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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.

I am one of the main organisers for the annual 4th World Congress of Psychogeography at Heritage Quays in Huddersfield (http://4wcop.org) which includes counter-psychogeographical walks, talks and other activities.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • The theorisation and conceptual development of psychogeographical techniques to explore: the effects of neoliberal gentrification in towns and cities, LGBTQ issues, surveillance/privacy, digital flaneurie,  snf mental health.
  • Critical social psychology and qualitative approaches, i.e. Foucault, Lacan, Debord and Barthes.

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Psycho-geography
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Geography
  • Architecture
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology

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Research Output 2012 2019

The Psychogeographical Turn in Applied Social Psychology

Bridger, A., Emmanouli, S. & Lawthom, R., Jan 2019, The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. O'Doherty, K. & Hodgetts, D. (eds.). SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 515-529 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
professional experience
1 Citation (Scopus)

Consumer Spaces as Political Spaces: A Critical Review of Social, Environmental, and Psychogeographical Research

McDonald, M., Bridger, A., Wearing, S. & Ponting, J., 4 Jul 2017, In : Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 11, 7, 12 p., e12325.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Psychology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Environmental Psychology
Social Theory
4 Citations (Scopus)

Trace.space: a psychogeographical community project with members of an arts and health organisation

Bridger, A. J., Emmanouil, S. & Lawthom, R., 2 Jan 2017, In : Qualitative Research in Psychology. 14, 1, p. 42-61 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Change

Activities 2008 2019

  • 17 Oral presentation
  • 7 Invited talk
  • 3 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 PhD Examination

Definitions, Debates & Directions for Contemporary Psychogeography

Alexander Bridger (Speaker), Tina Richardson (Speaker), Jamie McPhie (Speaker), Simon Cole (Speaker), Taylor Butler Eldridge (Speaker)
6 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

A homage to Ballard - Psychogeography and the Trafford Centre

Alexander Bridger (Speaker), Tina Richardson (Speaker)
6 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

4th World Congress of Psychogeography

Alexander Bridger (Organiser)
6 Sep 20198 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Walking In Between Margins

Alexander Bridger (Speaker)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Walking In Between the Margins: A Psychogeographical Study with LGBTQ People in the Kirklees Area

Alexander Bridger (Speaker)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation