Dr Sarah Riley

PhD (Glasgow Caledonian), MPhil BSc (Queen’s, Belfast)

Dr Sarah Riley

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Department Director of Research

Senior Lecturer

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Sarah is an interdisciplinary researcher who draws on psychology, sociology cultural and media studies, to understand the person in context. Her work covers a range of identity issues including gender, embodiment, health, youth culture and citizenship. She uses a range of qualitative methods including discourse analysis, visual and participatory methods. She has been funded by the EU, ESRC, British Academy and charities. Current work focuses on how people are making sense of themselves within the context of neoliberalism and postfeminism. She leads the Department of Psychology's Critical Social Psychology at Aberystwyth research group. She is the module coordinator for the second year Qualitative Research Methods and final year ’21 Century self’ modules.

Additional Information

Editorial board or Associate Editor for the journals: Qualitative Methods in Psychology, Psychology & Healthy, Feminism & Psychology External examiner for Cardiff Metropolitan University School of Psychology Executive committee International Society Critical Health Psychology Chair for the British Psychology Society's subsection: Qualitative Methods in Psychology

Teaching

Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer
Lecturer
Tutor

Sarah teaches qualitative methods and critical social psychology. She also supervises dissertations in the areas of identity, gender and embodiment. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an established member of Teaching Qualitative Psychology, the teaching subsection of the British Psychology Society's Qualitative Methods in Psychology section. She has won enhancing teaching awards, and published on Qualitative Methods. Her blog on discourse analysis is: http://wordpress.aber.ac.uk/discourse-analysis/

Research

Sarah is an interdisciplinary researcher working across psychology, sociology, cultural and media studies, to understand the person in context. Her work covers a range of identity issues including gender, embodiment, health, youth culture and citizenship. She uses discourse analysis, visual and participatory methods. She has been funded by European Commission Horizon2020, ESRC, British Academy and charities. Current work focuses on how people are making sense of themselves within the context of neoliberalism and postfeminism. She leads the Department of Psychology's Critical Social Psychology at Aberystwyth research group. Significant grants:• Evans, A.&Riley, S. TubeCrush as Connected Intimacies. British Academy 2017-2019 £5813. • Woods, M. (PI) Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe (IMAJINE) European Commission Horizon2020 EU4,768,397.50, 2017- 2021. Riley, S. £12,000. • Bullen, K., Tod, D., Riley, S.&Hall, G. (2013). Developing Couple-Centred Survivorship Strategies in Male Uro-Genital Cancers. Tenovus, £19,696. 2013-2014 • Riley, S., Ensslin, S., Gong, Y.&Haran, J. (2012). Transformative thinking: Using digital fiction as a tool for improving body image. Welsh Crucible, £8,838. 2012- 2013. • Riley, S., McArdle, K.&Gill, R. ‘Exploring dilemmas of femininity with co-operative inquiry’. British Academy 2006-2009 £7054 • Riley, S.&Griffin, C. ‘Reverberating Rhythms: Social Identity&Political Participation in Clubland’. ESRC 2005- 2007 £44, 753 • Bengry-Howell, A. Negotiating managed consumption ESCR 2007-2010, FEC £319, 788 S. Riley as mentor

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 10am-11am
  • Tuesday 2pm-3pm
  • Thursday 12pm-1pm

