Researchers and Publications

The following researchers work with the Discourse Unit and serve as the Editorial Board for the Annual Review of Critical Psychology. Their publications are available through the their links below.

ALEX J BRIDGER is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, U.K. He recently wrote a book titled Psychogeography and Psychology: In and Beyond the Discipline, ( Bridger has been involved in a number of critical psychology and psychogeography festivals, conferences and seminars such as Territories Re-imagined: International Perspectives and the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography. He is also interested in a variety of critical approaches and qualitative methodologies including discourse analysis, psychoanalysis and semiology as well as Marxist, Feminist and Participatory approaches. He is a member of the Discourse Unit and the Leeds Psychogeography Group. Email:

ALEXANDRA ZAVOS did her PhD with Erica Burman at MMU and is now based in Athens, Greece. She is a researcher on gender, sexuality and migration at the Centre for Gender Studies, Department of Social Policy, Panteion University. She also teaches Sociology of Gender and Sexuality at the Department of Sociology, University of Crete. Publications and research: Email:


ANAT GREENSTEIN, Manchester, England





BABAK FOZOONI, London, England,


BARBARA BIGLIA, Tarragona, Catalunya


BERNARDO JIMÉNEZ-DOMÍNGUEZ. Dr in Social Psychology. Full time researcher at the Urban Studies Center- University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Research in Urban and Environmental Social Psychology. Contact:

BRENDA GOLDBERG, Manchester, England,


BRENDON BARNES, Gauteng, South Africa

CALUM NEILL is Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis and Culture Theory and Discourse Analysis at Edinburgh Napier University. He has published widely on Lacan and related theory, particularly in the areas of ethics, subjectivity and politics. He is the editor of the Palgrave Lacan Series, as well as sitting on the boards of a number of international journals. / /

CARLA DE SANTIS, Caracas, Venezuela,


CHARO GONZÁLEZ ARIAS is a feminist lawyer, interested in the links between law and gender, from the human rights approach and intersectionality. I develop my teaching and research work in University of Querétaro (Mexico) and University of Oviedo (Spain) through the analysis of public policies, with special attention to sexist violence. Email:

CHINA MILLS, Sheffield, England






DAN HEGGS, Cardiff, Wales

DANIEL ANDERSON is currently doing a PhD on discourse of sexuality and gender within group analysis at the University of Manchester with Professors Erica Burman and Jackie Stacey. He is a group analyst, psychodynamic psychotherapist and a psychiatrist. Key words: sexuality, queer theory, psychoanalysis, group analysis. Email:


DANIEL GOULART, Brasilia, Brazil

DANIELA CASELLI is Professor of Modern Literature in the English Department at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes’s Bewildering Corpus (2009) and Beckett’s Dantes: Intertextuality in the Fiction and Criticism (2005). Her work on modernism, gender and sexuality, and critical theory has appeared in Feminist Theory (2010), The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature (2015), Parallax (2016) and Comparative Literature (2017). She is currently working on The Modernist Child, a monograph on the figure of the child in early twentieth-century experimental literature. Contact:


DAVID HARPER, London, England




DEBBIE THACKRAY, Manchester, England

DEBORAH MARKS, Leeds, England,


DIANE BURNS, Sheffield, England


DORA MARIASI, Budapest, Hungary


ELLIOT COHEN, Leeds, England

ERICA BURMAN is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester, UK, and a United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists registered Group Analyst. She is known as a critical developmental psychologist and methodologist specialising in innovative and activist qualitative research. She is author of Deconstructing Developmental Psychology (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2017) and Developments: child, image, nation (Routledge, 2008). Erica’s research has focused on critical developmental and educational psychology, feminist and postcolonial theory, childhood studies, and on critical mental health practice (particularly around gender and cultural issues). She has co-led funded research projects on conceptualising and challenging state and interpersonal violence in relation to minoritised women and children, and on educational and mental health impacts of poverty and ‘austerity’. She currently leads the Knowledge, Power and Identity research strand of SEAN at Manchester Institute of Education (see, and her current work focuses on postcolonial readings of discourses of childhood and development through the work of Frantz Fanon. She is a past Chair of the Psychology of Women Section of the British Psychological Society, and in 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Fellowship of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her contribution to Psychology. For further information see and


EUGENIE GEORGACA is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She teaches and researches in the area of community clinical psychology, critical mental health and psychotherapy, especially qualitative methodology and critical perspectives on psychopathology. She is the co-author of ‘Deconstructing Psychopathology’ (Sage, 1995) and author of papers on psychotic discourse, delusions, discursive approaches to analyzing psychotherapy, discourse analysis and social constructionist notions of subjectivity. She is also involved with the radical mental health movement in Greece and has co-organized the World Hearing Voices Congress in Thessaloniki in 2015. Website: Email:


