Professor Renos Papadopoulos

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Professor Renos Papadopoulos
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    4SB.6.12, Colchester Campus



A member of the Human Rights Centre, and of the Transitional Justice Network at the University of Essex. In addition, he is Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, Training and Supervising Jungian Psychoanalyst and Systemic Family Psychotherapist practising in London (member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists). As consultant to the United Nations and other organisations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He is the founder and director of the MA / PhD in Refugee Care that is offered jointly by the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic. He lectures, consults and offersspecialist trainings internationally and his writings have appeared in fourteen languages. I am currently supervising the followingPhD students: - David Alexander: Approaching Moral Injury in contemporary warfare: connecting Eastern Christian spiritual healing with modern therapeutic interventions. - Dena Alinejad: Fostered unaccompanied minors in the United Kingdom: a psychosocial investigation - Jay Barlow: The traumatised self in exile: the challenges of narcissistic wounding on longing and belonging when the consulting room becomes a refuge. - Panayiotis Chaldaios: Nostalgic Disorientation in refugees and substance users: an investigation in an urban Greek setting - Elisabetta Iberni:Attachment theory and analytical psychology. An exploration in a cross-cultural perspective: the case of post-conflict Kosovo. - Elizabeth Johnston: Exploring the psychosocial wellbeing of LGBT refugees. - Margaret Sesay: Psychosocial dimensions of the experiences of Sierra Leonean refugee women living in the UK. - Gloria Geretto: Healing through Nature: horticulture as a therapeutic experience for refugees. Exploring the psychosocial role of nature-based therapy in healing trauma. - Ding Liang: Age and gender factors in Adversity-Activated Development in refugees. - Federica Micoli: Psychosocial approaches to the Human Rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in South Africa - Metasebia Tadesse: Constructing Identities among Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Adolescents in exile. - Mustafa Qossoqsi: Transgenerational effects of Nakba: a psychosocial investigation - Gulenbaht Senturk: The Impact of Involuntary Dislocation on Couple Relationships: A Psychosocial Investigation of Attachment - Robin Tu: Suicide Surviving: A Jungian Exploration using Narrative Approach - David Vincent: The working theories of group-analytic psychotherapists. - Giulia Zucca: The Complexity of the Refugee Experience. Towards an Embodied Narration 'Adversity Activated Development' This is a brief interview Professor Renos Papadopoulos gave to the local TV station whilst he was lecturing in Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA) in September 2006. It was a live interview as part of their news bulletin on the 9th September. He was invited to give the '9/11 Memorial Lecture' and he also offered workshops for professionals. The yellow flag on his left is the flag of the State of New Mexico; he was at the studio of the State Capitol Building (in Santa Fe) and the interviewer was in the main studios in Albuquerque (New Mexico). Windows Media/Audio File of the interview


University of Essex

  • Director, Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (2007 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Involuntary dislocation (forced migration), trauma and refugees

Working with survivors of violence and disasters

Psychosocial humanitarian interventions

Psychosocial perspectives on Human Rights

The interface between Analytical Psychology and systems, family therapy, and culture

Epistemology of therapeutic endeavours

Academic and professional interface with Eastern Orthodox Christianity.


Journal articles (21)

Papadopoulos, RK. and Gionakis, N., (2018). The neglected complexities of refugee fathers. Psychotherapy and Politics International. 16 (1), e1438-e1438

Papadopoulos, RK., (2018). An Uncertain Safety: Integrative Health Care for the 21st Century Refugees. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 9 (1), 1549929-1549929

Karageorge, A., Rhodes, P., Gray, R. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2017). Refugee and staff experiences of psychotherapeutic services. Intervention. 15 (1), 51-69

Shea, S., Samoutis, G., Wynyard, R., Samoutis, A., Lionis, C., Anastasiou, A., Araujo, A., Papageorgiou, A. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2016). Encouraging compassion through teaching and learning: a case study in Cyprus. Journal of Compassionate Health Care. 3 (10)

Kiehl, E. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2016). Some thoughts on... (Renos Papadopoulos interviewed by Emilija Kiehl). International Association for Analytical Psychology Newsheet

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Trauma e processi di resilienza; un approccio psicosociale. Prospettive Sociali e Sanitarie. XLV, 6-9

Papadopoulos, RK., (2014). L'altro altro: quando l'altro esotico sottomette l'altro familiare. Rivista di Psicologia Analitica. 90 (38), 55-88

Papadopoulos, RK., (2013). Ethnopsychologische Ann´┐Żherungen an ´┐Żberlebende von Katastrophen. Prolegomena zu einer jungianischen Perspektive. Analytische Psychologie. 172 (44), 134-171

Papadopoulos, RK., (2011). The Umwelt and Networks of Archetypal Images: A Jungian Approach to Therapeutic Encounters in Humanitarian Contexts. Psychotherapy and Politics International. 9 (3), 212-231

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Editorial. International Journal of Jungian Studies. 2 (2), 85-85

