Harriet Mossop

Postgraduate Research Student
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Harriet Mossop



Harriet (she/her) is a postgraduate researcher in the department of psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex. She is a co-founder of the Queer Encounters research network for psychosocial researchers in gender and sexuality (, a member of the Queer Analytic Circle, and a member of the CHASE Feminist network. She has presented papers based on her early research at clinical and academic conferences in the UK. She is also an accountant, and works part time for the Financial Reporting Council in the UK where she is responsible for monitoring and supervising UK companies' sustainability reporting.


  • MSc, Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health King's College, London (2021)

  • MA (Cantab.), Natural Sciences University of Cambridge (1996)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Queer female sexuality in psychoanalysis

I am interested in how queer female sexuality has been theorised by psychoanalysis, and in queer women's experiences in the clinic. I am using queer, feminist methodologies - queer phenomenology, erotohistoriography, archive recovery - to explore historic and contemporary accounts of experiences in the clinic as recorded in clinical vignettes. I plan to do qualitative research on how the Oedipus complex is taught in psychoanalytic trainings, and experiences of erotic transference.



Colchester Campus