EYAL CLYNE is a postdoctoral transdisciplinary researcher and critical discourse/ideology analyst, interested in sociocultural and discursive everyday in contemporary academia, as well as in the ‎relationship between everyday and macro cultural-political relations in Palestine-Israel. With a background in sociology and anthropology, communication, Middle East and Islam studies, and Israel-Palestine, he has taught discourse analysis, politics (broadly defined), contemporary Middle East, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa in the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and academic institutions in Tel Aviv. His book Orientalism, Zionism and academic practice is forthcoming in Routledge. academic culture and elites; Applied critical discourse analysis; Social sciences and humanities (SSH); Contemporary Hebrew’s nation-language nexus; Ethnography based critical discourse analysis; Israel-Palestine. Contactable via





FLOR GAMBOA, Morelia, Mexico,


GAIL DAVIDGE, Manchester, England

GILL AITKEN, Salford, England,

GILL CRAIG, London, England

GORDANA JOVANOVIĆ is Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia (a remnant of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia). She graduated from Belgrade University and she holds a Ph. D. from the same university. She was awarded a British Psychological Society scholarship for a research visit to UK in 1999. She was awarded Alexander von Humboldt-Fellowships for research stays at Johann Wolfgang University in Frankfurt, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt-University Berlin, in 1984-1985, 1989, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2016. Her research interests include social history of psychology, theoretical psychology, critical psychology, cultural-historical psychology, qualitative research, psychoanalysis. In her research and teaching she draws especially on German Critical Theory, Marxist theory, Vygotsky’s theory, hermeneutics. She has published three books (in Serbian): Symbolization and Rationality (1984) Freud and Modern Subjectivity (1997), and Interpretive Worlds of Psychology (2012). Her work has been published in Theory and Psychology, History of the Human Science, Annual Review of Critical Psyhology, Culture and Psychology, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science and as contributions to edited books in English and German. She has introduced new courses on Qualitative Research and Cultural-Historical Psychology into psychology curriculum at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. She served as a guest editor for a special issue on Vygotsky of the History of the Human Sciences (2015). Currently she is editing a book on cultural psychology for Routledge. She is an academic activist. Key words: cultural-historical psychology, qualitative research, social history of psychology, Critical theory, psychoanalysis. Emails:;

GRAHAME HAYES, Durban, South Africa,




HANNAH BERRY, Manchester, England


HEIDI J. FIGUEROA SARRIERA is a social psychologist, professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Research area is focused on subjectivity, embodiment, everyday life transformation and digital technologies. Gender issues, cyborgology (the study of cybernetic organism), emerging technologies and cognition are transversal in her research agenda. / / / /

HELEN SPANDLER, Preston, England



HIDEMOTO MAKISE is an associate professor at Chubu University, Nagoya, Japan. He practices psychoanalysis and is co-founder and co-director of the research group of Psychoanalysis and Ethic in Japan. He belongs to the Editorial Boards of Annual Review of Critical Psychology and the Reviewing Panels of British Journal of Psychotherapy. He is interested in how human beings compose their life and death and how personal distress is related to social problems. Email:


HUSAIN AL HAKAMI, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

IAN LAW is the CEO of Relationships Australia Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation that employs 450 people in 25 venues across Queensland providing counselling, conflict resolution and community development services to the general population but particulartly targeting disadvantaged and marginalised communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Straight islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ and gender diverse, those with a disability and those experiencing mental health issues. The vision of RAQ is: Building healthy relationships for stronger communities. The organisations research unit is committed to conducting quality research that demonstrates outcomes and the effectiveness of our clinical work which promotes the voices of children and communities. His most recent publication is Self Research: the intersection of therapy and research. Routledge, 2014. Email:

IAN PARKER is an anti-psychologist, psychoanalyst and political activist who can be contacted via




ILANA MOUNTIAN, Sao Paulo, Brazil


INGRID PALMARY, Johannesburg, South Africa





JAN DE VOS, Gent, Belgium

JANE CALLAGHAN, Northampton, England

JANET HANEY, London, England,


JEMMA TOSH, Vancouver, Canada,

JILL BRADBURY is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa where she is co-ordinator of postgraduate studies in the School of Human and Community Development. She is co-director, together with Bhekizizwe Peterson, of the South African NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation) research network. Her research and teaching focuses on narrative psychology, youth identities, critical theories of development / childhood, transformation in higher education, Vygotsky and socio-historical theories of learning and change. Further details: Email:

