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

A critical review of postfeminist sensibilityRiley, S., Evans, A., Elliott, S., Rice, C. & Marecek, J. 2017 In : Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
“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.
GenderRiley, S. & Evans, A. 2017 The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology. Gough, B. (ed.). 1 ed.Springer Nature, p. 409-431
Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivalsSzmigin, I., Bengry-Howell, A., Morey, Y., Griffin, C. & Riley, S. 2017 In : Annals of Tourism Research.63, p. 1-11
The Entrepreneurial Practices of Becoming a DollEvans, A. & Riley, S. 2017 Aesthetic Labour : Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism. Elias, A. S., Gill, R. & Scharff, C. (eds.). 1st ed.Springer Nature, p. 133-148 (Dynamics of Virtual Work)
Lean light fit and tight: Fitblr blogs and the postfeminist transformation imperativeRiley, S. & Evans, A. 2017 (Accepted/In press) New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times.Springer Nature
"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. 2016 In : Journal of Consumer Culture.
Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapyEnsslin, A., Skains, L., Riley, S., Mackiewicz, A., Haran, J. & Halliwell, E. 2016 In : Digital Creativity.27, 3, p. 177-19519 p.
It’s just between girls: Negotiating the postfeminist gaze in women’s ‘looking talk’Riley, S., Evans, A. & Mackiewicz, A. 2016 In : Feminism and Psychology.26, 1, p. 94-113
Crossing into the digital realmRiley, S., Evans, A., Griffin, C., Morey, Y. & Murphy, H. 2015 Psychologist, 28, 8, p. 652-6532 p.
Co-operative inquiry: An action research practiceRiley, S. & Reason, P. 2015 Qualitative psychology: A practical guide to research methods. Smith, J. A. (ed.). 3rd ed.SAGE Publications, p. 168-19830 p.
Festivals 2.0: Consuming, Producing and Participating in the Extended Festival ExperienceMorey, Y., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Szmigin, I. & Riley, S. 2014 The Festivalisation of Culture : Celebration, Identity and Politics. Bennett, A., Woodward, I. & Taylor, J. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 251-268
Technologies of Sexiness: Sex, Identity, and Consumer CultureEvans, A. & Riley, S. 2014 New York: Oxford University Press. 164 p. (Sexuality, Identity, and Society)
Employing a form of critical realist discourse analysis for identity researchSims-Schoulten, W. & Riley, S. 2014 Studying organizations using critical realism: A practical guide. Edwards, P. K., O’Mahoney, J. & Vincent, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 46-64
Feminism Vs femininity? Exploring feminist dilemmas through cooperative inquiry research.Riley, S. & Scharff, C. 2013 In : Feminism and Psychology.23 , 2, p. 207-223
Immaculate consumption: negotiating the sex symbol in postfeminist celebrity cultureEvans, A. & Riley, S. C. 2013 In : Journal of Gender Studies.22, 3, p. 268-28114 p.
Finding Support and Negotiating Identity: An Analysis of the Structure and Content of Newbie Posts and their Elicited Replies on Five Pro-Eating Disorder WebsitesWilliams, C. & Riley, S. 2013 In : Reset: Social Science Research on the Internet.1, 2
The rise of the 'pleasure citizen': How leisure can be a site for alternative forms of political participation.Riley, S., Griffin, C. & Morey, Y. 2012 Democracy in Transition: Political Participation in the European Union. Demetriou, K. N. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 61-7615 p.
Teaching visual methods using Performative Storytelling, Reflective Practice and Learning through DoingOwen, C. & Riley, S. 2012 In : Psychology Learning and Teaching.11, 1, p. 60-65
Tribal gatherings: Using art to disseminate research on club cultureRiley, S., Brown, R., Griffin, C. & Morey, Y. 2011 Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research.. Reavey , P. (ed.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 190-203
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 exampleRiley, S. C., Griffin, C. & Morey, Y. 2010 In : Sociology.44, 2, p. 345-36319 p.
Technologies of sexiness: Theorizing women's engagement in the sexualisation of cultureEvans, A., Riley, S. C. & Shankar, A. 2010 In : Feminism and Psychology.20, 1, p. 114-131
Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worldsRiley, S. C., Thompson, J. & Griffin, C. 2010 In : International Journal of Drug Policy.21, 6, p. 445-4517 p.
Postfeminist Heterotopias: Negotiating ‘safe’ and ‘seedy’ in the British sex shop spaceEvans, A., Riley, S. C. & Shankar, A. 2010 In : European Journal of Women's Studies.17 , 3, p. 211-22918 p.
The 'pleasure citizen' Analyzing partying as a form of social and political participationRiley, S., Morey, Y. & Griffin, C. 2010 In : Young.18, 1, p. 33-5422 p.
Doing weight: Pro-ana and recovery identities in cyberspaceRiley, S. C., Rodham, K. & Gavin, J. 2009 In : Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.19, 5, p. 348-35913 p.
Between prohibitions: Patterns and meanings of magic mushroom use in the UK.Riley, S. C. E. & Blackman, G. 2008 In : Substance Use and Misuse.43, 1, p. 55-7117 p.
Ketamine: The Divisive Dissociative. A Discourse Analysis of the Constructions of Ketamine by Participants of a Free Party (Rave) SceneRiley, S., Morey, Y. & Griffin, C. 2008 In : Addiction Research and Theory.16, 3, p. 217-23014 p.