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Professor Brendan Gough

Professor Brendan Gough
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Professor Brendan Gough


School of Social Sciences

0113 81 23934 Curriculum Vitae

About Professor Brendan Gough

Professor Gough is a critical Social Psychologist and qualitative researcher interested in men and masculinities. Now based at Leeds Beckett University, he has published many papers on gender identities and relations, mostly in the context of health, lifestyles and well being. Professor Gough is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Qualitative Research in Psychology; he edits the Critical Psychology section of the journal Social & Personality Psychology Compass, and is associate editor for the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

He has co-authored/edited three books in the areas of critical social psychology (with McFadden, McDonald), reflexivity in qualitative research (with Finlay), and men's health (with Robertson). Recently he has put together a five-volume major work on qualitative research in psychology (Sage), has co-edited a book on chemically modified bodies (substance use for appearance purposes; with Hall, Grogan), and is currently preparing a new handbook of critical social psychology (Palgrave) as editor. Current projects include men’s experiences of infertility, men’s accounts of mental health issues, and men’s grooming and appearance-related practices.

Current Teaching

Brendan teaches qualitative research methods to MSc Psychology students and supervises student projects at BSc and MSc level.

Research Interests

Recent projects:

  • Male mental health: working with colleagues from the Centre for Men's Health on a Movember-funded project (led by Prof Steve Robertson examining best practice for male mental health provision in the UK;
  • Male grooming and body image: working with PhD students on issues concerning masculinity and appearance practices; have consulted for major brands;
  • Men's experiences of infertility: working with Dr Esmee Hanna (Centre for Men's Health) exploring men's accounts of infertility and their support needs.