Publications

Owen, C & Riley, S 2012, 'Teaching visual methods using Performative Storytelling, Reflective Practice and Learning through Doing' Psychology Learning and Teaching, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 60-65. DOI: 10.2304/plat.2012.11.1.60
Riley, S, Brown, R, Griffin, C & Morey, Y 2011, Tribal gatherings: Using art to disseminate research on club culture. in P Reavey (ed.), Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research.. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 190-203.
Riley, SC, Griffin, C & Morey, Y 2010, 'The case for "everyday politics": evaluating neo-tribal theory as a way to understand alternative forms of political participation, using electronic dance music culture as an example' Sociology, vol 44, no. 2, pp. 345-363. DOI: 10.1177/0038038509357206
Evans, A, Riley, SC & Shankar, A 2010, 'Technologies of sexiness: Theorizing women's engagement in the sexualisation of culture' Feminism and Psychology, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 114-131. DOI: 10.1177/0959353509351854
Riley, SC, Thompson, J & Griffin, C 2010, 'Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worlds' International Journal of Drug Policy, vol 21, no. 6, pp. 445-451. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.07.001
Evans, A, Riley, SC & Shankar, A 2010, 'Postfeminist Heterotopias: Negotiating ‘safe’ and ‘seedy’ in the British sex shop space' European Journal of Women's Studies, vol 17 , no. 3, pp. 211-229. DOI: 10.1177/1350506810368817
Riley, S, Morey, Y & Griffin, C 2010, 'The 'pleasure citizen' Analyzing partying as a form of social and political participation' Young, vol 18, no. 1, pp. 33-54. DOI: 10.1177/110330880901800104
Riley, SC, Rodham, K & Gavin, J 2009, 'Doing weight: Pro-ana and recovery identities in cyberspace' Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol 19, no. 5, pp. 348-359. DOI: 10.1002/casp.1022
Riley, SCE & Blackman, G 2008, 'Between prohibitions: Patterns and meanings of magic mushroom use in the UK.' Substance Use and Misuse, vol 43, no. 1, pp. 55-71. DOI: 10.1080/10826080701772363
Riley, S, Morey, Y & Griffin, C 2008, 'Ketamine: The Divisive Dissociative. A Discourse Analysis of the Constructions of Ketamine by Participants of a Free Party (Rave) Scene' Addiction Research and Theory, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 217-230. DOI: 10.1080/16066350801983715
Riley, S, Evans, A, Elliott, S, Rice, C & Marecek, J 2017, 'A critical review of postfeminist sensibility' Social and Personality Psychology Compass. DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12367
Evans, A & Riley, S 2017, “This dapper hotty is working that tweed look”: Extending Workplace Affects on TubeCrush. in A Dobson, B Robards & N Carah (eds), Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media’. Springer Nature.
Evans, A & Riley, S 2017, '"He’s a total TubeCrush": Postfeminist Sensibility as Intimate Publics' Feminist Media Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1367701
Riley, S 2017, 'Amy Shields Dobson, Postfeminist digital cultures: Femininity, social media and self-representation. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, USA, 2015; 202 pp. ISBN: 978-1-137-40839-6 (hardback)' Feminism and Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/0959353517705401
Riley, S & Evans, A 2017, Gender. in B Gough (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology. 1 edn, Springer Nature, pp. 409-431.
Szmigin, I, Bengry-Howell, A, Morey, Y, Griffin, C & Riley, S 2017, 'Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivals' Annals of Tourism Research, vol 63, pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2016.12.007
Evans, A & Riley, S 2017, The Entrepreneurial Practices of Becoming a Doll. in AS Elias, R Gill & C Scharff (eds), Aesthetic Labour : Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism. 1st edn, Dynamics of Virtual Work, Springer Nature, pp. 133-148. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-47765-1_7
Riley, S & Evans, A 2017, Lean light fit and tight: Fitblr blogs and the postfeminist transformation imperative. in New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times. Springer Nature.
Griffin, C, Bengrey-Howell, A, Riley, S, Morey, Y & Szmigin, I 2016, '"We achieve the impossible": Discourses of freedom and escape at music festivals and free parties' Journal of Consumer Culture. DOI: 10.1177/1469540516684187
Ensslin, A, Skains, L, Riley, S, Mackiewicz, A, Haran, J & Halliwell, E 2016, 'Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapy' Digital Creativity, vol 27, no. 3, pp. 177-195. DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2016.1210646
Riley, S, Evans, A & Mackiewicz, A 2016, 'It’s just between girls: Negotiating the postfeminist gaze in women’s ‘looking talk’' Feminism and Psychology, vol 26, no. 1, pp. 94-113. DOI: 10.1177/0959353515626182
Riley, S, Evans, A, Griffin, C, Morey, Y & Murphy, H 2015, 'Crossing into the digital realm', pp. 652-653, Psychologist, 28 8 01 August.
Riley, S & Reason, P 2015, Co-operative inquiry: An action research practice. in JA Smith (ed.), Qualitative psychology: A practical guide to research methods. 3rd edn, SAGE Publications, pp. 168-198.
Morey, Y, Bengry-Howell, A, Griffin, C, Szmigin, I & Riley, S 2014, Festivals 2.0: Consuming, Producing and Participating in the Extended Festival Experience. in A Bennett, I Woodward & J Taylor (eds), The Festivalisation of Culture : Celebration, Identity and Politics. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 251-268.
Evans, A & Riley, S 2014, Technologies of Sexiness: Sex, Identity, and Consumer Culture. Sexuality, Identity, and Society, Oxford University Press, New York. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199914760.001.0001
Sims-Schoulten, W & Riley, S 2014, Employing a form of critical realist discourse analysis for identity research. in PK Edwards, J O’Mahoney & S Vincent (eds), Studying organizations using critical realism: A practical guide. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 46-64.
Riley, S & Scharff, C 2013, 'Feminism Vs femininity? Exploring feminist dilemmas through cooperative inquiry research.' Feminism and Psychology, vol 23 , no. 2, pp. 207-223. DOI: 10.1177/0959353512454615
Evans, A & Riley, SC 2013, 'Immaculate consumption: negotiating the sex symbol in postfeminist celebrity culture' Journal of Gender Studies, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 268-281. DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2012.658145
Williams, C & Riley, S 2013, 'Finding Support and Negotiating Identity: An Analysis of the Structure and Content of Newbie Posts and their Elicited Replies on Five Pro-Eating Disorder Websites' Reset: Social Science Research on the Internet, vol 1, no. 2. DOI: 10.4000/reset.117
Riley, S, Griffin, C & Morey, Y 2012, The rise of the 'pleasure citizen': How leisure can be a site for alternative forms of political participation. in KN Demetriou (ed.), Democracy in Transition: Political Participation in the European Union. Springer Nature, pp. 61-76.