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Research interests

Whilst my early research career was focused on conceptual work relating to the interdisciplinary theorisation of identity, in recent years my research focus has shifted to the relationship between humans and the rest of nature, especially in the context of ecological crisis, climate change, and the Anthropocene. As a result I have engaged with developments in the posthumanities, Human-Animal Studies and Critical Animal Studies. My books Ecological crisis, sustainability & the psychosocial subject (2016) and Anthropocene Psychology: Being human in a more-than-human world (2020) reflect my approach to these topics. I also seek to work creatively and collaboratively with community groups, academic colleagues and practitioners exploring these and related issues.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise PhD students addressing a range of topics including ecology, nature-connection, nature-based interventions, climate change and human-animal relations. I am especially interested in supervising students adopting qualitative methodological and critical theoretical approaches. Interdisciplinary projects are especially welcome. 

Approach to teaching

My specialist teaching areas are human-animal relations, ecopsychology, environment and ennvironmentalism, climate crisis and the Anthropocene. I like to find ways to teach subjects in ways that have direct personal relevance and make lots of links between topics and familiar experiences, everyday life, popular culture, art and literature. I like to bring different media (art, film, advertising) to illustrate ideas and concepts.

I think that good teaching involves more than the transfer of knowledge from active expert (lecturer) to passive recipient (lecturer). It also encompasses helping students to develop the capacity to look at the familiar and taken-for-granted in new ways - to gain confidence in using academic tools to do so - the research skills, concepts, forms of argumentation and expression.

I do not adhere to the idea that there are strict boundaries between my main teaching subject - psychology -and related subjects such as philosophy, sociology, biology and ecology. I draw on work from these disciplines as well as classic and contemporary work to make sense of core psychology curriculum topics with students.

As an active academic and research psychologist, I am fortunate to be able to find many opportunities to bring my own research into teaching. In both 2014 and 2017 I received a University of Brighton Award for Excellence in Facilitating Learning, after being nominated by undergraduate psychology students.

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Critical psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Cultural psychology
  • Human-animal relations
  • Climate change
  • Anthropocene
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Psychosocial studies
  • Climate change
  • Anthropocene
  • HM Sociology
  • Psychosocial studies
  • Climate change
  • Ecology
  • Anthropocene
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • speciesism
  • human-animal relations
  • Climate change
  • Anthropocene
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • Anthropogenic
  • Anthropocene
  • Climate change
  • GN Anthropology
  • human-animal relations
  • Climate change
  • Anthropocene

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