Dr Melanie Morgan
My research interests and publications coalese around affect and emotion, subjectivity and identity; social class, motherhood, higher education, space and place, intergenerational transmission and social justice. Methodologically, my work focusses on psychosocial approaches to social research, particularly psychoanalytically inflected work. I am also interested in innovative, creative, visual and participatory methods of data collection.
My PhD research, ‘Class, motherhood and mature studentship – (re-)constructing and (re)- negotiating subjectivity’ explored the complex psychosocial dimensions of aspiration, motivation and participation in higher education as a working class mature student and mother. Taking an explicitly psychosocial approach, and drawing on my own subjectivity as a tool used in concert with an eclectic range of relational psychoanalytic work, it considered the emotional/affective and unconscious elements of aspiration and motivation, and the consequences for subjectivity as working class women, and as mothers and students within the landscape of contemporary neo-liberalism.
Education and Qualifications
- 2016 PhD (Social Science), Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
- 2011 MSc (Social Science Research Methods), Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
- 2008 BSc (Social Science), Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
- 2016 - Present Research Assistant, South East Wales Trials Unit, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK.
- 2014 Research Assistant, Forgotten Abergavenny Project.
- 2009 Editorial Assistant, ‘Subjectivity’, Palgrave.
Honours and awards
- June 2015 ‘Emotions, feelings and Findings’, FIG Event, Cardiff University. Winner of best presentation award.
- April 2016 Winner of the Audrey Jones Memorial Award presented by Wales Assembly of Women at the 2016 Annual Conference.
- 2015 – 2016 Module Convenor and Lecturer, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology (Level 4), LEARN (Cardiff University Continuing and Professional Development).
Community Tutor, Live Local Learn Local Project, (Level 3).
- 2014/15 Module Lecturer and Seminar Tutor, Social and Cultural Psychology, School of Social Science.
- 2013/14 Module Lecturer and Seminar Tutor, Social and Cultural Psychology, School of Social Science.
- 2011/12 Seminar Tutor, Key Ideas in Social Science, School of Social Science.
- 30 April 2016 Invited Guest Speaker at Wales Assembly for Women 2016 Annual Conference – Class, Motherhood and Mature Studentship – (Re) Constructing and (Re) Negotiating Subjectivity.
- February 2016 Reducing Researcher Dominance in Qualitative Interviewing: the intersection of the novel and the mundane, South West Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath.
- January 2017 ‘Negotiating Ideologies of Motherhood,’ Exploring Health and Wellbeing in Early Motherhood Dissemination Event, The Cardiff Story. Cardiff.
- June 2015 ‘Emotions, feelings and Findings’, FIG Event, Cardiff University
- January 2015 ‘Reflections from the Waiting Field’, Quality in Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics Conference, Bath University.
- December 2014 ‘Reflections from the Waiting Field’, SRHE Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport.
- September2014 Re-thinking Academic Sisterhood: Reflections of Relationships between Women in the Research Practice and within the ivory tower. Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women’s Relationships FWSA Interim Conference.