Portrait of Dr Alexander John Bridger Dr Alexander John Bridger

a.j.bridger@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472572



Biography

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.

Research and Scholarship

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.

University research group memberships

I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Bridger, A (2017) ‘Psychogeography: international perspectives’. In: Discourse Unit Global Summit, June 2017, University of Manchester

Bridger, A., Emmanouil, S. and Lawthom, R. (2017) ‘The psychogeographical turn in applied social psychology’. In: The Sage Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. : Sage. .

2016

Bridger, A (2016) ‘What is psychogeography?’. In: The 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, 9-10th September 2016, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Bridger, A., Emmanouil, S. and Lawthom, R. (2016) ‘trace.space: A psychogeographical community project with members of an arts and health organisationQualitative Research in Psychology . ISSN 1478-0887

Bridger, A (2016) ‘Walking the radical talkThe 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

2015

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, Class Wargames and History’. In: Playing with History: A Workshop on Gaming and History, 12 November 2015, University of Huddersfield

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 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, 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 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) ‘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 (2015) ‘Psychology After Lacan: Connecting the clinic and researchThe psychologist , 28. ISSN 0952-8229

Bridger, A (2015) ‘Psychology After Psychoanalysis: Psychosocial Studies and BeyondThe psychologist , 28. ISSN 0952-8229

2014

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) ‘Book review : Sigmund Freud’s Discovery of Psychoanalysis: Conquistador and Thinker by Paul SchimmelThe psychologist , 27 (3), p. 208. ISSN 0952-8229

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. 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 researchQualitative Methods in Psychology Section Bulletin (18). ISSN 2044-0820

2013

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 researchQualitative Research in Psychology . ISSN 1478-0887

Bridger, A (2013) ‘Psychogeography and Feminist MethodologyFeminism & 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) ‘Book review: Social Identity in Question: Construction, Subjectivity and Critique, Parisa Dashtipour, Routledge, 2012The psychologist , 26 (1). ISSN 0952-8229

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. .

2012

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-transitionQualitative 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

2011

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

2010

Bridger, A (2010) ‘Book review: Stenner, P. & Greco, M. (Eds.) Emotions: A Social Sciences Reader. London & New York: RoutledgeSocial 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 EnvironmentsSocial and Personality Psychology Compass , 4 (2), pp. 131-139. ISSN 1751-9004

2009

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 1996The 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

2008

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 (2008) ‘Psychogeography, Psychology and Ground Zero’. In: Territories Reimagined: International Perspectives Conference and Festival, 19th – 21st June 2008, Manchester, UK

2006

Bridger, A., Rose, M. and Dickenson, B. (2006) ‘Psychogeography and the Situationists’. In: Basement Social Centre presentation, 2006, Basement Social Centre, Manchester, UK

2005

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 (2005) ‘Letters to the EditorPsyPAG Quarterly .

Bridger, A., King, A. and Siddiquee, A. (2005) ‘PsyPAG Annual Conference ReviewBritish Psychological Society North West Branch Newsletter .

2004

Bridger, A (2004) ‘Psychogeography exhibition’. In: Get Lost! Festival, 2004, Manchster, UK

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

2003

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) ‘Experiences of being a part-time studentPsyPAG Quarterly .

Bridger, A (2003) ‘Psychology, culture and the Trafford CentrePsyPAG 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

Esteem

Professional Membership:

  • Discourse Unit – Member
  • University College Union – Member
  • Higher Education Academy - Fellow
  • British Psychological Society - Associate Fellow
  • British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society North East Branch - Member
  • British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section - Member
  • British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods Section - Member
  • Centre for Applied Psychology Research - Member
  • Centre for Research in the Social Sciences - Member
  • Creative Interdisciplinary Centre – Member
  • Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network – Chief
  • Loiterers Resistance Movement - Officer
  • Leeds Psychogeographical Group - Member

Publications:

  • Invited onto the board of Editors for the journal Annual Review of Critical Psychology (international journal directed by Professor Ian Parker, (2009 to present)
  • Reviewer of journals for: Qualitative Methods in Psychology, the British Journal of Social Psychology, Theory and Psychology and the Personality and Social Psychology Compass journal (2011 to present)
  • Reviewed book proposals/manuscripts and chapters for: Routledge, Sage and Prentice Hall

Conferences:

  • Organiser for the Territories Re-imagined: International Perspectives International Conference (2006-2008)
  • Organiser for the Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology Conference (September 2013)
  • Organiser for the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, Heritage Quays, University of Huddersfield, 9-10th September 2016

