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 three research centres and two 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. 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 covers a broad range of topics. The list below is not exhaustive so if you are looking for an area of research which is not included please contact the Departmental Director of Research.
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 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:
This multi-method research project by Professor Raluca Soreanu examines the social history of Balint groups.The project focuses on the psychoanalytic contribution to the medical sciences.
This interdisciplinary project breaks ground by telling an alternative radical history of psychoanalysis. It traces the metamorphoses of Freud’s couch, happening when psychoanalysis becomes entangled with emancipatory movements and liberation struggles, and engages with social inequalities based on race, class, gender, poverty, and other forms of marginalization.