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Dr Melanie Morgan

Dr Melanie Morgan

Research Assistant

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. 

Career overview

Research Roles:

  • 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.


Academic positions

Teaching Roles:

  • 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.

Speaking engagements

  • 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.

Conference Presentations

  • 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.