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I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, specialising in Critical Social Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods. I joined the University in September 2007 having held part time lectureships at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Open University. I obtained my degree in Psychology with Sociology (2001, University of Staffordshire), PCPD Teacher Training Qualification (2009, University of Huddersfield) and PhD in Psychogeography (2009, Manchester Metropolitan University). The focus of my PhD was about conceptualising how psychogeographical strategies could be developed for use in critical and qualitative psychological research. In that research, I analysed media representations of September 11th and the Aftermath (newspaper reports, political accounts and video footage) using discourse and semiological methods of analysis. I also analysed the material space of Ground Zero using psychogeographical techniques.
Whilst I was a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University I was involved with the Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group (PsyPAG) as a British Psychological Society North West member. In that role I was involved in organising a national Postgraduate Psychology conference at Manchester Metropolitan University. As a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, I was one of the main organisers for the international psychogeographical conference and festival, titled ‘Territorities Re-Imagined International Perspectives' which was held at Manchester Metropolitan as well as numerous other public venues including the Urbis museum and the Green Room.
I feel very grateful to have been part of the Discourse Unit when it operated at Manchester Metropolitan University and what I have learnt from academic staff, researchers and other colleagues has informed my critical and political approach to teaching Psychology today. I continue to have strong associations to the Discourse Unit, as well as the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, the Centre for Applied Psychology Research (based at the University of Huddersfield) and the British Psychological Society where I am member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology and Social Psychology sections.
As part of my 'public engagement' and critical-intellectual-activist work, I set up the Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network in order to explore the effects of neoliberal gentrification in towns and cities such as Huddersfield, Bradford and Manchester. I am also involved in other psychogeographical groups in the North of England including the Loiterers Resistance Movement and the Leeds Psychogeographical Group.
Recently, I was involved with colleagues in organising the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography at Heritage Quays in Huddersfield (http://4wcop.org) which is set to be an annual 2-3 days of psychogeographical and counter-psychogeographical walks, talks and other activities.
I am a critical psychologist and I undertook my doctoral research at the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, under the supervision of Professor Ian Parker and Reader in Psychology Dr Rebecca Lawthom. My PhD was externally examined by Reader in Media and Communications, Dr Lisa Blackman and Dr Geoff Bunn. My research work centres around the development of psychogeographical techniques to explore the effects of neoliberal gentrification in towns and cities, the emotional affects of places as well as to consider a political critique of environments and society.
I am passionate about Critical Social Psychology (particularly discourse approaches, South African critical psychology and non-Western forms of psychology), Qualitative Research Methods (principally, Foucauldian discourse methods and Lacanian psychoanalysis) radical mental health and activist-intellectual practice/theory. My current research involves the development of the psychogeographical approach in psychology. That work has been published in areas of psychology including qualitative psychology, social psychology and visual methods.
I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.
Bridger, A., Emmanouil, S. and Lawthom, R. (2018) ‘The psychogeographical turn in applied social psychology’. In: The Sage Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. : Sage. .
Brownrigg, A., Burr, V., Bridger, A. and Locke, A. (2017) ‘You shut up and go along with it: an interpretative phenomenological study of former professional footballers experiences of addiction’ Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health . ISSN 2159-6778
McDonald, M., Bridger, A., Wearing, S. and Ponting, J. (2017) ‘Consumer spaces as political spaces: a critical review of social, environmental and psychogeographical research’ Social and Personality Psychology Compass , 11 (7). ISSN 1751-9004
Bridger, A (2017) ‘Psychogeography: international perspectives’. In: Discourse Unit Global Summit, June 2017, University of Manchester
Bridger, A (2017) ‘'Either put on these glasses or start eating that trashcan!': Psychogeographically walking with John Nada, Beryl Curt and David Bollinger’ Annual Review of Critical Psychology , 13. ISSN 1746-739X
Bridger, A., Emmanouil, S. and Lawthom, R. (2017) ‘Trace.space: a psychogeographical community project with members of an arts and health organisation’ Qualitative Research in Psychology , 14 (1), pp. 42-61. ISSN 1478-0887
