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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • stephanie.taylor

Research interests

My research employs a narrative-discursive approach to explore identification and a complex gendered subject, following theoretical and methodological work in narrative and discursive psychology. I have conducted research projects on identities of relationship to place, including national identities, and contemporary creative work and creative identities. I am currently developing a new project on the changing meanings of work. I recently led the stream 'Reconceptualising Work' at the WORK2015 in Turku, Finland and am now co-editing a collection from the stream, The 'new normal' of working lives: critical studies in contemporary work and employment) with Susan Luckman, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the COST Dynamics of Virtual Work series.

I was lead editor of the 2015 special issue Researching the Psychosocial in Qualitative Research in Psychology and co-editor (with Bridget Conor and Rosalind Gill) of the special issue and new Sociological Review Monographs collection Gender and Creative Labour. Other recent books are What is Discourse Analysis? (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Creative Industries, with Mark Banks and Rosalind Gill (Routledge, 2013).

My 2012 co-authored monograph Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work (with Karen Littleton) was developed from three research projects on which I was PI, including a project for the National Arts Learning Network. The book explores the meanings, aspirations and practical difficulties associated with a creative identification. It investigates the attractions and conflicts of creative work as a personalized, affect-laden project of self-making, perpetually open and oriented to possibility, uncertain in its trajectory or rewards. I also discuss my research on creativity in my August 2014 article in The Psychologist.

My book Narratives of Identity and Place (Routledge, 2010) explores the importance of place-related identities in affluent contemporary societies, like the UK, in which it is usual for people to change residence and break the connections of birth, family and childhood which conventionally provided a link between place and identity. In particular, I look at the difficulties of constructing a plausible narrative of personal history and continuity which can provide a connection to place. I suggest that this ‘identity work’ is problematic for women because conventional narratives of origins and nativeness are strongly gendered, including through traditional and idealized notions of family.

I have presented my innovative work on research methods and conducted methodology workshops in Turkey, Switzerland, Finland, Ireland (2012, 2014) and the UK, including at the ESRC Research Methods festival in Oxford (2011, 2012) http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/video/stats.php http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/video/stats.php.

I am co-director of the Psychosocial programme in the CCIG Research Centre and a member of the Social Psychology Research Group. I am an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.

Selected presentations

September 2016 A contemporary worker subject and worker citizen as leader and organiser of symposium 'Towards a social psychology of contemporary citizenship', British Psychological Society Social Section Conference, Cardiff University.

November 2015 Plenary 'Advancing discursive research', Methods on the Move: Advanced Postgraduate Research Methods School, The Open University, co-organised by Social Sciences Research Degrees and the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance.

October 2015 Keynote 'A matter of talent, collaboration, or context? How psychologists understand creativity' CreativeConf, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 24/10/15, organised by Cambridge Creatives.

June 2015 Co-organiser and presenter, Contemporary Life Practices:  Risks, Moralities and Psychosocial Research workshop, OU Camden, funded by School of Social Sciences and the Understanding Risk Group, Cardiff University, and the Psychosocial Programme, CCIG, The Open University.

June 2015 ‘Analysing an encounter: The limits of interpretation’ at All Eyes on Method Research Workshop, Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Basel, Switzerland 4th-5th June, 2015.

May 2015 ‘Avoiding Trouble? A Narrative-Discursive Approach to Sexism and Women’s Identity Work’, Deconstructing Sexism, Language, Gender and Sexuality Special Interest Group Annual Event, British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), City University, London.

June 2014 ‘Solitary, selfish and probably male: Lived constraints on a creative identification’ in the symposium ‘Professional, networked, authentic and yet still excluded? The persistence of gender inequalities in creative occupations’, Gender, Work and Organisation conference, Keele University.

