Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Our research

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Researching mental health, culture and society

Our researchers are recognised internationally for their work in the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, culture and society. We belong to a thriving research community at the University of Essex, where 90.4% of our research impact is world-leading or internationally excellent (Grade Point Average, Research Excellence Framework REF 2021).

Our department houses two research centres and three research groups. We nurture strong interdisciplinary links with the Departments of Sociology, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, the Schools of Philosophy and Art History and Health and Social Care and Essex Business School.

Our research covers a broad range of research areas including; gender, group and institutional dynamics, Jungian theory, philosophical issues in psychoanalysis, political and social issues, psychoanalysis and counselling, psychoanalytic theory, research methodology, trauma and violence and sexuality. Each year we focus our work around a theme, currently we are collaborating around the theme of image, fantasy and memory. Our academics are open to research supervision in these areas.

Use the links below to visit our research structures and learn more about the exciting work taking place within the department:

Our research centres

 Our research centres focus on specific areas of interest. They work hard to foster collaborative research within the University of Essex, nationally and internationally, whilst providing a forum for debate beyond the world of academia:

Our research groups

 Our research encompasses multiple themes, with dedicated academics open to research supervision. Use the links below to view our list of group members and find research supervision:

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Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Highlights of our research


Our academic staff regularly publish work in leading journals. Examples of their most recent work include:


Our academic staff regularly publish books on a wide range of topics. Their most recent work includes:

Some of the best known work produced by the Department in previous years includes:


Our academic staff frequently feature within the wider press and media. Below are some examples of their latest appearances:

Departmental support for postgraduate researchers

Our postgraduate students actively contribute to the research profile of the Department. Working closely with academic supervisors, their list of current PhD theses showcases the diverse range of research being carried out within the Department.

If you are looking for research supervision, please visit the research groups and areas listed on this page to find associated members of staff. View individual staff profiles to discover more about their specific research interests and contact details. If you do not find the specific area of research you are looking for, please contact the Departmental Director of Research.

Research showcase

Research from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies examines key issues with real-world impact.

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Discover the FREEPSY project

Professor Raluca Soreanu from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is currently the Principal Investigator of a £1.6 million project, funded by a UKRI Frontier Research Grant. The project draws upon psychosocial studies, social theory, historical research and arts methods.

Learn more about the project


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Contact us
Departmental Director of Research Dr Matt Fytche
University of Essex
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873640