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Prof Sarah Riley

Professor in Critical Health Psychology

School of Psychology

I am a Professor in Critical Health Psychology, located in psychology, but drawing on sociology, cultural and media studies to explore the psychological impact of neoliberalism, addressing questions of gender, embodiment, health, youth culture and citizenship. I have been funded by the EU, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, Canadian Social Sciences and Research Council and charities. My work includes the co-authored books Critical Bodies (Palgrave, 2008), Technologies of Sexiness (Oxford University Press, USA, 2014) and Postfeminism & Health (Routledge, 2018), I am currently writing Postfeminism & Body Image (Routledge), and am the Vice-Chair for the International Society for Critical Health Psychology.

Research Expertise

Research Interests

qualitative methods, identity, subjectivity, discourse analysis, neoliberalism, gender, postfeminism, masculinity, body image, healthy life style change, feminism, digital subjectivity, social study of alcohol and drug use, consumerism, youth cultures and citizenship

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Gender Psychology (170105): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113)

Keywords

qualitative methods, identity, subjectivity, discourse analysis, neoliberalism, gender, postfeminism, masculinity, body image, life style change, feminism, digital subjectivity, social study of alcohol and drug use, consumerism, youth cultures and citizenship

Research Outputs

Journal

Riley, S. (2020). Digital health: Critical and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Feminism & Psychology.
[Book Review]Authored by: Riley, S.
Atkinson, MJ., Stock, NM., Alleva, JM., Jankowski, GS., Piran, N., Riley, S., . . . Williamson, H. (2020). Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image. Body Image. 32, 53-61
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Owen, C., & Riley, S. (2019). A poststructuralist-informed inclusive masculinity theory (PS-IMT): developing IMT to account for complexities in masculinities, using learning to dance Latin and ballroom as an example. Journal of Gender Studies.
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Sims-Schouten, W., & Riley, S. (2019). Presenting Critical Realist Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Making Sense of Service Users’ Accounts of Their Mental Health Problems. Qualitative Health Research. 29(7), 1016-1028
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Murdeshwar, S., Riley, S., & Mackiewicz, A. (2019). I like to go out and have a good time: An ethnography of a group of young middle class urban Indian women participating in a new drinking culture. International Journal of Drug Policy. 66, 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Evans, A., Anderson, E., & Robson, M. (2019). The gendered nature of self-help. Feminism and Psychology. 29(1), 3-18
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Robson, M., & Riley, S. (2019). A Deleuzian rethinking of time in healthy lifestyle advice and change. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 13(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Brooks, J., Goodman, S., Cahill, S., Branney, P., Treharne, GJ., . . . Sullivan, C. (2019). Celebrations amongst challenges: Considering the past, present and future of the qualitative methods in psychology section of the British Psychology Society. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 16(3), 464-482
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Evans, A., & Riley, S. (2018). “He’s a total TubeCrush”: post-feminist sensibility as intimate publics. Feminist Media Studies. 18(6), 996-1011
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Griffin, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Riley, S., Morey, Y., & Szmigin, I. (2018). ‘We achieve the impossible’: Discourses of freedom and escape at music festivals and free parties. Journal of Consumer Culture. 18(4), 477-496
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S. (2017). Postfeminist digital cultures: Femininity, social media and self-representation. Feminism & Psychology. 28(2), 302-306
[Book Review]Authored by: Riley, S.
Szmigin, I., Bengry-Howell, A., Morey, Y., Griffin, C., & Riley, S. (2017). Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivals. Annals of Tourism Research. 63, 1-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Evans, A., Elliott, S., Rice, C., & Marecek, J. (2017). A critical review of postfeminist sensibility. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 11(12)
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Evans, A., & Mackiewicz, A. (2016). It’s just between girls: Negotiating the postfeminist gaze in women’s ‘looking talk’. Feminism and Psychology. 26(1), 94-113
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Ensslin, A., Skains, L., Riley, S., Haran, J., Mackiewicz, A., & Halliwell, E. (2016). Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapy<sup>*</sup>. Digital Creativity. 27(3), 177-195
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Evans, A., Griffin, C., Morey, Y., & Murphy, H. (2015). Crossing into the digital realm. Psychologist. 28(8), 652-655
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., & Scharff, C. (2013). Feminism versus femininity? Exploring feminist dilemmas through cooperative inquiry research. Feminism and Psychology. 23(2), 207-223
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Evans, A., & Riley, S. (2013). Immaculate consumption: Negotiating the sex symbol in postfeminist celebrity culture. Journal of Gender Studies. 22(3), 268-281
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Owen, C., & Riley, S. (2012). Teaching visual methods using performative storytelling, reflective practice and learning through doing. Psychology Learning and Teaching. 11(1), 60-65