Selected research publications

S. Taylor (2017 in press) 'Psychosocial research' in Gough, B. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 978-1-137-51017-4

S.Taylor (2015) Conceptualising creativity http://www.intelligenthq.com/resources/conceptualising-creativity/

S.Taylor (2015) ‘Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject’, Qualitative Research in Psychology 12(1)

S.Taylor (2015) ‘A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy’ The Sociological Review 63: SI (174-187)

B.Conor, R.Gill and S.Taylor (2015) ‘Gender and Creative Labour’ The Sociological Review 63: SI (1-22)

S.Taylor (2015) ‘Identity construction’ in K.Tracy (ed) International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction Wiley-Blackwell The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction  ISBN 978-1-118-61110-4

S. Taylor (2011), ‘Negotiating oppositions and uncertainties: gendered conflicts in creative identity work’, Feminism & Psychology 21(3): 354-371.

S.Taylor and K.Littleton (2006) ‘Biographies in talk: A narrative-discursive research approach’ Qualitative Sociology Review Vol II Issue http://www.qualitativesociologyreview.org/ENG/Volume3/QSR_2_1_Taylor_Littleton

Selected teaching publications

S. Taylor (2014) 'Identities' in J.Clarke and K.Woodward Understanding Social Lives 2 Milton Keynes The Open University ISBN 978 178 00 7853 3

S.Taylor (2013) What is discourse analysis? London: Bloomsbury Academic  ISBN: 978-1780938493/ 978-1849669030

S.Taylor (2006) ‘Critical Readings in Social Psychology: An introduction’ and ‘Attitudes’ in D.Langdridge and S.Taylor (eds) Critical Readings in Social Psychology Open University Press.

S.Taylor (ed) Ethnographic Research: A Reader, London, Sage and The Open University.

S. Taylor (2001) 'Conducting Discourse Analytic Research' and 'Evaluating and Applying Discourse Analytic Research' in M.Wetherell, S.Taylor and S.Yates Discourse as Data: A Guide for Analysis, London, Sage and The Open University.

M.Wetherell, S.Taylor and S.Yates (2001) Discourse Theory and Practice, London, Sage and The Open University.

