Dr Steven Stanley BSc PhD

Dr Steven Stanley

BSc PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Email:
stanleys1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2068 7597
Location:
2.28, Glamorgan Building
Media commentator

I am a critical psychologist in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Wales. My academic background is in Psychology. I hold an Honours degree in Psychology (The Nottingham Trent University, 2000) and a Doctorate in Philosophy titled 'Doctoral Dilemmas: Towards a Discursive Psychology of Postgraduate Education' (Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, 2005).

I am interested in the therapeutic cultures of late modernity, with a particular focus on social studies of mindfulness.

My research comprises three interwoven threads:

  1. Historical scholarship of meditation and mindfulness in Buddhism and Psychology – specifically as applied to ethico-moral issues.
  2. Qualitative analyses of mindfulness-based teaching in action.
  3. Experiments in post-therapeutic contemplative practices as forms of social exploration.

My articles have appeared in journals such as Theory & Psychology, Social & Personality Psychology Compass, and Qualitative Research in Psychology.

Alongside my academic research, I have a 20-year meditation practice, and have undertaken the two-year Committed Dharma Practitioner Programme at Gaia House, Devon, and Pāli Summer School at Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Oxford.

Currently, I am collaborating internationally on a series of interdisciplinary studies of mindfulness, meditation and mind wandering. I am a co-editor of the Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness (Stanley, Purser & Singh, Springer Publications, due 2018). I am the Principle Investigator of a three-year research project ‘Beyond Personal Well-Being’, a landmark study of the mindfulness movement in the United Kingdom, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

I welcome informal inquiries from potential PhD students and co-researchers interested in the fields of critical, social and cultural psychology and qualitative social research especially concerning topics including self and identity, embodiment, experience, as well as psychological and therapeutic cultures - including the study of mindfulness, meditation and contemplative practices.

Academic positions

Graduate teaching assistant, social psychology undergraduate programme, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University (2002-2003).

Internal marker, part-time, sociology undergraduate programme, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University (2002-2003).
External marker, part-time, media studies undergraduate programme, Department of Media Production, University of Lincoln (2001-2002).
Visiting scholar, East Side Institute for Short-Term Psychotherapy, Manhattan, New York City (1998).

Speaking engagements

Conferences, Workshops and Conference Presentations

Organised Conferences and Workshops

2013Enlivened Learning workshop with colleagues in Canada and UK for Education & Utopia research group, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

2011  Mindfulness and Society weekend conference-retreat (co-organised with M. Barker, Open University) for academic social researchers and practitioners at Sharpham House, Devon.

Invited Keynote Addresses

2013  'Mindfulness, dialogue, relationality: uncovering our inter-beingness?' Mindful Sex and Relationship Therapy day conference, College of Sex and Relationship Therapists, King's College, London.

2011  'Intimate distances: mindfulness, compassion, and society'. Building a Compassionate Society Conference-Retreat, Centre for World Peace and Health, Holy Isle, Scotland.

2009  'The mindful practitioner: towards mindfulness as social inquiry'. Mindfulness and Wellbeing: From Spirituality to Neuroscience Conference, Department of Psychology, University of East London.

Invited Papers and Workshops

2014'Monte Grande: What is Life?' Event at Body, Health, Religion research network, Cardiff University.

2014'Mindfulness, Contemplative Education, and Academic Capitalism'. Paper presented at Mindfulness in Higher Education workshop co-organised with C. Cullen, A. Faris, & K. Malleson at Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University.

2013  'Mindfulness, Contemplative Education, and Academic Capitalism'. Paper presented at Mindfulness in Higher Education workshop co-organised with C. Cullen, A. Faris, K. Malleson, & R. Collins at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University.

2013  ''The revolutionary talk that will save your life!' A rhetorical analysis of self-help books about mindfulness.' Paper presented at Mindfulness and Mental Health day conference, Centre for Citizenship, Identities & Governance, Open University, Camden, London.

2012  'Will the 'Real' Mindfulness Please Stand Up? Metaphors of Mindfulness in Pali Buddhism, Psychotherapy and Cognitive Science'. Paper presented at Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association conference 'How mindful should psychotherapists and counsellors be about mindfulness?' Roehampton University, Whitelands College, London.

2012'Mindfulness, Contemplative Education, and Academic Capitalism'. Paper presented at Mindfulness in Higher Education workshop co-organised with C. Cullen, A. Faris, S. Lynch, K. Malleson, & T. Russell, at Mindfulness in Society International Scientific Conference, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University.

