Dr Bridgette Rickett, Head of Subject

Dr Bridgette Rickett

Head of Subject

Bridgette is Head of Psychology in the Leeds School of Social Sciences here at Leeds Beckett and the current Chair of Athena Swan Self Assessment Sub-Panel for the School.

Bridgette has also been the Chair of the Psychology of Women Section (British Psychology Society), is currently a committee member of the Association of Heads of Psychology and is leading the British Psychology Society position paper on the psychological evidence for in inclusion of social class/inequities as a protected characteristic in a revised UK Equality Act.

After studying and working as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield, Bridgette moved to Leeds Beckett University as a senior lecturer, and is now currently Head of our large nationally and internationally recognised Psychology team.

Bridgette leads a number of research projects including 'Social Class, Gender and Belonging in UK HE' and ' Healthcare Experiences and accounts of gender diverse children and young people in the UK'.

In addition, she is leading a UK national team of 'Psychology of Social Class' researchers and practitioners to: centre social class and social (in)equalities within psychology; create an evidence base for policy and practice and disseminate evidence though funded seminars, position papers and academic journal output.

Current Teaching

Bridgette is an academic advisor and also delivers teaching in:

  • Introducing Social and Developmental Psychology (L4)
  • Social Psychology (L5)
  • Critical and Philosophical issues in Psychology (L6)
  • Research Methods and Analysis (L7)
  • Final year Project (L6)
  • Dissertation (L7)

Bridgette also supervises a number of PhD students including;

  • 2020 – Present: Director of Studies for PhD. Emma Dickens – ‘Gendering and Classing the Imagining of Belonging in UK Higher Education’
  • 2019 - Present: Director of Studies for PhD. Oluwatoyin Bewaji – ‘Classed Femininities of Black Women: Health, Subjectivities and Agency in Body reshaping and Body Management Practices’

Bridgette's research, teaching and assessment expertise has led to multiple roles as external examiner and external expert to a number of national and international PhD student examinations and Psychology teaching provision.

 

Research Interests

Bridgette's research expertise is in the Critical social psychological and feminist explanations of organisational, social and health (in)equalities.
In this research, Bridgette uses innovative and diverse qualitative analytic methods to:

  • Examine the way culturally situated understandings and discourses shape how we see ourselves and others
  • Theorise how these processes invite and justify treatment towards social groups according to social class, gender, and LGBT+ status
  • Develop theory and methods to help us explain how social class, gender, and LGBT+ status intersect
  • Develop implications for policy and practice to improve health and organisationally situated equalities

Bridgette’s research expertise has led to her being reviews and co-editor of multiple Journals, including co-editor. of Psychology of Sexuality. See latest publications:

Dr Bridgette Rickett, Head of Subject

Selected Outputs

  • Day K; Rickett B; Woolhouse M (2020) Critical Social Psychology of Social Class. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Rickett B (2020) The Working-Class as ‘Other’. In: Rickett B; Day K; Woolhouse M ed. Critical Social Psychology of Social Class.. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 33-66.

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  • Rickett B (2020) Classed Identities: Submergence, Authenticity and Resistance. In: Rickett B; Day K; Woolhouse M ed. Critical Social Psychology of Social Class. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 137-137.

  • Day K; Rickett B; Woolhouse M (2017) Towards a Critical Social Psychology of Social Class. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 469-489.

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  • Rickett B; Woolhouse M (2015) Class. In: Richards C; Barker MJ ed. The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. Palgrave Macmillan,

  • Rickett B; Woolhouse M (2015) Class. In: The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. pp. 391-407.

  • Rickett B (2014) ‘Girly-girls’, ‘professional women’ and ‘hard women’. Negotiating and resisting hegemonic femininities in non-traditional work space. In: McKenzie-Mohr S; Lafrance ML ed. Women Voicing Resistance Discursive and narrative explorations. East Sussex: Routledge, pp. 159-172.

  • RICKETT B (2012) Working without sacrifice: Discourse, femininity and occupational risk. In: HORROCKS C; JOHNSON S ed. Advances in Health Psychology: Critical Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan,

  • RICKETT B; MASON A (In press) "This job is not a 'girly' job": an analysis of accepted and rejected gender identities in the construction of the competent police woman. In: Gender, Work and Organisation.

  • Drakett J; Rickett B; Day K; Milnes K (2018) Gatekeepers and barriers to STEM: A feminist relational discourse analysis. In: British Psychological Society Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Annual Conference, 11 July 2018 - 13 July 2018, Windsor, UK.

  • Drakett J; Rickett B; Day K; Milnes K (2017) “You should take the best people” - Exploring the Discourse of Meritocracy in Technology. In: British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor, UK.

  • Drakett J; Rickett B; Day K; Milnes K (2016) "As long as you can do the job, they don't give a shit" : Dissolving Gender in Technology. In: British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor, UK.

  • Drakett J; Rickett B; Day K; Milnes K (2015) “The Only Girl" - Being a Woman in IT. In: British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor, UK.

