Dr Sarah Riley

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

Dr Sarah Riley

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Department Director of Research

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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, EPSRC, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, British Academy and charities. Current work focuses on how people are making sense of themselves within the context of neoliberalism and postfeminism. She leads Aberystwyth's Centre for Critical Psychology. 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 Qualitative Methods in Psychology section

Teaching

Module Coordinator
Lecturer

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, Chair of the British Psychology Society's Qualitative Methods in Psychology section and an established member of Teaching Qualitative Psychology, the teaching subsection of the BPS'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 EU, ESRC, EPSRC, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, British Academy and charities.. Current work focuses on how people are making sense of themselves within the context of neoliberalism and postfeminism. She leads Aberystwyth's Centre for Critical Psychology. Significant grants:•

Softley, T., Rowe, J., Martin, U., Duberley, J., Stewart, B., Zarges, C., Riley, S., Passam, S. Challenging different forms of bias in physical science and engineering research. 2018-2021 EPSRC, FEC £656,115 EPSRC contribution £524,892

Ensslin, A., Riley, S. & Rice, C. Writing new bodies: Critical Co-design for Twenty-First Century Digital-Born Bibliography. Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Grants, 2018-2021. Canadian $208,653.

Evans, A. & Riley, S. TubeCrush as Connected Intimacies: A Qualitative Analysis of Gender, Workplace and Contemporary Urban Space. British Academy 2017-2019. £5813.

Woods, M. (PI) Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe (IMAJINE) European Commission Horizon2 020 EU 4,768,397.50, January2017- December 2021. Riley, S. £12,000.

Bullen, K., Tod, D., Riley, S. & Hall, G. (2013). Developing Couple-Centred Survivorship Strategies in Ma

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 3.3pm-5 pm
  • Thursday 2pm-3.3pm

Publications

The gendered nature of self-helpRiley, S., Evans, A., Anderson, E. & Robson, M., 2019 , Feminism and Psychology, 29, 1.
I like to go out and have a good time: An ethnography of a group of young middle class urban Indian women participating in a new drinking cultureMurdeshwar, S., Riley, S. & Mackiewicz, A., 2019 , In : International Journal of Drug Policy.66, p. 1-88 p.
Presenting critical realist discourse analysis as a tool for making sense of service users’ accounts of their mental health problemsSims-Schoulten, W. & Riley, S., 2018 , Qualitative Health Research.
Celebrations amongst challenges: Considering the past, present and future of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Section of the British Psychological SocietyRiley, S., Brooks, J., Goodman, S., Cahill, S., Branney, P., Treharne, G. & Sullivan, C., 2018 , (Accepted/In press) In : Qualitative Research in Psychology.
"We achieve the impossible": Discourses of freedom and escape at music festivals and free partiesGriffin, C., Bengrey-Howell, A., Riley, S., Morey, Y. & Szmigin, I., 2018 , In : Journal of Consumer Culture.18, 4, p. 477-49620 p.
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