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Dr Victoria Clarke
Lecturer in Social Psychology
I am module leader of Critical Sexualities.
I also supervise BSc dissertations and PhD
theses on topics that are close to my areas of interest and expertise
(see below). Final year students interested in supervision should
contact me by e-mail toward the end of the second year.
I am currently
collaborating on a number of research and publication projects in LGBTQ
(University of Exeter), I am finishing work on a two-year ESRC funded
project on money management and financial decision making in same-sex
relationships. I am undertaking a small-scale project exploring the
experiences both of LGBT and straight people teaching in higher
education and of LGBT students in higher education. I have worked on a
number of projects with
University). We have edited two books on LGBTQ psychologies – Out
in Psychology (Wiley) and British LGB Psychologies
(Harrington Park Press). Along with colleagues
Riggs (University of Adelaide) and
Ellis (Sheffield Hallam University), we are currently writing a
textbook on LGBTQI Psychologies (Cambridge University Press). I
have also written a number of papers on the social construction of
lesbian and gay parenting.
V. (2000) Lesbian mothers: Sameness and difference. Feminism &
Psychology, 10(2), 273-278.
V. (2001) What about the children? Arguments against lesbian and gay
parenting. Women’s Studies International Forum, 24(5),
Clarke, V. (2001) What about the children? Arguments against lesbian and gay parenting. Women’s Studies International Forum, 24(5), 555-570.
Clarke, V. (2002)
Sameness and difference in research on lesbian parenting. Journal
Community & Applied Social Psychology, 12, 210-222.
Oxford: BPS Blackwell.
Clarke, V., Kitzinger,
C. and Potter, J. (2004). ‘Kids are just cruel anyway’: Lesbian and gay
parents talk about homophobic bullying. British Journal of Social
Psychology, 43(4): 531-550.
V. and Kitzinger, C. (2005) ‘We’re not living on planet lesbian’:
Constructions of male role models in debates about lesbian families. Sexualities,
V. (2005) ‘We’re all very liberal in our views’: Students’ talk about
lesbian and gay parenting. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review,
V. (2005) Feminist perspectives on lesbian parenting: A review of the
literature 1972-2002. Psychology of Women Section Review, 7(2),
V. (2006) ‘Gay men, gay men and more gay men’: Traditional, liberal and
critical perspectives on male role models in lesbian families. Lesbian
& Gay Psychology Review, 7(1), 19-35.
Clarke, V. and
Saffron, L. (2006) Challenging preconceptions of lesbian parenting:
Victoria Clarke in conversation with Lisa Saffron. Lesbian &
Gay Psychology Review, 7(1), 78-84.
V. and Peel, E. (2005) LGBT psychology and feminist psychology:
Bridging the divide. Psychology of Women Section Review, 7(2),
V. and Rúdólfsdóttir, A. G. (2005) Love conquers
all? An exploration of guidance books for family and friends of
gay men. Psychology of Women Section Review, 7(2),
and Broughton, J. (2005) Parents’ pride: Victoria Clarke in
conversation with Jenny Broughton. Lesbian & Gay Psychology
Review, 6(1), 56-60.
Clarke, V. and Peel, E.
press, Winter/Spring 2007) LGB psychosocial theory and practice in the
A review of key contributions and current developments. Journal of
& Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11(1/2).
Clarke, V. (Ed.), (2002) ‘The Lesbian Personality’: A reappraisal of June Hopkins’ milestone work. Special Issues, Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 3(2).
Finlay, S. J., Clarke, V. and Wilkinson, S. (Eds.), (2003) Special Issue on Marriage (I). Feminism & Psychology, 13(4).
Clarke, V. and Peel, E. (Eds.), (2004) The Social Construction of Lesbianism: A reappraisal. Special Feature, Feminism & Psychology, 14(4): 485-534.
Peel, E. and Clarke, V. (Eds.), (2005) Critiquing psychology: A reappraisal of The Social Construction of Lesbianism. Special Issue, Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6(2), 81-120.
Clarke, V. and Peel, E. (Eds.), (2005) Sexualities. Special Issue, Psychology of Women Section Review, 7(2).
Peel, E. and Clarke, V. (Eds.), (in press, Winter/Spring 2007) Psychosocial perspectives in UK LGBT psychological and psychotherapeutic theory, research and practice. Special Issue, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11(1/2).
Peel, E., Clarke, V. and Drescher, J. (Eds.), (in press, Winter/Spring 2007) British perspectives on LGB psychologies: Theory, research and practice. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press.
Clarke, V. and Peel, E. (Eds.) (in press, 2007) Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives. USA/UK/Australia: Wiley.
(2) Family and relationships
I conducted over 60 interviews with heterosexual couples about to marry for the first time for an Lord Chancellor’s Department funded project on first time marriage and marriage preparation (with Carole Burgoyne and Janet Reibstein, University of Exeter). I have also co-edited two special issues of the journal Feminism & Psychology exploring debates around marriage in heterosexual feminist and lesbian and gay politics. As noted above, I have conducted ESRC funded research on same-sex relationships and research on the social construction of lesbian and gay parenting. I have also recently been awarded a British Academy small research grant (with Elizabeth Peel) for a project on civil partnership.
V. (2003) Lesbian and gay marriage: Transformation or normalisation? Feminism
& Psychology, 13(4), 519-29.
Clarke, V. and
Finlay, S. J. (2004) Lesbian and gay marriage: Personal, political and
theoretical perspectives. Feminism & Psychology, 14(1),
Clarke, V., Burgoyne,
C. and Burns, M. (2005) For love or money? Comparing lesbian, gay and
heterosexual relationships. The Psychologist, 18(6): 356-8.
V., Burgoyne, C. and Burns, M. (2006) Just a piece of paper? A
exploration of same-sex couples’ multiple conceptions of civil
and marriage. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 7(2),
Clarke, V., Burgoyne, C. and Burns, M. (in press, 2007) Romance, Rights, Recognition, Responsibilities and Radicalism: Same-Sex Couples' Views on Civil Partnership and Marriage. In V. Clarke and E. Peel (Eds.), Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives. London: Wiley.
Clarke, V., Finlay, S. J., and Wilkinson, S. (Eds.), (2004) Special Issue on Marriage (II). Feminism & Psychology, 14(1).
(3) Sex research
Every year I supervise a number of undergraduate dissertation projects in the broader area of sex research (recent topics have included young heterosexual women’s experiences of masturbation, women’s accounts of sex in long term heterosexual relationships). I am also working on a project on sex in long term (same-sex and heterosexual) relationships with Virginia Braun (University of Auckland).
(4) Qualitative methods
I am primarily a qualitative researcher with interests in critical psychology, discursive psychology, social constructionism and thematic analysis. I have recently published a paper (with Virginia Braun) on using thematic analysis in psychology.
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