Bridger, A (2016) ‘What is psychogeography?’. In: The 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, 9-10th September 2016, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield
Bridger, A (2016) ‘Walking the radical talk’ The psychologist , 29 (4), pp. 276-279. ISSN 0952-8229
Bridger, A (2016) ‘Psychogeography and Ground Zero’. In: Landscapes of Monstrosity. : Interdisciplinary Books. . ISBN 978-1-84888-370-3
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography, Class Wargames and History’. In: Playing with History: A Workshop on Gaming and History, 12 November 2015, University of Huddersfield
Emmanouil, S. and Bridger, A. (2015) ‘Trace: Instructions for Mapping Space’. In: Community Psychology Festival, 20 November 2015, Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography, Anti-Psychologies and the Question of Social Change’. In: Walking Inside Out: Symposium and Book Launch, 15 October 2015, University of Sheffield
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography, Anti-Psychologies and the Question of Social Changes’. In: Invited speaker, 21 October 2015, Psychology Department, Sheffield Hallam University
McDonald, M., Bridger, A., Wearing, S. and Ponting, C. (2015) ‘Consumer spaces as political spaces: A critical review of social, environmental and psychogeographical research’. In: 24th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality: Responsibility Tourism, 1-3 October 2015, University of Iceland
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography’. In: Walking Inside Out: Book Talk, 9 October 2015, University of Huddersfield
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography, Anti-Psychologies and the Question of Social Change’. In: Walking Inside Out Contemporary British Psychogeography. London: Rowman & Littlefield. . ISBN 9781783480852
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography, anti-psychologies and the question of social change’. In: Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography Book Launch, 14 May 2015, University of Leeds
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeographical counter-tour guiding: Theory and practice’. In: IRFGT 2015. Abstracts & Selected Papers eBook. 4th International Research Forum on Guided Tours Estoril, Portugal 18th-21st March, 2015. : Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril. pp. 48-54. ISBN 978-989-20-6070-5
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychogeography and Ground Zero’. In: Monstrous Geographies: Places and Spaces of Monstrosity, 22-24 March 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychology After Lacan: Connecting the clinic and research’ The psychologist , 28. ISSN 0952-8229
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychology After Psychoanalysis: Psychosocial Studies and Beyond’ The psychologist , 28. ISSN 0952-8229
Bridger, A (2015) ‘Book review: Psychology after the crisis: scientific paradigms and political debate, Ian Parker (2014)’ The psychologist , 28, pp. 160-165. ISSN 0952-8229
Bridger, A (2014) ‘Psychogeography, social psychology and personal/political changes’. In: SPS Annual Conference, 9-11th September 2014, Canterbury Christ Church University
Bridger, A. and Emmanouil, S. (2014) ‘trace. [instructions for mapping space]’. In: London Conference in Critical Thought, 27-28th June 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London
Bridger, A (2014) ‘Psychogeography : research revolution and education’. In: Cass School of Education and Communities Research group, 27th March 2014, University of East London
Bridger, A (2014) ‘Book review : Sigmund Freuds Discovery of Psychoanalysis: Conquistador and Thinker by Paul Schimmel’ The psychologist , 27 (3), p. 208. ISSN 0952-8229
Bridger, A. and Emmanouil, S.(2014) Trace.space [Show/Exhibition]
Bridger, A (2014) ‘Psychogeography’. In: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. : Springer. . ISBN 978-1-4614-5583-7
Bridger, A (2014) ‘Situationism’. In: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. : Springer. . ISBN 978-1-4614-5583-7
Bridger, A (2014) ‘The thorny issue of pluralism, 'paradigm wars' and politics in qualitative methods and mixed methods research’ Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Bulletin (18). ISSN 2044-0820
Bridger, A (2013) ‘An Introduction to Psychogeographical Psychology and Possibly Involving a Short Dérive around Huddersfield’. In: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference 2013, 4th - 6th September 2013, Huddersfield, UK
Bridger, A (2013) ‘Visualising Manchester: Exploring new ways to study urban environments with reference to situationist theory, the dérive and qualitative research’ Qualitative Research in Psychology . ISSN 1478-0887
Bridger, A (2013) ‘Psychogeography and Feminist Methodology’ Feminism & Psychology , 23 (3), pp. 285-298. ISSN 0959-3535
Bridger, A (2013) ‘An Introduction to Psychogeographical Techniques in Critical Health Psychology Research’. In: 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, 22nd-24th July 2013, Bradford, UK
Bridger, A (2013) ‘Psychogeography, political practice and urbanism’. In: International Congress Critical Social Psychology: Discourse, Materiality and Politics, 6-8th February 2013, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bridger, A (2013) ‘Doing psychology amidst a crisis in capitalism The relevance of situationism and psychogeography for studying environments’. In: International Society for Theoretical Psychology Conference Proceedings 2011. Thessaloniki, Greece: Captus Press. .