2012'Buddhist sociology and breaching experiments'. Paper presented at Social Mindfulness and Critical Subjectivity day conference, Centre for Citizenship, Identities, & Governance, Open University, Milton Keynes.

2012'Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Three Phases of a Cultural Encounter'. Paper presented at 'A Dangerous Method' SciScreen, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

2012  'Ending the Pursuit of Happiness?' Paper presented at 'Happy' SciScreen, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

2011'Mindfulness and the Politics of Cultivating Present Moment Awareness'. Paper presented at Philosophy Café, Gate Arts and Community Centre, Cardiff.

2010'Insight into interbeing: mindfulness as psychosocial inquiry'. Paper presented at Studying the Psychosocial day conference, Centre for Citizenship, Identities, & Governance, Open University, Milton Keynes.

2010  'Mindfulness as a qualitative research methodology for psychology?' Workshop at BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference, University of Nottingham .

2010'Bringing Mindfulness to Bear' workshop with J. Haran for Culture, Imagination, Practice group, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Papers and Workshops

2011  'Towards Relational Mindfulness: A Social Constructionist View.' Workshop at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Conference, School of Psychology, Bangor University.

2010  'From discourse to awareness: a comparison of discursive constructionist and Buddhist mindfulness approaches to mind.' Paper presented at the BPS Social Psychology Section Conference, University of Winchester.

2010  'Developing a mindfulness-based prison intervention for inmates and its effects on psychosocial well-being, substance use, and recidivism'. Paper presented to Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ), Cardiff University.

2008  'Beyond dialogue? The drama of bodily life in Bakhtin's Rabelais and His World.' Paper presented at the BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Conference, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

2007'Repression, ambivalence and the Ph.D: towards a psychoanalytic discursive psychology of doctoral education.' Paper presented in the 'Psychoanalysis, Organisational Practice and the Political' stream of the Fifth Critical Management Studies Conference, Mancester University, Manchester.

2007'Looking backward, 2007 to 1929: the historical and contemporary relevance of V. N. Voloshinov's Marxism and the Philosophy of Language.' Paper presented at the BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Conference, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Committees and reviewing

I convene the Qualitative Data Analysis Workshop.

2018

  • Stanley, S., Purser, R. E. and Singh, N. N. 2018. Ethical foundations of mindfulness. In: Stanley, S., Purser, R. E. and Singh, N. N. eds. Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. Springer

2016

2015

2014

  • Stanley, S. 2014. Mindfulness. In: Teo, T. ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer, pp. 1186-1192.

2013

2012

2005

2004

I teach and supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral researchers in the fields of critical social psychology, qualitative social research, especially discourse analysis and embodied methods. I teach mindfulness meditation on professional programmes in social work and education. I am also a personal tutor. I am a core staff member in the Psychology teaching group in the School of Social Sciences and teach on British Psychological Society accredited modules on BSc Human and Social Sciences.

Undergraduate:

First year Introduction to Psychology (Convenor)
Second year Current Debates in Social Psychology (Contributor)
Third year Advanced Social Psychology (Contributor)
Third year Dissertation (Contributor

Postgraduate:

MA Discourse & Society: Contributor to 'Research in Discourse and Society'
MA Social Work: Contributor to 'Mindfulness for Social Work'
MSc Education, Policy & Society: Contributor to 'Global Educational Alternatives'

My current research projects include:

* Mindfulness in action: how do teachers and students discursively construct 'mindfulness' in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?'

* 'The revolutionary article that will save your life!" A rhetorical analysis of promotional strategies in self-help books on mindfulness.

* Process evaluation of Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence courses for Probation Officers and offenders.

* Process evaluation of mindfulness courses for child protection social workers.

* Mindfulness meditation as an embodied psychosocial research method.

Other research and teaching interests include:

* Critical social psychology especially social constructionism.

* Discursive psychology, rhetorical psychology and discourse analysis.

* Ethno-sciences: discursive psychology, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and particularly the use of psychological terms in interaction.

* History and philosophy of Psychology, particularly in relation to ordinary language philosophy, dialogism, William James, and Buddhism.

* Mindfulness, meditation, and contemplative practices as topics and resources for critical social science.

* Buddhist psychology, ethics, and modernity.

* Embodied research in social psychology concerning identity, affect, and experience.

My previous research interests include: power and ideological dilemmas in PhD education in the social sciences; rhetoric and repression in international undergraduate students' talk about internet use.