Teaching interests

Teaching

I am currently co-chairing the production of a new Level 3 module Advancing Social Psychology (DD317). My other work on the new psychology programme includes contributions to Living Psychology (DD210), Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200) and Investigating Psychology 3 (DE300). I also wrote the chapter on Identities for the Level 1 module Understanding Social Lives (DD102). My previous OU teaching includes contributions to psychology, social sciences and research methods module presentation and production including: Qualitative Research (Module B1) on the full-time inter-faculty Research Masters programme; Introducing the Social Sciences (DD101/DD131/DD132); Social psychology (DD307) and the postgraduate modules Ethnography (D844), for which I authored the materials, and Discourse Analysis (D843), for which I co-edited the textbooks.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Social Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy (2015-05-26)
Taylor, Stephanie
The Sociological Review(Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 174-187)
Gender and Creative Labour: Introduction (2015-05-26)
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
The Sociological Review(Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 1-22)
Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject (2015)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) (pp. 8-21)
Researching the Psychosocial: An Introduction (2015)
Taylor, Stephanie and McAvoy, Jean
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) (pp. 1-7)
A response to Martyn Hammersley ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse research’ (2014-10)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research, 14(5) (pp. 542-548)
Creative Britain (2014-08)
Taylor, Stephanie
The Psychologist, 27(8) (pp. 590-593)
‘Rogue’ Social Workers: The Problem with Rules for Ethical Behaviour (2014)
Weinberg , Merlinda and Taylor, Stephanie
Critical Social Work, 15(1) (pp. 74-86)
The meanings and problems of contemporary creative work (2012)
Taylor, Stephanie
Vocations and Learning: Studies in Vocational and Professional Education, 5(1) (pp. 41-57)
Special issue introduction: Creativity and creative work in contemporary working contexts (2012)
Littleton, Karen; Taylor, Stephanie and Eteläpelto, Anneli
Vocations and Learning, 5(1) (pp. 1-4)
'One participant said…’: The implications of quotations from biographical talk (2012)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research, 12(4) (pp. 388-401)
One participant said...': the implications of quotations from biographical talk (2012)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research, 12(4) (pp. 388-401)
Negotiating oppositions and uncertainties: Gendered conflicts in creative identity work (2011-08)
Taylor, Stephanie
Feminism & Psychology, 21(3) (pp. 354-371)
Book review: Angela McRobbie The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change (2010)
Taylor, Stephanie
Feminism & Psychology, 20(4) (pp. 564-567)
Art work or money: Conflicts in the construction of a creative identity (2008-05)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
Sociological Review, 56(2) (pp. 275-292)
Choice and chance: negotiating agency in narratives of singleness (2007)
Reynolds, Jill; Wetherell, Margie and Taylor, Stephanie
Sociological Review, 55(2) (pp. 331-351)
Biographies in talk: a narrative-discursive research approach (2006-04)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
Qualitative Sociology Review, 2(1) (pp. 22-38)
Narrative as construction and discursive resource (2006)
Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 16(1) (pp. 94-102)
Identity Trouble and Opportunity in Women’s Narratives of Residence (2005-12)
Taylor, Stephanie
Auto/Biography, 13(3) (pp. 249-265)
Self-narration as rehearsal: A discursive approach to the narrative formation of identity (2005)
Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 15(1) (pp. 45-50)
Narrating singleness: life stories and deficit identities (2005)
Reynolds, Jill and Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 15(2) (pp. 197-215)
A place for the future?: Residence and continuity in women’s narratives of their lives (2003-04)
Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 13(1) (pp. 193-215)
Places I remember: Women's talk about residence and other relationships to place (2001)
Taylor, Stephanie
Auto/Biography, 9(1-2) (pp. 33-40)
Rewriting the past: some factors affecting the variability of personal memories (2000-09)
Anderson, Stephen J.; Cohen, Gillian and Taylor, Stephanie
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 14(5) (pp. 435-454)
A suitable time and place: Speakers' use of 'time' to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life (1999-03)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
Time and Society, 8(1) (pp. 39-58)
Reminiscence and ageing (1998-09)
Cohen, Gillian and Taylor, Stephanie
Ageing and Society, 18(5) (pp. 601-610)
Doing national construction work: discourses of national identity (1995)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
Sites: A Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies, 30(Autumn) (pp. 69-84)
What is Discourse Analysis? (2013-06-20)
Taylor, Stephanie
'What is?' Research Methods Series
ISBN : 978-1-78093-849-3 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
Contemporary identities of creativity and creative work (2012-08-01)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
ISBN : 978-1-409426677 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, Surrey
Narratives of identity and place (2010-10)
Taylor, Stephanie
ISBN : 978-0-415-48047-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Creative Careers and Non-traditional Trajectories (2008-06)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
ISBN : 978-0-9559473-1-5 | Publisher : National Arts Learning Network | Published : London, UK
Psychosocial research (2017)
Taylor, Stephanie J. A.
In: Gough, Brendan ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology ((In Press))
ISBN : 978-1-137-51017-4 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Fact and evaluation in racist discourse revisited (2016)
Dixon, John and Taylor, Stephanie
In: Tileagă, Cristian and Stokoe, Elizabeth eds. Discursive Psychology: Classic and contemporary issues. Explorations in Social Psychology (pp. 271-288)
ISBN : 978-0-415-72160-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Gender and Creative Labour: Introduction (2015-05-26)
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
In: Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Gender and Creative Labour. Sociological Review Monograph Series (Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 1-22)
