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Research interests

I am a critical social and community psychologist using discourse analysis, participatory and creative methods to look at how people are making sense of themselves and their lives in the context of neoliberalism. My PhD research involves using a critical discursive approach to explore constructions of happiness and wellbeing, both in ‘expert’ texts (popular psychology books) and in everyday talk. Before moving into academia, I worked in arts fundraising and health journalism in the UK and Australia.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, York St John University

1 Oct 201430 Sep 2015

Bachelor, Open University Milton Keynes

1 Oct 20111 Dec 2014

Bachelor, SOAS University of London

1 Oct 199320 Jun 1996

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Other contribution

Social citizenship and social psychology

Anderson, E. & Gibson, S., 9 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social psychology
citizenship
welfare
critical psychology
basic income

The gendered nature of self-help

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

Research output: Other contributionResearchpeer-review

self-help
television show
feminism
psychology
student

“Hammered down on every side” versus “just being positive”: A critical discursive approach to health inequality

Anderson, E. & Gibson, S., 22 May 2017, 27, 4, p. 324-335 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

health
indebtedness
illness
income
responsibility