JOAN PUJOL, Barcelona, Catalonia

JOAO DE SILVA, Rio, Brazil

JOHN CROMBY IS a psychologist based in ULSB, University of Leicester. I have worked in drug addiction, mental health and learning disability settings, and at the Universities of Nottingham, Bradford and Loughborough. My research focuses upon the intersections of bodies and social influence, and falls into two main strands. One strand explores the interface between psychology, social science and the biosciences (neuroscience, epigenetics etc.). The other strand explores how social practices shape, are shaped by, and are shaping of, bodily experience (e.g. of emotion). These two strands have played out in relation to topics including social constructionism, the affective turn, emotional responses to crime, physical health, and the experiences described by psychiatry as paranoia, depression and schizophrenia. Recent books include ‘Psychology, Mental Health and Distress’ (co-author, 2013); ‘Feeling Bodies: embodying psychology’ (author, 2015); ‘Joint Action’ (co-editor, 2016); and ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society (co-editor, in press). See:

JOHN MORSS was born in London, trained in psychology at Sheffield (BSc Hons) and Edinburgh (PhD) Universities in the 1970s and retrained in law at the University of Otago in the present millennium (LLB Hons 2002). He is admitted to practise law in NZ and in the state of Victoria in the Federal Commonwealth of Australia (ok, it was stolen from the locals). He writes on public international law, peoplehood, self-determination, collective pluralism in global justice and the divide and rule of international law. And on why the Vatican City ‘state’ isn’t one. And sovereignty… Email:

Jose Alvarado, San Diego, USA

JOSÉ GERARDO ALVARADO is a lecturer in design and innovation at Yachay Tech, Ecuador where he explores technological design issues with the objective of enhancing the fabric of society. He is committed to ensuring individuals’ access to the resources required to realise their potential in today’s globalized world, and as part of his university’s mission to prepare professionals who can take Ecuador to its next level of development. His social science research background and the skills he brings as a licensed professional counsellor both guide his efforts to influence policies that can meet the ever growing demands of diversity and interconnectivity. He is exploring the networking strengths and weaknesses among the scientific community members that pertain to small country and geographic region designations in the European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation’s ( scientific activity research that has the goal of fostering worldwide scientific collaboration. Emails:;


JUDE CLARK, Durban, South Africa,

KAREN CICLITIRA, London, England



KATIA ROMELLI trained at the University of Milano-Bicocca as PhD in psychology, and then at the Freudian Institute as Lacanian psychotherapist. I’m working as clinical psychologist in several public and private services in the field of paediatrics, maternal and family health. In particular, I’m working on psychological and psychiatric disorders in children and teens. Furthermore, I’m an independent researcher and my research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Lacanian Discourse Analysis (LDA), and their application to the mental-health domain. Areas of interest: Critical psychology in mental health; Qualitative research in mental health: Critical Discourse Analysis & Lacanian Discourse Analysis; Psychiatric disorders in children and teens; Paediatrics, maternal and family health. Weblinks to my publications: Email:

KEN MCLAUGHLIN is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where he teaches modules on sociology, social policy, social movements and social work. Prior to this he worked as a social worker in a social services mental health team and as a support worker with homeless families. His research is concerned with the way wider social and political concerns are reflected within social policy in general and social work in particular. Profile: Email

KHATIDJA CHANTLER, Manchester, England




LAURA GOODFELLOW, Manchester, England


LISE CLAIBORNE, Waikato, Aotearoa


LUISA SAAVEDRA, Porto, Portugal


MANASI KUMAR, Nairobi, Kenya, manni_3in[AT]

MANDY PIERLEJEWSKI is a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is course leader for the BA (Hons) Primary Education 3-7 degree which is a teacher training course specialising in the education of young children. Mandy is also a doctoral student at the University of Manchester, currently completing a professional Doctorate in Education. Mandy is researching assessment in early years education and care. She is particularly interested in the way children are reconstituted in data for the purposes of accountability. She explores the impact of datafication on children who have English as an additional language, problematizing the dominant discourse of assessment improving educational outcomes for all children. Email:

MANUEL LLORENS is a clinical and community psychologist who has been doing research on violence and social exclusion as well as the relationship between politics and psychotherapy for more than twenty years in Venezuela. He teaches at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and does research at the Parque Social Padre Manuel Aguirre, community center. He is co-founder of REACIN a network of researchers and activists striving to resist violence in Venezuela. Web sites: /


MARIA NICHTERLEIN, Melbourne, Australia, m.nichterlein[AT]