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., Griffin, C., & Morey, Y. (2010). The case for 'everyday politics': Evaluating neo-tribal theory as a way to understand alternative forms of political participation, using electronic dance music culture as an example. Sociology. 44(2), 345-363
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Evans, A., Riley, S., & Shankar, A. (2010). Postfeminist heterotopias: Negotiating 'safe' and 'seedy' in the British sex shop space. European Journal of Women's Studies. 17(3), 211-229
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., More, Y., & Griffin, C. (2010). The 'pleasure citizen': Analyzing partying as a form of social and political participation. Young. 18(1), 33-54
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Thompson, J., & Griffin, C. (2010). Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users' (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worlds. International Journal of Drug Policy. 21(6), 445-451
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Evans, A., Riley, S., & Shankar, A. (2010). Technologies of sexiness: Theorizing women's engagement in the sexualization of culture. Feminism and Psychology. 20(1), 114-131
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Malson, H., Riley, S., & Markula, P. (2009). Beyond psychopathology: Interrogating (Dis)orders of body weight and body management. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 19(5), 331-335
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Rodham, K., & Gavin, J. (2009). Doing weight: Pro-ana and recovery identities in cyberspace. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 19(5), 348-359
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., & Blackman, G. (2008). Between prohibitions: Patterns and meanings of magic mushroom use in the UK. Substance Use and Misuse. 43(1), 55-71
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Morey, Y., & Griffin, C. (2008). Ketamine: The divisive dissociative. A discourse analysis of the constructions of ketamine by participants of a free party (rave) scene. Addiction Research and Theory. 16(3), 217-230
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Griffin, C., Measham, F., Moore, K., Morey, Y., & Riley, S. (2008). The social and cultural uses of ketamine. Addiction Research and Theory. 16(3), 205-207
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Sims Schouten, W., Riley, SCE., & Willig, C. (2007). Critical Realism in Discourse Analysis: A Presentation of a Systematic Method of Analysis Using Women's Talk of Motherhood, Childcare and Female Employment as an Example. Theory &amp; Psychology. 17(1), 101-124
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., Sims Schouten, W., & Willig, C. (2007). The Case for Critical Realist Discourse Analysis as a Viable Method in Discursive Work. Theory &amp; Psychology. 17(1), 137-145
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Sumnall, HR., Beynon, CM., Conchie, SM., Riley, SCE., & Cole, JC. (2007). An investigation of the subjective experiences of sex after alcohol or drug intoxication. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 21(5), 525-537
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Frith, H., Archer, L., & Veseley, L. (2006). Institutional sexism in academia. Psychologist. 19(2), 94-97
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., & Cahill, S. (2005). Managing meaning and belonging: Young women's negotiation of authenticity in body art. Journal of Youth Studies. 8(3), 261-279
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Frith, H., Riley, S., Archer, L., & Gleeson, K. (2005). Editorial. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 2(3), 187-198
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., & Hayward, E. (2004). Patterns, trends, and meanings of drug use by dance-drug users in Edinburgh, Scotland. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 11(3), 243-262
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE. (2003). The management of the traditional male role: A discourse analysis of the constructions and functions of provision. Journal of Gender Studies. 12(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Schouten, W., & Cahill, S. (2003). Exploring the dynamics of subjectivity and power between researcher and researched. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung. 4(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S. (2002). A feminist construction of body art as a harmful cultural practice: A response to Jeffreys. Feminism and Psychology. 12(4), 540-545
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE. (2002). Constructions of equality and discrimination in professional men's talk. British Journal of Social Psychology. 41(3), 443-461
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
McKeganey, N., & Riley, S. (2001). In dance scene drug surveys the sampling matters: Comments on Riley et al. [3]. Addiction. 96(8), 1212-1213
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S. (2001). Maintaining power: Male constructions of 'feminists' and 'feminist values'. Feminism and Psychology. 11(1), 55-78
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S. (2001). Clarification on sampling of dance event drug use: A reply to McKeganey [4]. Addiction. 96(8), 1213-1214
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, SCE., James, C., Gregory, D., Dingle, H., & Cadger, M. (2001). Patterns of recreational drug use at dance events in Edinburgh, Scotland. Addiction. 96(7), 1035-1047
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.
Siann, G., Wilson, F., Riley, S., & Callaghan, M. (2000). Gender at work and at home in Britain: Continuities and changes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 30(12), 2491-2512
[Journal article]Authored by: Riley, S.