External Validation/Review of Courses:

  • Invited to conduct the External Validation of the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Society course at Leeds Metropolitan University (March 2008)

Grant income (internal and external)

 

  • Bid to Research and Enterprise, University of Huddersfield, successful, amount £500 (June 2016)         
  • ​Bid to the Centre for Applied Psychology and Health Research, University of Huddersfield, successful, amount £184.70 (June 2016)
  • Sabbatical granted by the University of Huddersfield (September-June 2015)
  • Bursary for the Foundation Group Analysis Course, Institute of Group Analysis, Bolton (June 2014)
  • Conference fees and travel expenses paid by the University of Huddersfield to attend the Introductory Lectures and Seminars in Psychoanalysis at the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (September 2013 – April 2014)
  • Conference fees and travel expenses paid by the University of Huddersfield to attend the Congress of Critical Social Psychology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (February 2013)
  • Conference fees and travel expenses paid by the University of Huddersfield to attend the Situationist Aesthetics: The Situationist International Now – Conference, University of Brighton (June 2012)
  • Conference fees and travel expenses paid by the University of Huddersfield to attend the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh (June 2012)
  • Conference and travel expenses paid by the University of Huddersfield to attend the International Conference of Theoretical Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (June 2011)
  • Conference fees and travel expenses paid by the University of Huddersfield to attend City-States: Revealing Urban Space and Place, City Hall, University of Bradford (June 2010)
  • Sabbatical granted by the University of Huddersfield (June-July 2010). Granting gained via Innovation Bid to the University of Huddersfield (Jan 2009)

Research Degree Supervision

Completed supervisions include:

  • ‘Conservative Constructions of Welfare Reform’ - Abigal Jackson MRes Merit - Director of Studies, University of Huddersfield
  • ‘A Phenomenological Study of the Transitional Experience of Footballers’ - Andrew Brownrigg PhD - Co-supervisor, University of Huddersfield
  • 'Forest Schools’ – Helen Hughes – MSc First – Director of Studies, University of Huddersfield

Current supervisions include:

  • ‘Community, mental health and psychogeography’- Sophia Emmanouil - PhD - Director of Studies, University of Huddersfield
  • ‘A Discursive Study of Media Representations of Mental Health and Illness’ - Becky Scott - PhD - Director of Studies, University of Huddersfield
  • ‘Media and Terrorism’ - Robyn Atkinson MRes - Director of Studies, University of Huddersfield

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Alexander John Bridger

Enterprise Activities

  • Organiser and participant in the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, Heritage Quays, University of Huddersfield, 9-10th September 2016. Blog at: http://4wcop.org and live-streamed by John Popham at: http://johnpophamlive.tumblr.com
  • Organiser and participant for public event - Class Wargames presents Guy Debord’s Game of War, Centre for Applied Psychology Research, University of Huddersfield, 13th May 2015.
  • Emmanouil, S. and Bridger, A.J. (2014) ‘trace.space’ Exhibition at the Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, 13th March to 31st April 2014.
  • Emmanuil, S. and Bridger, A.J. trace (instructions for mapping space) Psychogeography community workshops with users of the HOOT mental health service Oct-Dec 2013.
  • As part of the Territories Reimagined International Perspectives Conference and Festival, we collaborated with companies such as the Green Room and Urbis in Manchester in relation to curating exhibitions, lectures and evening reception events (19-22 June 2008).
  • 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.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Acting Outreach Officer for Psychology and Counselling (April 2016-Nov 2016)
  • Sustainability Officer for the School of Human and Health Sciences (March 2015 - present)
  • Psychology and Counselling Divisional Exams and Assessment Officer (2011 - present)
  • Module Leader in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Social Psychology (2006 - present)
  • Module Leader in Contemporary Ideas in Psychology (2009 - present)
  • Moderator for modules including:
    • Introduction to Personality and Social Psychology
    • Perspectives in Psychology and Counselling
  • Personal tutor organiser for first and second year Psychology students (2009 - present)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Teaching responsibilities have included/currently include:

  • Alternative Psychologies
  • Contemporary Ideas in Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Controversies and Debates in Psychology
  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Social Psychologies
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Personality, Concepts and History
  • Psychology, Culture and Identity
  • Qualitative Psychological Research and Data Analysis
  • Research Methods for Counselling Studies
  • Social Psychology (undergraduate and postgraduate level)
  • Personal tutor (year 1-3 undergraduate level and at postgraduate level)
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Project Supervision
  • Internal examination of MRes theses

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