• Who am I?

    Why do I teach?

    I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology which encompass community psychology or qualitative methods.  

    How I’ll teach you

    I like to involve dialogue and participation in the classroom setting.  We are all learners and have something to bring to the table.  

  • Teaching & Research Supervision

    Undergraduate courses

    I contribute to units on the undergraduate programmes, such as:

    • Community Psychology
    • Culture, self, Community and Society
    • Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Qualitative methods

    Postgraduate teaching

    I contribute to units on the postgraduate programmes, such as:

    • Community Psychology
    • Culture, self, Community and Society
    • Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Qualitative methods

    Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)

    I have supervised over 40 Masters students to completion and 15 PhD students. She is currently supervising in areas such as community networks, creative fiction, arts and health and critical disability studies.

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    I am a Reader in Community Practice working across the Psychology department and the Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC). Recently, I led the Social Work Social Policy UoA submission for the REF 2014.

    My research interests are in the areas of community psychology, disability and feminism. I have undertaken research projects which take experiences of marginalisation seriously and works in participatory ways with others to achieve social change. I am interested in qualitative, creative and collaborative methods and have published in this area. I direct the Social Change Centre within RIHSC and am a member of Critical Disability Studies, collaborating with colleagues across recent projects such as:

    • Resilience and disability across the life course
    • Exploring participation in community based arts and health
    • Chinese migrant worker experiences of forced labour
    • Publications

      • Books (authored/edited/special issues)

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2013). The disavowal of uncanny disabled children: Why non-disabled people are so messed up around childhood disability.

        P. Banister (2011). Qualitative Methods in Psychology. McGraw-Hill International.

        C. Kagan, M. Burton, P. Duckett, R. Lawthom, A. Siddiquee (2011). Critical Community Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2005). Disability and Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan.

        D. Goodley (2004). Researching Life Stories. Psychology Press.

        P. Clough, D. Goodley, R. Lawthom, M. Moore (2004). Researching life stories: Method, theory and analyses in a biographical age.

      • Refereed journal articles

        R. Lawthom, C. Kagan, M. Burton, S. Lo, L. Mok, et al. S. Sham, S. Baines, M. Greenwood. (2017). Partnership working as liberation psychology: Forced labor among UK Chinese migrant workers. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 45(1), pp.7-18.

        R. Swindells, R. Lawthom, C. Parkinson, O. Clennon, C. Kagan, et al. C. De Bézenac. (2016). ‘I’m not a therapist you know... I’m an artist’: Facilitating well-being and basic psychological needs satisfaction through community arts participation. Journal of Applied Arts & Health. 7(3), pp.347-367.

        K. Runswick-Cole, R. Lawthom, D. Goodley (2016). The trouble with ‘hard working families’. Community, Work and Family. 19(2), pp.257-260.

        AJ. Bridger, S. Emmanouil, R. Lawthom Trace.space: a psychogeographical community project with members of an arts and health organisation. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 14(1), pp.1-17.

        R. Lawthom, C. Kagan (2016). Feminist composite narratives of Chinese women: the interrelation of work, family and community in forced labour situations. Community, Work and Family. 19(2), pp.181-192.

        OD. Clennon, C. Kagan, R. Lawthom, R. Swindells (2016). Participation in community arts: Lessons from the inner-city. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 20(3), pp.331-346.

        A. Siddiquee, J. Sixsmith, R. Lawthom, J. Haworth (2016). Paid work, life-work and leisure: a study of wellbeing in the context of academic lives in higher education. Leisure Studies. 35(1), pp.36-45.

        J. Fisher, R. Lawthom, C. Kagan (2016). Delivering on the Big Society? Tensions in hosting community organisers. Local Economy. 31(4), pp.502-517.

        ML. Fang, J. Sixsmith, R. Lawthom, I. Mountian, A. Shahrin (2015). Experiencing 'pathologized presence and normalized absence'; Understanding health related experiences and access to health care among Iraqi and Somali asylum seekers, refugees and persons without legal status Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health. 15(1),

        AR. Crossley, R. Lawthom (2015). Dialogical Demand: Discursive Position Repertoires for a Local and Global UK Sex Industry. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 45(2), pp.261-286.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom, K. Runswick-Cole (2014). Dis/ability and austerity: beyond work and slow death. Disability and Society. 29(6), pp.980-984.

        R. Lawthom, C. Kagan, S. Baines, S. Lo, S. Sham, et al. L. Mok, M. Greenwood, S. Gaule. (2013). Experiences of forced labour amongst Chinese migrant workers: Exploring the context of vulnerability and protection. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion. 5(3), pp.261-280.

        P. Duckett, D. Fryer, R. Lawthom, B. Nic Giolla Easpaig, H. Radermacher (2013). The good, the bad and the ugly: searching for critical research in psychology. Qualitative Research Journal. 13(2), pp.145-153.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2013). Hardt and Negri and the Geo-Political Imagination: Empire, Multitude and Critical Disability Studies. Critical Sociology. 39(3), pp.369-384.

        I. Jones, J. Marshall, R. Lawthom, J. Read (2013). Involving people with communication disability in research in Uganda: A response to the World Report on Disability. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 15(1), pp.75-78.

