Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Our research

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An outstanding reputation

We have an outstanding reputation for research. We're top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).

Broad scope

Our researchers are recognised internationally for their work in the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally.

We are able to offer research supervision in the fields below, but this list is not exhaustive so let us know if you would like to research in an area that's not listed.

Group and institutional dynamics

Refugee studies

Read our papers

Read our latest cutting-edge papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide range of fields we cover.

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Postgraduate research

Our postgraduates actively contribute to our research profile.

Our list of current PhD theses shows the range of research currently being carried out in our Department. You can view completed PhD theses in our Albert Sloman Library.

Fostering creativity

We foster creative, new ways of looking at our research areas, and our top quality research is evidence of this.

We're surrounded by strong departments that support our work. We work closely with the Departments of Sociology, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, the Schools of Philosophy and Art History and Health and Human Sciences, Essex Business School, Centre for Theoretical Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Centre.