Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
My research interests have focused on body image, disordered eating, and more broadly how individuals are harmed by intersecting injustices (e.g., racism, sexism).
My PhD (March, 2016) explored men's body image from a Marxist, feminist perspective. I sought to empirically argue that what drives men's dissatisfaction with their appearance is a growing market of products that sells appearance insecurities (e.g., protein shakes, facial hair transplants, 'bicep firming' creams etc.).
Over the last year I have led a project to highlight the White, Western (and male) dominance in our psychology curriculum with the aim of diversifiying it. Together with colleagues at Leeds Beckett University we have started to compile a database of BME and anti-racist psychological work: www.bmepsychology.com/
I am a committee member of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section which seeks to highlight feminist and intersectional work in psychology. I was also a blog and newsletter co-editor of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology from 2013 - 2017. I am a reviewer for the following journals: Psychology of Men and Masculinity, Body Image, Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Gender Studies among others.
Over recent years, body dissatisfaction or shame about ones appearance has been on the rise in men. This isnt something just affecting young men either, its extensively reported across a range of age groups. And its...
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