Book

Owen, C., & Riley, S. (2019). Dance diversity on youtube: How participatory culture encourages inclusive masculinities. In The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport. (pp. 261 - 282).
[Chapter]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., & Evans, A. (2017). Gender. In The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology. (pp. 409 - 431).
[Chapter]Authored by: Riley, S.
Morey, Y., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffi, C., Szmigin, I., & Riley, S. (2014). Festivals 2.0: Consuming, producing and participating in the extended festival experience. In The Festivalization of Culture. (pp. 251 - 269).
[Chapter]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Griffin, C., & Morey, Y. (2013). The rise of the pleasure citizen: How leisure can be a site for alternative forms of political participation. In Democracy in Transition: Political Participation in the European Union. (pp. 61 - 75).
[Chapter]Authored by: Riley, S.
Riley, S., Brown, R., Griffin, C., & Morey, Y. (2012). Tribal gatherings: Using art to disseminate research on club culture. In Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research. (pp. 190 - 204).
[Chapter]Authored by: Hodgetts, D., Riley, S.
Markula, P., Burns, M., & Riley, S.(2007). Introducing critical bodies: Representations, identities and practices of weight and body management.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Riley, S.

Conference

Riley, S., & Malson, H.Critical approaches to weight and body management. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. (pp. 76 - 76). 0887-0446.
[Conference]Authored by: Riley, S.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

My teaching is informed by social constructionism, supporting students to take a critical standpoint towards taken for granted knowledge, understanding knowledge as socio-historically located and produced through social processes, which ultimately structures our possibilities for thought and action. Social constructionists recognize ‘polyvocality’ (that there are always multiple ways of understanding an issue) and that these understandings both open up and close down possibilities in what we can say, think and do. I engage in research led teaching by using my understanding of social constructionist approach to teach students critical thinking, because it helps them conceptualise knowledge, not as a series of facts to be built up over three years at university, but as ideas for how the world works, and thus part of a human endeavor of sense making that may be evaluated in terms of what it allows people say, think and do at a particular location in time and space. I am able to do this within a scientific discipline so that students both understand the value and concepts behind a scientific paradigm, while learning to conceptualize knowledge as produced by humans within a particular social context.

I specialise in teaching critical pschology, qualitative methods and in teaching through problem based learning.

I am coauthor in the following qualitative methods text books 

Sullivan, C. & Forrester, M. (Eds). (2019).Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: A Practical Guide. London: Sage. 2nd ed.

Sullivan, C., Gibson, S. & Riley, S. (Eds.) (2012). Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project. London: Sage

Graduate Supervision Statement

I am an experienced graduate supervisor. Doctoral students supervised outside of Massey include:

Wendy Sims Schoulten, Discourses of mothering, University of Bath, UK

Adrienne Evans, Postfeminism, consumerism and neoliberalism, University of Bath, UK

Alison Mackiewicz, Postfeminist drinking cultures, University of Bath, UK

Craig Owen, Masculinity and dance, University of Bath, UK

Martine Robson, Lifestyle advice after coronary heart disease diagnosis, Aberystwyth University UK

Saffron Passam, Graduate identities in higher education, , Aberystwyth University UK

Nikki Edeh, Experiences of Nigerian nurses working in the NHS, Aberystwyth University UK


Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Alana Clapperton - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Gaining deeper insight into the role of social media in young peoples’ lives: developing a sense of self in the modern world.

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