  • thompson L; rickett B; day K (2014) I should be a mum before I'm a police officer. But I'm obviously not’ – Negotiating and resisting feminine working identities within the confines of post-feminism. In: Psychology of Women's Section, British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 9 July 2014 - 11 July 2014, Windsor, U.K.

  • Woolhouse M; Day K; Rickett B (2014) Girly girls’, ‘posh girls’ and ‘right bad tomboys’: Negotiating constructions of classed femininities through talk around food, eating and body management practices. In: Psychology of Women's Section, British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 9 July 2014 - 11 July 2014, Windsor, U.K.

  • Rickett B; Drakett J; day K (2014) One Does Not Simply Sample The Internet: On Coding The Race of Pokémon and Other First World Problems. A Thematic Analysis of Popular Internet Memes. In: BPS Psychology of Women’s Section Conference, 9 July 2014 - 11 July 2014, Windsor, U.K.

  • Rickett B; Kemp L (2014) Expatriate women leaders in the UAE: A phenomenological study on the experience of womanhood. In: Psychology of Women's Section, British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 9 July 2014 - 11 July 2014, Windsor, U.K.

  • Cross RM; Milnes K; Rickett B; Fylan F (2012) Risk-Taking as Salutogenic: Young Women and Health. In: International Conference on Challenges for health and healthcafre in Europe, 1 November 2012 - 2 November 2012, Aalborg University, Denmark.

  • Cross RM; Milnes K; Rickett B; Fylan F (2012) Q Methodology: Challenges and Reflections. In: Leeds Metropolitan University Post-Graduate Conference, Leeds.

  • Rickett B; Robertson S; Monaghan L (2012) “You don’t go into this job with fingernails to break or the model looks to mess up”. The (de)valuing of embodied femininities in door supervision work. In: BPS Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor.

  • WOOLHOUSE M; DAY K; RICKETT B (2011) “I couldn’t imagine a really pretty lady stuffing her face”: Mothers’ and daughters’ gendered and classed constructions of food and eating. In: British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, 13 July 2011 - 15 July 2011, Windsor, UK.

  • THOMPSON LO; RICKETT B; DAY K (2011) Big enough for the both of us? Reconciling experience and discourse in a poststructuralist research setting. In: British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, 13 July 2011 - 15 July 2011, Windsor, UK.

  • Rickett B; Cross R; Fylan F; Milnes K (2011) Exploring young women’s accounts of health and risk – implications for policy and practice. In: FUSE Knowledge Exchange Conference, 11 April 2011 - 12 April 2011, Durham, UK.

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  • RICKETT B; STANTON ROGERS W (2011) “I don’t have to tell you, you know what happens”. The discourse of silence around sexual harassment in police work. In: International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, 18 April 2011 - 20 April 2011, Adelaide, Australia.

  • CROSS R; MILNES K; RICKETT B (2011) Young women, health and risk: A Q methodological study. In: BPS Psychology of Women’s Section Conference, 13 July 2011 - 15 July 2011, Windsor, UK.

  • Rickett B; Cross R; Milnes K; Fylan F (2010) Risking a Stigmatised Identity: A discourse analysis of young women’s talk about health and risk. In: QMiP Conference: A Change of Tongue, 23 August 2010 - 25 August 2010, Nottingham, UK.

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  • Rickett B; Cross R; Fylan F; Milnes K (2010) Taking a risk is feeling free’: Risk and embodiment in young women’s accounts of health. In: Psychology of Women Section, British Psychological Society, 1 January 2010, Windsor, UK.

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  • Rickett B (2010) Danger! Women at Work. In: International Society of Critical Health Psychology Society Hue, Open University, UK.

  • DAY K; RICKETT B (2009) Resistance and agency in discourse around women's health. In: International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • RICKETT B; DAY K (2009) Femininity, governance and resistance: Implications for women's health and safety. In: International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Rickett B; Woolhouse M; Day K (2009) ‘Pink, ‘posh’, slim and blonde: Young women negotiating discursive constructions of hetero-normative femininity’. In: International Society for Critical Health Psychology Biennial Conference, Lousanne, Switzerland.

  • CROSS R; RICKETT B; FYLAN F; MILNES K (2009) Young women's concepts of health and risk. In: 3rd Annual Graduate Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, 8 October 2009 - 9 October 2009, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK.

  • Rickett B (2008) Living research: reflections on researching physical risk faced by women at work. In: International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Sheffield.

  • RICKETT B; MASON A (2008) "This job is not a 'girly' job": an analysis of accepted and rejected gender identities in the construction of the competent police woman. In: Psychology of Women's Section, British Psychology Society Annual Conference, Windsor, UK.

  • Rickett B (2010) Book Review: Elizabeth Kelan: Performing Gender at Work. New York: Palgrave, 2009, 264pp. £60.00 ISBN 9780230577817 (hbk).

  • Rickett B (2009) Female Coppers as one of the boys.