        R. Swindells, R. Lawthom, K. Rowley, A. Siddiquee, A. Kilroy, et al. C. Kagan. (2013). Eudaimonic well-being and community arts participation. Perspect Public Health. 133(1), pp.60-65.

        I. Mountian, R. Lawthom, A. Kellock, K. Duggan, J. Sixsmith, et al. C. Kagan, J. Hawkins, J. Haworth, A. Siddiquee, C. Worley, D. Brown, J. Griffiths, C. Purcell. (2012). On utilising a visual methodology: Shared reflections and tensions. pp.346-360.

        R. Lawthom (2011). Developing learning communities: Using communities of practice within community psychology. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 15(1), pp.153-164.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2011). Disability, community and empire: Indigenous psychologies and social psychoanalytic possibilities. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 15(1), pp.101-115.

        P. Whelan, R. Lawthom (2009). Transdisciplinary learning: Exploring pedagogical links between feminisms and community psychology. Feminism and Psychology. 19(3), pp.414-418.

        VL. O'Donnell, J. Tobbell, R. Lawthom, M. Zammit (2009). Transition to postgraduate study: Practice, participation and the widening participation agenda. Active Learning in Higher Education. 10(1), pp.26-40.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2008). In defence of disability studies: A response to Forshaw (2007) 'In defence of psychology: A reply to Goodley and Lawthom (2005)'. Disability and Society. 23(2), pp.191-192.

        R. Lawthom, J. Sixsmith, C. Kagan (2007). Interrogating power: The case of arts and mental health in community projects. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 17(4), pp.268-279.

        R. Lawthom, D. Goodley (2005). Community psychology Towards an empowering vision of disability. Psychologist. 18(7), pp.423-425.

        MG. Patterson, MA. West, VJ. Shackleton, JF. Dawson, R. Lawthom, et al. S. Maitlis, DL. Robinson, AM. Wallace. (2005). Validating the organizational climate measure: Links to managerial practices, productivity and innovation. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 26(4), pp.379-408.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2005). Epistemological journeys in participatory action research: Alliances between community psychology and disability studies. Disability and Society. 20(2), pp.135-151.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2002). The social psychology of stigma. DISABILITY & SOCIETY. 17(2), pp.225-227.

        AL. Chappell, D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2001). Making connections: The relevance of the social model of disability for people with learning difficulties. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 29(2), pp.45-50.

        MA. West, H. Smith, WL. Feng, R. Lawthom (1998). Research excellence and departmental climate in British universities. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 71(3), pp.261-281.

        R. Lawthom (1997). What Can I Do? A Feminist Researcher in Non-Feminist Research. Feminism and Psychology. 7(4), pp.533-538.

      • Chapters in books

        OD. Clennon, C. Kagan, R. Lawthom, J. Fisher, J. Diamond, et al. K. Goldstraw. Sustainable Communities: University-Community Partnership Research on Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development. W. Leal. In: Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom.. Springer,

        CM. Kagan, R. Lawthom, O. Clennon, J. Fisher, J. Diamond, et al. K. Goldstraw. (2016). Sustainable Communities: University-Community Partnership Research on Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development. In: Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom Approaches, Methods and Projects. Springer,

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom, K. Liddiard, K. Runswick-Cole Towards a dishuman civil society. In: Disability and Citizenship: Critical perspectives on diversity and belonging.

        R. Lawthom, T. Chataika (2012). Lave and wenger, communities of practice and disability studies. In: Disability and Social Theory: New Developments and Directions. pp.233-251.

        A. Kellock, R. Lawthom, JA. Sixsmith, K. Duggan, L. Mountian, et al. JT. Haworth, CM. Kagan, DP. Brown, J. Griffiths, J. Hawkins, C. Worley, A. Siddiquee, CM. Purcell. (2011). Using Technology and the Experience Sampling Method to Understand Real Life. In: The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research. Oxford University Press, pp.542-562.

        I. Mountian, R. Lawthom, A. Kellock, JA. Sixsmith, K. Duggan, et al. JT. Haworth, CM. Kagan, DP. Brown, J. Griffiths, J. Hawkins, C. Worley, A. Siddiquee, CM. Purcell. (2009). Utilising a Visual Methodology: Shared Reflections and Tensions. In: Visual Psychologies: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research.

        D. Goodley, R. Lawthom (2009). Disability, deleuze and sex. In: Deleuze and Sex. pp.89-105.

        R. Lawthom, C. Stamford (2004). 'I'd never met a vegetarian, never mind a lesbian': Colleen's life story. In: Researching Life Stories: Method, Theory and Analyses in a Biographical Age. pp.15-25.

        P. Clough, D. Goodley, R. Lawthom, M. Moore (2004). Preface. pp.ix-x.

      • Conferences

        R. Lawthom, C. Kagan, RA. Swindells Community arts interventions: creativity, wellbeing and social change. Naples, 6/11/2013.

        R. Lawthom, K. Rowley, A. Siddiquee, C. Kagan, RA. Swindells Invest to Save: eudaimonic wellbeing and the participatory arts. Manchester Metropolitan University, 2/7/2012.