Research Output per year
Hannah has supervised three PhDs and one ProfDoc to completion, and she is currently supervising three PhD students on university and ESRC studentships. Hannah welcomes applications for PhD research on all aspects of sex and sexuality, including (but not limited to) sexual embodiment, sexuality and the senses, medicalisation and sexuopharmaceuticals, the experience and pathologisation of sexual difficulties, sexualities and sexual minorities, teaching and training in relation to sex, professional practice and sex therapy, representations of sex/sexualities in image and text, asexualities, sexual advice, digital sexualities and mediated intimacies, as well as projects with innovative methodological approaches and creative methods.
Approach to teaching
I enjoy being in the classroom exploring issues with students in interactive sessions and engaging in critical dialogue. I see strong value in learning-by-doing (especially in relation to becoming a researcher) and in modelling important skills and techniques. I try to encourage students to become critical thinkers who are able to apply their knowledge to real-world situations and problems. I like to set assignments which challenge students to reflect on their learning, to apply their knowledge in new ways, and to stretch themselves by allowing their intellectual curiosity to guide their choice of assignments. As an active researcher, much of my teaching is underpinned by my own studies. This underpins both the design of specialist modules, or in the case of research training, through directly sharing research resources and providing case studies of research projects.
As a member of the University’s Higher Education Pedagogies and Policy (HEPP)Research and Enterprise Group and the British Psychological Society’s Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P),I am actively involved in developing pedagogic practice within the school, the university and within psychology as a discipline. I have been awarded three competitive university scholarships to develop three projects: i) a school-wide undergraduate research conference in which final year students present their dissertation research in an academic-style conference; ii) a staff-student partnership to develop innovative connections between teaching and research; and iii) an empirical exploration of inclusive practice in dissertation supervision.
I was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2014), Senior Fellowship in 2018, and a University Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning awards also in 2018.
I am a critical social psychologist and chartered psychologist, who draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the intersections of sexuality, gender and embodiment using creative qualitative research methods.
My research interests cohere around two overlapping strands. The first strand focuses on critical explorations of sex and sexuality and forms a key part of a growing body of work known as Critical Sexuality Studies. This research originated in my PhD research (Loughborough University) which examined the discursive construction of sexual consent in young women’s accounts of their experiences and perceptions of heterosexual sex – including non-consensual sex. This resulted in a series of publications exploring how sexual consent was constructed in young women’s talk about sex and relationships, and foregrounded the value of discourse analysis for feminist research. More recently my work has explored the ways in which sexual difficulties are pathologized in medical, scientific and media discourse, and how they are constructed in ordinary talk. Using talk about orgasm as a focal point, I have examined how gendered discourses construct orgasm as an imperative for individuals to work at, and aspire to, and how this impact the construction of both gender and sex in the heterosexual matrix. The second strand examines the ways in which appearance and body image are made meaningful in relation to sociocultural discourses about gender and identity. This research explores the ways in which an altered appearance (through illness, disease and its treatment) is managed and negotiated by patients, families/carers and the professionals who work with them. Understanding the ways in which appearance changes can positively and negatively influence a person’s sense of themselves is important for helping people to manage what is often a difficult transition in their life history. My research has also explored more mundane appearance transitions, looking at the ways in which people using clothing to present themselves and their bodies to others. My most recent research brings these two interests together in the exploration of embodied sexuality – examining how the meanings of bodies and sex are mutually constituted. As such, my research brings psychology into dialogue with sociology, social policy, gender studies, critical sexuality studies, and health sciences.
External Examiner, University of SurreyMay 2014 → …
Research output: Book/Report › Book - authored
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Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Book/Report › Book - edited
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