MARISELA MONTENEGRO, Barcelona, Catalunya,


MARITZA MONTERO, Caracas, Venezuela,

MICHAEL ARFKEN is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. His scholarship explores a range of issues surrounding social, environmental and economic injustice and has been featured in Handbook of Critical Psychology, Handbook of Critical Social Psychology, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, Annual Review of Critical Psychology, and American Psychologist. His most recent work focuses on the role of the Professional-Managerial Class (PMC) in reproducing the capitalist mode of production and the social, political, and economic structures underlying the transition to an environmentally sustainable postconsumer society. Email:

MIGUEL ROSELLÓ PEÑALOZA, Psychologist (Universidad de Chile), M.Cs. in Psychosocial Intervention (Universidad de Barcelona), PhD in Social Sciences, Education and Health (University of Girona)- is specialized in qualitative methods and discourse analysis with critical social perspectives. His areas of interest gather around critical social psychology, feminisms and queer theory; the construction of difference and stigmatization based on sex, gender and sexual practices; HIV prevention; homophobia and transphobia; deconstruction of psychopathology and power relations in science, clinical practices and public politics. He is currently working in Chile at the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano and is an associate member of the Research Group Discourse, Gender, Culture and Science -DIGECIC-, of the Research Institute on Quality of Life -IRQV- and of the Inter-University Women and Gender Studies Institute -iiEDG- (Catalunya, Spain). E-mail:


MIHALIS MENTINIS, Caracol de Oventic, Chiapas, Mexico,

MÓNICA PEÑA, Psychologist, Education PhD, my research has been related mostly with education, learning, segregation and children subjectivities in the neoliberal context. I work with critical discourse analysis, therefore gender, social class, ethnicity among others, are an important part of my work as a researcher and a teacher. Email:

MONIQUE HUYSAMEN is completing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Cape Town and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Manchester. Her work has explored various facets of the sex work industry within the South African context through a discursive, feminist poststructuralist lens. Her current project employs an intersectional approach to highlight the ways in which men who pay for sex draw on dominant discourses around race, class, gender and sexuality to negotiate desirable client identities for themselves. Her work has a strong methodological focus and she has taught critical qualitative research methods while at the University of Cape Town. Publications: Constructing the ‘respectable’ client and the ‘good’ researcher: the complex dynamics of cross-gender interviews with men who pay for sex Men’s constructions of masculinity and male sexuality through talk of buying sex: Email:

MVIKELI NCUBE, PhD research with the University of East London with thesis was entitled ‘A qualitative exploration of the social construction of twin identity’. In this research, I explored questions and debates around Social Developmental Psychology.Three of my chapters studied how twin identity and the experiences of twins change over time and looked at the processes that possibly create those changes. The questions I sought to address in my thesis included whether twin identity is affected by events that occur in early childhood, whether later events play an equally important role, whether changes in twin identity and their experiences of life as twins happened in certain periods or in particular stages. One of my analysis chapters was situated on individual differences literature where I sought to highlight departure of twin identity from the hegemonic Western representation of twins and individuals. The social constructionist approach I used drew primarily from debates in social psychology. I have taught on Qualitative research methods and psycho-social studies modules at BA Level. Mvikeli is interested in Near Death Experiences, Critical Psychology, Social Developmental Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods and Cultural psychology. Email:


NADIR LARA JUNIOR, Psychologist and psychoanalyst. Master in Social Psychology from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo- Brazil (2005) and PHD in Social Psychology from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo- Brazil (2010). Co-author of the books: LIMA, A. LARA JUNIOR, N. Metodologia de pesquisa em psicologia social crítica. Porto Alegre: Editora Sulina, 2014. PAVON-CUELLAR, D. ; LARA JUNIOR, N. . De la pulsión de muerte a la represión de estado: marxismo y psicoanálisis ante la violencia estructural del capitalismo. México: Editorial Porrúa, 2016. LARA JUNIOR, Nadir. O ato estético-político: uma interpretação psicanálitica. Curitiba: Editora Appris, 2017. He has had experience in Psychology, focusing on Critical Psychology, acting on the following subjects: social movements, politics, ideology, Lacanian psychoanalysis and Marxism. CV link: Email:

NAFEESA NIZAMI (Naz) is a Psychotherapist, Trainer and Lecturer. She is currently working in the areas of couples, young peoples, parents/families, groups and bilingual therapy for a national charity. Her clinical background includes having worked in the NHS and within child protection. Nafeesa is also undertaking her PhD at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on using the works of Foucault and Fanon in deconstructing pre-trial therapy and systems of abuse; a problematization of the power relations between law, therapy, sexual abuse and its socio-political and historic evolution in the oppressive construction of subjects, through a discourse analysis. The research considered through its examination to be a theoretical, political and ethical exercise. She has a keen interest in the areas of mental health, social justice, politics, policy analysis, linguistics, ethics, philosophy, post-structuralism, colonial studies, childhood studies, and feminist theories. Email:


NARCISA CANILAO, Baguio, The Philippines,

NIKOLAI JEFFS lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Once an occasional activist in the fields of autonomous culture, the peace movement, antiracism, and alterglobalisation,  he now mainly works as an academic and as a public intellectual with primary interests in postcolonial studies, Slovene as well as UK culture and society, and the new social movements. Email:


OWEN DEMPSEY, Leeds, England

PAM ALLDRED, London, England


PAULINE MOTTRAM, Bradford, England,


PAULINE WHELAN, Leeds, England,;


PETER BRANNEY, Leeds, England

PHILOMENA HARRISON, Manchester, England

RACHEL ROBBINS, Stockport, England,

RAQUEL GUZZO, Campinas, Brazil,

ROB EVANS, Birmingham, England,

RODRIGO ALENCAR, Sao Paulo, Brazil


ROSE CAPDEVILA, Milton Keynes, England


ROSI LOPEZ, Guadalajara, Mexico

SABAH SIDDIQUI, Mancehester, England


SAM WARNER, Manchester, England,

SEAN HOMER is Professor of Film and Literature at the American University in Bulgaria, where he teaches courses on Film Criticism, Modernism, Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis and Literature and Contemporary Balkan Cinema. He is author of Slavoj Žižek and Radical Politics (Routledge 2016), Jacques Lacan (Routledge, 2005) and Fredric Jameson: Marxism, Hermeneutics, Postmodernism (Polity Press, 1998). He is co-editor, with Ruth Parkin-Gounelas and Yannis Stavrakakis, of Objects: Material, Psychic, Aesthetic, a special issue of Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism (2006) and, with Douglas Kellner, of Fredric Jameson: A Critical Reader (Palgrave, 2004). His most recent publications have been on Balkan film and he is currently working on a book on history, cultural trauma and narrative in contemporary Balkan cinema. Works on: Balkan Cinema, Cultural Trauma, Subjectivity, Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Fredric Jameson. University Webpage: Selected Publications: Author page: Email:




SIMONE BELLI, Quito, Ecuador



Sonia Soans is a critical psychologist who works as an independent researcher and lecturer. She received her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research interests include intersectional feminism, gendered violence, media, nationalism, addiction and theology. As a lecturer, she has taught across varied disciplines such as psychology, women studies, criminology and media studies. Apart from this, she is on the editorial collective of Asylum Magazine, a radical mental health magazine (website- Her recent publications (independent and collaborative) reflect the transdisciplinary nature of her work. She is the founder of the Afro-Asian Critical Psychology Forum (website-  You can find her published work at- Email- and


SURYIA NAYAK, Salford, England


SUSANA SEIDMANN, Psychology PhD, professor and researcher in Social Psychology and Community Social Psychology. Many of my publications are in Works on: subjectivity, representations and practices, homeless people. Email:


SUSANNE SCHADE, Berlin, Germany

TANIA ESMERALDA ROCHA SÁNCHEZ es Doctora en Psicología Social, con formación en estudios de género, diversidad sexual y terapia narrativa (avaladas por la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México). Es profesora e investigadora de tiempo completo en la Facultad de Psicología de la UNAM. Pertenece al Sistema Nacional de Investigadores en México. Es Coordinadora del proyecto de investigación “Familiasxigual” []. Dirige el grupo de investigación de estudios de género y sexualidad en la Faculta de Psicología de la UNAM. Ha sido galardona por la Sociedad Interamericana en el 2005 por su tesis doctoral, por la Asociación Mexicana de Psicología Social en el 2006 como joven investigadora, receptora del premio “Heberto Castillo” otorgado por el gobierno de la Ciudad de México dada su aportación a la Educación y Sociedad en el 2012, así como receptora de la Distinción “Universidad Nacional” para jóvenes investigadores en el 2013. Sus líneas de investigación versan en torno al proceso de socialización de género, diversidad familiar, autonomía en mujeres, masculinidades y malestares. Email: taniaAT’


TERENCE MCLAUGHLIN, Stockport, England – dear comrade and friend Presente!




TOM BILLINGTON, Sheffield, England

TOM D’ARCY, Carlow, Ireland,


WENDY DREWERY, Waikato, Aotearoa

WILLIAM SIMMS, Manchester, England


ZAHRA ALIJAH, Manchester, England