ISBN : 978-1-119-06239-4 | Publisher : Wiley
A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy (2015-04)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Gender and Creative Labour. Sociological Review Monograph Series (Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 174-187)
ISBN : 978-1-119-06239-4 | Publisher : Wiley
Identity Construction (2015)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Tracy, Karen ed. International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction . Wiley-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication (pp. 1-9)
ISBN : 978-1-118-61110-4 | Publisher : John Wiley & Sons, Inc | Published : Hoboken New Jersey
Discourse analysis (2014)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 449-457)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
Discursive psychology (2014)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 463-467)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
Place (2014)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 1408-1410)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
The lived experience of a contemporary creative identification (2013-11-29)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Chan, Janet and Thomas, Kerry eds. Handbook of Research on Creativity (pp. 175-184)
ISBN : 978-0-85793-980-7 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd | Published : Cheltenham
Negotiating a contemporary creative identity (2013-09-20)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton , Karen
In: Ashton, Daniel and Noonan, Caitriona eds. Cultural Work and Higher Education (pp. 154-171)
ISBN : 9781137013934 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Introduction: Cultural work, time and trajectory (2013)
Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
In: Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries. CRESC (pp. 1-16)
ISBN : 978-0-415-50233-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Identity (2013)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 933-936)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
New creative careers: the problems of progression and uncertainty (2011-01)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
In: Shaw, Jenny; Wise, Jan and Rout, Amelia eds. Research in the Lifelong Learning Networks (pp. 52-57)
Publisher : Lifelong Learning Networks National Forum | Published : York
Creative careers and non-traditional trajectories (2011)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
In: Bhagat, Dipti and O'Neill, Peter eds. Inclusive Practices, Inclusive Pedagogies: Learning from Widening Participation Research in Art and Design Higher Education (pp. 266-271)
ISBN : 978-0-9559473-4-6 | Publisher : CHEAD/UKADIA | Published : London
'A suitable time and place: speakers' use of 'time' to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life (2009)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
In: Harrison, Barbara ed. Life Story Research. SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods
ISBN : 9781412935883 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
A suitable time and place: speakers’ use of ‘time’ to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life (2008)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
In: Harrison, Barbara ed. Life Story Research. Sage Benchmarks in Research Methods Series
ISBN : 978-1412935883 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Narrative as construction and discursive resource (2007)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Bamberg, Michael ed. Narrative – State of the Art. Benjamins Current Topics 6 (pp. 113-122)
ISBN : 978 90 272 2236 7 | Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company | Published : Amsterdam
Identity trouble and place of residence in women's life narratives (2005)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Kelly, N.; Robinson, D.; Horrocks, C. and Roberts, B. eds. Narrative, Memory and Everyday Life (pp. 97-106)
ISBN : 1 86218 075 X | Publisher : University of Huddersfield | Published : Huddersfield
Researching the social: an introduction to ethnographic research (2002)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Taylor, Stephanie ed. Ethnographic Research: A Reader (pp. 1-12)
ISBN : 761973923 | Publisher : SAGE Publications | Published : London
Locating and conducting discourse analytic research (2001)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor, Stephanie and Yates, Simeon J. eds. Discourse as Data: A Guide for Analysis (pp. 5-48)
ISBN : 761971572 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd. | Published : London
Evaluating and applying discourse analytic research (2001)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor , Stephanie and Yates, Simeon J. eds. Discourse as Data: A Guide for Analysis (pp. 311-330)
ISBN : 0 7619 7157 2 | Publisher : Sage and The Open University | Published : London
Gender and Creative Labour: Introduction (2015-06)
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds.
Sociological Review Monograph Series
ISBN : 978-1-119-06239-4 | Publisher : Wiley
Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries (2013)
Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds.
CRESC
ISBN : 978-0-415-50233-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Discourse as Data: A Guide to Analysis (2001)
Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor, Stephanie and Yates, Simeon eds.
ISBN : 9780761971573 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, U.K.
Discourse Theory and Practice: A Reader (2001)
Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor, Stephanie and Yates, Simeon J. eds.
ISBN : 9780761971559 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London
Mentoring and creative careers (2008)
Littleton, K. and Taylor, S.
In : EARLI-SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development Conference (August 2008, Jyvaskyla, Finland)
Looking ahead: time, money, relatedness and the shape of a creative life (2007)
Taylor, S. and Littleton, K.
In : 3rd Tampere Conference on Narrative (Jun 2007, Tampere, Finland)
Eccentric artists: An analysis of the identity work of women novices (2006)
Taylor, S. and Littleton, K.
In : 6th Annual Narrative Conference (Apr 2006, University of Huddersfield)
'Trouble' in art and design students' creative identity work (2006)
Littleton, K. and Taylor, S.
In : EARLI-SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development Conference (Oct 2006, Heerlen, The Nethelands)
Constructions of national identity and the nation: the case of New Zealand/Aotearoa (1997)
Taylor, Stephanie Joyce Ann
PhD thesis The Open University