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Chris Griffin is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Bath. Much of her recent work explores the relationship between identities and consumption for young people, with a long-standing interest in young women's lives. Recent projects include a study of young people's experiences of 'branded' leisure at music festivals and free parties with Andrew Bengry-Howell; a project on clubbing and dance cultures as forms of social and political participation with Sarah Riley; and a major study on the role of branding and marketing of drinks in relation to young adults' everyday drinking practices as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Programme on 'Identities and Social Action'.

Craig Owen is a teaching fellow in psychology at the University of Bath. His PhD research explored the performance of embodied masculinities in capoeira and Latin and ballroom dance classes. He teaches 'Applying Psychology' and 'Controversies in Psychology' on the BSc programme. Craig is currently conducting research into people's experiences of underaking the UK citizenship test and ceremony.

Jeff Gavin is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Bath, where he teaches cyberpsychology and communication theory. His recent research focuses on identity construction and maintenance in various online settings including online dating, self-help forums, and social networking sites. He also investigates cross-cultural differences in online relationship formation, as well as perceptions of stalking, both on- and offline. He has published widely in journals including: Cyberpsychology and Behavior; Computers in Human Behavior; Qualitative Health Research; Culture, Health and Sexuality; and International Journal of Critical Psychology. He has also published several articles and book chapters on research ethics, co-authored with Karen Rodham.

Hannah Heath is a PhD student at the University of Bath. Her principal research interests lie in the exploration of the lived experiences of young people who support others, specifically the subsequent impact this has on relationships. Her current research uses a range of qualitative data collection and analytic strategies to explore how young people make sense of providing support to friends who self-harm. Hannah is currently teaching on the BSc first year ‘Controversies I and II’ courses as well as assisting on the second year ‘Research Methods & Design: Research Techniques’ and ‘Personality’ modules. Hannah graduated from Keele Univeristy with a BSc (Hons) degree in Criminology and Psychology in 2010 and an MSc in the Psychology of Health and Wellbeing in 2011.

Maxine Blackburn I am a PhD student in the Department for Health exploring the barriers to raising the topic of weight in general practice. I am particularly interested in looking at how health psychology can be used to support health professionals working in general practice but I also take a critical approach, recognising that the dominant models of behaviour in health psychology are silent in regards to the socio-political and cultural discourses surrounding health. I have a particular interest in medical education and envision moving into medical sociology in the future given my interest in exploring how sociological theories can increase our understanding of behaviour. I also have an interest in social inequalities and would like to carry out research looking at the ways medical professionals could support patients suffering illness due to the social determinants of behaviour.

Andrew Bengry-Howell is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Bath. He previously worked as a research fellow at the National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton where he researched methodological innovation in the Social Sciences. He is interested in qualitative methodology and research ethics, and has conducted research on youth and identity, with a particular focus on music festivals, the meaning of drinking and car modification. He has published in the Journal of Youth Studies, Sociology, European Journal of Marketing, and, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, and co-authored chapters in The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Psychology, and Identity in the 21st Century: New Trends in Changing Times.

Past Members

John Fellenor completed his PhD in the Psychology Department at the University of Bath. His research focussed on the role played by material objects and the physical environment in the intersubjective experience of sufferers of ME/CFS. He is also interested in developing different ways of theorising and talking about the unconscious; utilising ideas on metaphor, affect and psychosocially informed perspectives. In his spare time John enjoys motor biking, writing fiction, and playing tenor saxophone. He also teaches chemistry and psychology on a part-time basis.

James Thompson is a project research assistant at Coventry University. He assists with the delivery, communication and management of the 'Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates' project. His PhD research used qualitative methods to explore the different ways people make meaning of their experiences with magic (psilocybin) mushrooms. His research interests include psychedelic drug experiences, spiritual practices, anomalous experiences, understandings of reality, and philosophical approaches to transcending the symbolic and material divide. James graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2007 and from the University of Bath with a Master of Research in Psychology (MRes) in 2009.

Karen Rodham is a professor of health psychology at Staffordshire University. Her research focuses on understanding how people cope with difficult health-related situations. She has more than twenty years' experience of working as an academic. In addition, from 2006-2013 alongside her academic job, she worked as a practising health psychologist and led the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome psychology service for adults at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. In her “other” life, she is a qualified mountain leader and takes groups of young people into the hills to help them develop expedition experience, navigation and camp craft skills.

James Doodson is a PhD student at the University of Bath. James's research and personal interests revolve around Web 2.0 internet technology in mediating social relationships and social behaviours, and the ramifications of Web 2.0 on theories of identity and self. In particular, James has a keen interest in online Virtual Worlds (e.g. Second Life, World of Warcraft) and Social Networking Sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). James' PhD focuses on the use of social networking sites in undergraduate transition to university. James graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology and MRes in Psychology from the University of Bath in 2009 and 2010 respectively. James has spent time at IBM UK where he conducted a research study on the relationship between offline- and online-personality in the virtual world Second Life. For more information see:

Alison Mackiewicz is a research fellow at Aberystwyth University.  Her research interests are predominantly focused on identity practices, alcohol consumption and youth culture. As part of her PhD research she explored how femininities are taken-up, reworked and resisted within the dominant discourses of agency and consumer-oriented subjectivity; intersecting with issues of sexuality, gender, power and class, her research documents the lived-experience of women’s negotiations of sexiness and alcohol consumption in the twenty-first century.

Sarah Riley is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Aberystwyth University. Her research interests lie in contemporary social identity and the use of qualitative research methods. Her identity work has employed a psycho-social perspective to address issues in the areas of youth culture, embodiment, gender and consumption. In the process she has used a range of qualitative research methods including discourse analysis, co-operative inquiry and visual methods. Recent grants include Riley & Griffin 'Reverberating Rhythms: Social and Political Participation in Club Culture', ESRC 2005-2007 and Riley & Gill 'Exploring dilemmas of femininity with co-operative inquiry', 2006-2009 British Academy. She is a co-editor for the book Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management

Yvette Morey is a research fellow at the University of West England. Her research interests are: young people, mental health and wellbeing; risky behaviours, leisure and consumption; and identity and social practices online. Her areas of expertise are qualitative methods, digital methods and social surveys.


Helen Gregory is a psychology lecturer at the University of Brighton. She is interested in the social scientific study of the arts and popular culture, identity and social interaction. Her previous research has explored the educational and developmental implications of youth poetry slam; and the impact of a reminiscence-based poetry intervention of the quality of life and care of people with dementia. Helen is also a performance poet and organizes the Poetry&Words stage at Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. For more information see:

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