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). FRED PLAUT. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 55 (1), 149-154

Papadopoulos, RK., (2008). L?Umwelt, Jung e le reti di immagini archetipiche. (The Umwelt, Jung and Networks of Archetypal Images. Rivista di Psicologia Analitica. Nuova serie. 26 (78), 93-128

Papadopoulos, RK., (2008). Systemic Challenges in a Refugee Camp. Context, the Journal of the Association of Family Therapy, 16-19

Voulgaridou, MG., Papadopoulos, RK. and Tomaras, V., (2006). Working with refugee families in Greece: systemic considerations. Journal of Family Therapy. 28 (2), 200-220

(2002). Refugee families. Psychologist. 15 (10), 517-

Papadopoulos, RK., (2001). Refugee families: issues of systemic supervision. Journal of Family Therapy. 23 (4), 405-422

Papadopoulos, RK., (1999). Critical Notice. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 44 (2), 265-271

Papadopoulos, R., (1999). Working with Bosnian Medical Evacuees and their Families: Therapeutic Dilemmas. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 4 (1), 107-120


Papadopoulos, R., (1997). Is teaching Jung within university possible?: a response to David Tacey. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 42 (2), 297-301

FABER, PA., SAAYMAN, GS. and PAPADOPOULOS, RK., (1983). Induced Waking Fantasy.. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 28 (2), 141-164

Books (1)

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Involuntary Dislocation Home, Trauma, Resilience and Adversity-Activated Development. 0415682770. 9780415682770

Book chapters (12)

Papadopoulos, R., (2019). Trauma and Umwelt: An Archetypal Framework for Humanitarian Interventions. In: Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD. 088937497X. 9780889374973

Papadopoulos, R., (2018). Home: Paradoxes, Complexities and Vital Dynamism. In: Thinking Home Interdisciplinary Dialogues. Bloomsbury Publishing. 1350062359. 9781350062351

Papadopoulos, RK., (2016). Therapeutic encounters and interventions outside the consulting room: challenges in theory and practice. In: Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology. Editors: Kiehl, E., Saban, M. and Samuels, A., . Routledge. 11- 20

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Refugees and psychological trauma. In: Psychoanalysis, Collective Traumas and Memory Places. Editors: Leo, G., . Frenis Zero Press. 225- 246

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Terrorisme et panique. In: Penser et repenser le terrorisme. Editors: Delga, J., . MA Editions. 217- 231

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Failure and Success in Forms of Involuntary Dislocation: Trauma, Resilience, and Adversity-Activated Development. In: The Crucible of Failure. Editors: Wirtz, U., Wirth, S., Egger, D. and Remark, K., . Spring Journal. 25- 49. 978-1-935528-71-5

Papadopoulos, RK., (2012). Keep Thy Mind in Hell and Despair Not? Reflections on psychosocial work with survivors of political violence. In: The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms. Editors: Welker, M., . William B Eerdmans. 143- 160. 978-0-8028-6692-9

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Contributions. In: The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. Editors: Skelton, RM., . Edinburgh University Press. 9780748612659

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Deepening Connections. In: Living with Jung: "Enterviews" with Jungian Analysts, Vol 3. Editors: Henderson, R. and Henderson, JW., . Spring. 9781935528050

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Working with refugee and asylum seeking families. In: ?Race? And Culture. Tools, Techniques and Trainings. A Manual for Professionals. Editors: Singh, R. and Dutta, S., . Karnac. 9781855757714

Papadopoulos, RK., (2009). Extending Jungian Psychology. Working with survivors of political upheavals. In: Sacral Revolutions: Reflecting on the Work of Andrew Samuels - Cutting Edges in Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. Editors: Heuer, G., . Routledge. 192- 200. 9780415481724

Papadopoulos, RK., (2009). Jung and Otherings in South Africa. In: Cape Town 2007 Journeys, Encounters: Clinical, Communal, Cultural. Editors: Bennett, P., . Daimon. 9783856307288

Conferences (3)

Karageorge, A., Rhodes, P., Gray, R. and Papadopoulos, R., (2017). Relationship and family therapy for newly-resettled refugees: A qualitative inquiry of an innovative, needs-adapted approach in Sydney, Australia

Papadopoulos, RK., (2002). The other other: when the exotic other subjugates the familiar other

Papadopoulos, RK., (1998). Destructiveness, atrocities and healing: epistemological and clinical reflections

Reports and Papers (2)

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Enhancing Vulnerable Asylum Seekers? Protection. Trainers? Manual

Muneghina, O. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Enhancing Vulnerable Asylum Seekers? Protection. Transnational Report 2009-2010

Grants and funding


Psychosocial training and support for unaccompanied migrant/refugee children and young persons in Mexico

University of Essex


Working with Adversity Survivors in the Pacific Rim and Beyond: Trauma, Resilience....

Economic & Social Research Council


Training Workshops - Systemic and Family Counselling

International Organisation of Migration


EVASP Project

International Organisation of Migration

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