Bridger, A (2013) ‘Book review: Social Identity in Question: Construction, Subjectivity and Critique, Parisa Dashtipour, Routledge, 2012’ The psychologist , 26 (1). ISSN 0952-8229
Brownrigg, A., Burr, V., Locke, A. and Bridger, A. (2012) ‘You don't know what's around the corner: A qualitative study of professional footballers in England facing career-transition’ Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin (14). ISSN 2044-0820
Bridger, A (2012) ‘Psychogeography, dice walking and urban research’. In: Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, 3-5th July 2012, University of Edinburgh
Bridger, A (2012) ‘Psychogeography, anti-methods and urbanism’. In: Situationist Aesthetics: The SI, Now Conference, 8th June 2012, University of Sussex, Brighton
Bridger, A (2011) ‘Psychogeography and the Study of Social Environments: Extending Visual Methodological Research in Psychology’. In: Visual Methods in Psychology Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research. : Routledge. . ISBN 9780415483483
Bridger, A (2011) ‘Place, community and culture: An investigation of regeneration in Northern towns and cities in the United Kingdom’. In: 14th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, 27th June - 1st July 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece
Bridger, A (2011) ‘Walking as a "Radicalized" Critical Psychological Method? A Review of Academic, Artistic and Activist Contributions to the Study of Social Environments’. In: Critical Psychology. : Psychology Press (Routledge). pp. 131-139. ISBN 9780415568593
Bridger, A (2010) ‘Book review: Stenner, P. & Greco, M. (Eds.) Emotions: A Social Sciences Reader. London & New York: Routledge’ Social psychological review , 12 (2). ISSN 1369-7862
Bridger, A (2010) ‘How walking can be used as a feminist research method and why the political analysis of environments and gendered subject positions is important’. In: City/States: revealing urban space and place, 21st July 2010, Bradford, UK
Bridger, A (2010) ‘Can walking be a radical method? A review of academic, artistic and activist writings on psychogeography’. In: Leeds Psychogeography Group Talk & Walk, 22nd June 2010, Leeds, UK
Bridger, A (2010) ‘Revolutionary psychology, art and social science: Discussing research and social impact’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival 2010, 8-18 March 2010, Huddersfield University
Bridger, A (2010) ‘Walking as a Radicalized Critical Psychological Method? A Review of Academic, Artistic and Activist Contributions to the Study of Social Environments’ Social and Personality Psychology Compass , 4 (2), pp. 131-139. ISSN 1751-9004
Bridger, A (2009) ‘Situationism, Psychogeography and the Study of Place: Radicalising Psychological Research Methods’. In: School of Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day 2009, 27th March 2009, Huddersfield, UK
Bridger, A (2009) ‘Drifting around Manchester after the IRA bomb attack of 1996’ The Mule .
Bridger, A (2009) Psychogeography, September 11th 2001 and the Aftermath: Extending Qualitative Methods in Psychology Doctoral thesis, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Bridger, A (2009) ‘'Psychogeography and the Walking Method': Exploring New Innovative and Emerging Methods in Qualitative Research’. In: PsyPAG (Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group), 2009, Salford, UK
Bridger, A (2008) ‘Psychogeography, Psychology and Ground Zero’. In: Territories Reimagined: International Perspectives Conference and Festival, 19th 21st June 2008, Manchester, UK
Bridger, A (2008) ‘Situationism, psychogeography and the study of place: Radicalising psychological research methods’. In: Territories Reimagined: International Perspectives: A psychogeography festival, 21st June 2008, Manchester, UK
Bridger, A., Rose, M. and Dickenson, B. (2006) ‘Psychogeography and the Situationists’. In: Basement Social Centre presentation, 2006, Basement Social Centre, Manchester, UK
Bridger, A., van Aitken, J. and Brake, J. (2005) ‘The Situationists and Psychogeography’. In: Discourse Unit Presentation, December 2005, Manchester, UK
Bridger, A (2005) ‘An exploration of Ground Zero using Psychogeography’. In: Graduate Seminars in Narrative and Biographical Research, 4th October 2005, University of East London, London, UK
Bridger, A (2005) ‘Manchester after the IRA bomb of 1996: Political community strategies and situated urban knowledges’. In: First International Conference Community, Work and Family: Change and Transformation, 16th-18th March 2005, Manchester, UK
Bridger, A., King, A. and Siddiquee, A. (2005) ‘PsyPAG Annual Conference Review’ British Psychological Society North West Branch Newsletter .
Bridger, A (2005) ‘Letters to the Editor’ PsyPAG Quarterly .
Bridger, A (2004) ‘Visual Analyses of September 11th Representations using Situationist Theory’. In: Inaugural Conference of the Institute of Health and Social Change, 2004, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Bridger, A (2004) ‘Psychogeography exhibition’. In: Get Lost! Festival, 2004, Manchster, UK
Bridger, A (2003) ‘Interpreting Ideology in Political Textual Analyses’. In: International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) Biennial Meeting 2003, 22nd - 27th June 2003, Istanbul, Turkey
Bridger, A (2003) ‘Psychology, culture and the Trafford Centre’ PsyPAG Quarterly .
Bridger, A (2003) ‘Experiences of being a part-time student’ PsyPAG Quarterly .
Bridger, A (2003) ‘Reflexive Strategies in Political Textual Analyses’. In: International Conference of Critical Psychology: Contesting conflict, challenging consensus, 27th - 31st August 2003, Bath, UK
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