Dr Sarah Riley

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

Dr Sarah Riley

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Senior Lecturer

Department Director of Research

Contact Details

Profile

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
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 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

Lean light fit and tight: Fitblr blogs and the postfeminist transformation imperativeRiley, S. & Evans, A. 2018 New Sporting Femininities: : Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times. Toffoletti, K., Francombe-Webb, J. & Thorpe, H. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 207-22923 p. (New Femininities in Digital, Pysical and Sporting Cultures)
A critical review of postfeminist sensibilityRiley, S., Evans, A., Elliott, S., Rice, C. & Marecek, J. 2017 In : Social and Personality Psychology Compass.11, 12, e12367
“This dapper hotty is working that tweed look”: Extending Workplace Affects on TubeCrushEvans, A. & Riley, S. 2017 (Accepted/In press) Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media’. Dobson, . A., Robards, B. & Carah, N. (eds.). Springer Nature
"He’s a total TubeCrush": Postfeminist Sensibility as Intimate PublicsEvans, A. & Riley, S. 2017 In : Feminist Media Studies.
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)Riley, S. 2017 In : Feminism and Psychology.5 p.
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