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Research interests

I am a critical social and community psychologist using discourse analysis and creative methods to look at how people are making sense of themselves and their lives in the context of neoliberalism. Previous research has included participatory work with lived-experience researchers to explore the role of arts in mental health; and a discursive approach to exploring contemporary constructions of happiness and wellbeing.

Supervisory Interests

I welcome applications from postgraduate students interested in research projects that are rooted in the disciplines of critical social and community psychology. Particular areas of interest are: critical approaches to health and citizenship, critical discursive psychology, creative methodologies, the role of media in everyday life, and post-feminist sensibilities.

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Research Output

Rewriting the space between a university and a healthcare provider: The model of Converge

Anderson, E., Bell, A., Birch, P., Coleman, L., Gowland, P., Harper-Hardcastle, M., Ingham, E., Ostrowska, B. & Paylor, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) New Ideas for New Times: A handbook of innovative community and clinical psychologies. Walker, C., Zlotowitz, S. & Zoli, A. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Social citizenship and social psychology

Anderson, E. & Gibson, S., 13 Jan 2020, In : Social & Personality Psychology Compass. 14, 2, p. 1-14 14 p., e12510.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The gendered nature of self-help

    Riley, S., Evans, A., Anderson, E. & Robson, M., 7 Feb 2019, 16 p. Sage Publications.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • ‘Wow, it’s at the University!’ Experiences of people with mental illness of an educational arts programme

    Lambley, R., Anderson, E., Kaley, E., Morris, R., Robinson, A., Rowe, N., Sellars-Edmond, J. & Wynn-Werninck, T., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Applied Arts & Health. 10, 3, p. 315-332 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Activities

    • 7 Oral presentation
    • 1 Publication Peer-review

    Everyday dilemmas of happiness

    Emma Anderson (Presenter)

    16 Jul 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    ‘I don’t think I’d ever want to be a 10’: Making sense of the Personal Wellbeing Questionnaire

    Emma Anderson (Presenter)

    4 Jul 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin (Journal)

    Emma Anderson (Reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    ‘It’s just my mind that screws it up’: Discourses of happiness and selfhood in the UK residents

    Emma Anderson (Presenter)

    8 Jun 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Converge: a case study of collaborative discovery between a university, healthcare provider and local community

    Emma Anderson (Presenter), Matt Harper-Hardcastle (Presenter) & Ruth Lambley (Presenter)

    19 Oct 2017

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation