Professor Erica Burman
Professor of Education
My first degree was in Developmental Psychology with Cognitive Studies, from Sussex University. I came to Manchester to take up an SSRC PhD linked award, graduating in 1990 with a thesis entitled ‘Time, Language and Power in Modern Developmental Psychology’.
From September 1986 to March 2013 I taught developmental psychology, educational psychology, psychology of childhood, counselling and psychotherapy, human development, and qualitative and discursive research methods at Manchester Metropolitan University , becoming Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies in 1998.
I am co-founder (with Ian Parker) of the Discourse Unit 'Trans institutional and transdisciplinary centre for the study of the reproduction and transformation of language and subjectivity' and co-convene the Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix, and the Manchester Feminist Theory Network.
- Trans institutional and transdisciplinary centre for the study of the reproduction and transformation of language and subjectivity - Discourse Unit website
- Critically evaluating the relations between different notions of development (child, human, social, national and international)
- Exploring how representations of childhood function culturally in policies and across a range of media and memorial practices
- Critical approaches to models of mental health and therapeutic provision
- Intersectionality of culture, gender, racialisation, class, age and disability as they function across sites of theory and practice
- Educational discourses within and beyond formal educational arenas
- Emotional dynamics of educational processes and organisations.
I have been involved in various action research projects, working in partnership with community and activist organisations around child welfare and educational issues, asylum and refugee issues, mental health and violence.
I work to support and generate politically engaged and analytical forms of qualitative inquiry, theoretically and methodologically.
- Disability, childhood and schooling: a participatory action research study
- Gender and empowerment: community activism and participatory research
- Effects of introducing a minimum age of consent to marriage in Saudi Arabia as a deterrent to forced marriage
- Reconsidering the place of democracy in education: an ethnographic study
- Accounting for obsessive compulsive disorder
- Pre-trial therapy for child sexual abuse investigations: Foucauldian analysis
- Mindfulness and emotional labour in cancer care
- How counselling psychologists evaluate the role of exercise in therapy
- Street-connected children in India - therapeutic possibilities
- Narratives of breast cancer
- ‘Coming out’: family and young people’s stories and therapeutic implications
- Syrian refugees: coping strategies in relation to displacement and political viole