report and documentation for external evaluators. 2005.
Co-organiser of the Annual Teaching Review Day (Psychology), March 2006, 2007, Dec. 2011.
Teaching Programme Review (Civil Engineering), Internal member of Review Team. 2006.
Senior Director of Studies, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, 2006-2009.
Director of Studies, May 1994-1996, 1999 – present.
Quality Assessment and Audit Officer for Psychology, 2004-2007, 2010-2011 and author of the annual Quality Assessment and Enhancement Report for Psychology. 
Course Organiser for Psychology Methodology 2, 2009-present.
Course Organiser for Working with Specialist Psychological Data (MSc), 2009-present.
Course Organiser for Psychology 3A (non-Honours), 2000-2002, and for Psychology 3 (Honours) during a major course re-organisation, July 2001-Jan. 2002.
ERASMUS Co-ordinator and Representative for International Students (Psychology), 2000-2001.
External Examiner (Psychology component), Stevenson College/University of Edinburgh ACCESS course, 1989-1995; 2008-present.
Women's Adviser (Psychology), 1996, 1999 – present.
Schools’ Liaison Officer (Psychology), 1989-1994.
Staff-Student Liaison Committee, Convenor, 1995-96, 2000-2005, 2010-2011; Member, 1988-1996, 1999-2000.
Audit Committee (Psychology), Convenor, 2000 – present.
Teaching Committee (Psychology), Member, 2004-present.
Representative (Psychology) on the Faculty of Social Sciences Library committee, 1993-1996.
Member, University Student Disciplinary Committee, 1993-1996.
Member, Social Science Faculty Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee, 1990-1996.



  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Social Psychology
  • Discursive Psychology


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