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Dr Meg Barker

Dr Meg Barker
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
MK7 6AA

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychology

Qualifications

I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Nottingham and an MA in psychotherapy from the University of Sheffield.

Professional affiliations

I am a registered psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy.

I co-organise the Critical Sexology group which presents open interdisciplinary seminars on sexuality three times a year.

I provide therapy training for a number of organisations, including Relate, the Wimbledon Guild, the Tavistock clinic, and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.

I co-edit the Taylor & Francis journal Psychology & Sexuality with Darren Langdridge and am on the editorial boards of Sexualities, Sexual & Relationship Therapy, Porn Studies, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology.

I wrote the popular psychology book on relationships, Rewriting the Rules, and my Rewriting the Rules blog associated with this project is available online.

I was a founding member of BiUK who produce The Bisexuality Report and guidelines for researchers and writers on bisexuality. We co-organised the national BiReCon event in 2008 and the international one in 2010: day conferences for bisexuality researchers, activists and organisations and groups who want to learn more about bisexual experience.

I co-organised the seminar series Pornified: Complicating the debates on the sexualisation of culture, am part of the Onscenity network and co-organise the Sense about Sex ESRC and Wellcome funded projects which produced The Sexualization Report.

My book on mindfulness for counsellors and therapists has recently been published. The associated website Social Mindfulness is already available online.

I am on the board of gender and sexuality talks: public events on these topics in London.

Course development and teaching

I am chair of Counselling: exploring fear and sadness (D240) (Level 2 Counselling) and on the team producing Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary (DD210) (Level 2 Psychology). I am also involved, more broadly, with the Foundation Degree in Counselling (X09) at The Open University. I was a critical reader for The science of the mind: investigating mental health (SDK228).

Research interests

My research focuses on identities and relationships. Particularly I am interested in social norms and rules around sexuality and gender and how these impact both those who try to meet them and those who transgress them. Most of my research has been conducted within sexual communities, focusing on bisexuality, BDSM, and open non-monogamy. I have used various qualitative methods (interviews, discussions, on-line questionnaires, analysis of web materials, and creative methods) to investigate the ways in which people in these communities negotiate their identities and relationships. I have also analysed the representations of such identities and relationships in mainstream media and in psychology textbooks.

I practice as a sexual and relationship therapist which enables me to work directly with people who are exploring sexuality and relationships in their own lives. I am interested in bringing together existential, Buddhist and social constructionist theories in my work and practice. I also conduct workshops and write for therapists who are working with sexual or gender minority clients.

I regularly contribute to the Open University Society Matters blog, as well as my own blogs on relationships and mindfulness.

On YouTube, you can watch my 90 second lecture on sex therapy, my introduction to bisexuality research in the UK, and my video on doing Valentine's Day differently. The Polyamory Project provides an audio clip of my lecture on non-monogamous relationships. There is an interview with me on the Bi Cities TV show.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Books

Barker, M., Gill, R., & Harvey, L. (forthcoming, 2015). Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture. London: Polity Press.

Richards, C. & Barker, M. (Eds.) (forthcoming, 2015). Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brotto, L. & Barker, M. (Eds.) (forthcoming, 2014). Mindfulness in Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis.

Barker, M. (2013). Mindful Counselling & Psychotherapy: Practising Mindfully Across Approaches and Issues. London: Sage.

Richards, C. & Barker, M. (Eds.) (2013). Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A practical guide. London: Sage.

Barker, M. (2013). Rewriting the Rules: An Integrative Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships. London: Routledge.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (Eds.) (2010). Understanding Non-Monogamies. New York: Routledge.

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (Eds.) (2010). Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage.

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (Eds.) (2007). Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. (2003). Introductory Psychology: History, Themes and Themes. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.

Chapters in edited books (since 2003)

Barker, M. & Richards, C. (forthcoming, 2015). ‘Non-binary gender’. In C. Richards & M. Barker (Eds.) Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Berry, M. & Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2015). ‘Sex therapy’. In C. Richards & M. Barker (Eds.) Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). ‘Mindfulness in sex therapy’. In Z. D. Peterson (Ed.) Handbook of Sex Therapy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). 'How social is your mindfulness? Towards a mindful sex and relationship therapy'. In M. Bazzano (Ed.) After Mindfulness.

Barker. M. (forthcoming, 2014). 'Sex therapy'. In M. Milton (Ed.) On Sexuality: Existential Themes on Psychotherapy, Sexuality and Related Experiences. London: PCCS Books.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). 'Open non-monogamies'. In M. Milton (Ed.) On Sexuality: Existential Themes on Psychotherapy, Sexuality and Related Experiences. London: PCCS Books.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). 'Doing a literature review'. in A. Vossler and N. Moller (Eds.) The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook. London: Sage.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). 'Three love letters to fictional characters'. In J. Heckert (Ed.) Revolutionary Love Letters. Minor Compositions.

Barker. M. (forthcoming, 2014). 'Doing Valentine's Day differently'. In S. Faulkner (Ed.) The Aesthetics of Relating: Creative Readings in Relational Communication. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2012). 'Intimacy and romantic relationships'. In C. Robinson (Ed.) The Compendium of Intimacy. Publisher tbc.

Barker, M., Heckert, J. & Wilkinson, E. (2013). 'Queering Polyamory: From One Love, to Many, and Back Again'. In T. Sanger and Y. Taylor (Eds.) Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects. pp.190-208. London: Routledge.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2013). 'Relationship Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans clients'. In S. Iacovou and E. Van Deurzen (Eds.) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy. pp.148-160. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2013). 'Sexuality and Embodiment in Relationships'. In S. Iacovou and E. Van Deurzen (Eds.) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy. pp.54-67. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M., Richards, C. & Bowes-Catton, H. (2012). Visualising experience: Using creative research methods with members of sexual communities. In C. Phellas (Ed.) Researching Non-Heterosexual Sexualities. pp.57–80. Farnham: Ashgate.

Bowes-Catton, H., Barker, M., & Richards, C. (2011). 'I didn't know that I could feel this relaxed in my body': Using visual methods to research bisexual people's embodied experiences of identity and space. In P. Reavey (Ed.) Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research. pp.255–270. London: Routledge.

Barker, M. (2010). 'Mindfulness'. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, (Eds.) Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy. pp.167–187. London: Sage.

Barker, M. (2010). 'Sociocultural issues'. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, (Eds.) Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy. pp.211–233. London: Sage.

Barkham, M. & Barker, M. (2010). 'Outcome research'. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, (Eds.) Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy. pp.281–305. London: Sage.

Langdridge, D., Barker, M. & Coper, M. (2010). 'The therapeutic relationship'. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, (Eds.) Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy. pp.259–279. London: Sage.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2009). 'Silencing accounts of already silenced sexualities'. In R. Ryan-Flood & R. Gill (Eds.) Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. pp.67–79. London: Routledge.

Barker, M. (2007). 'Heteronormativity and the exclusion of bisexuality in psychology'. In V. Clarke & E. Peel (Eds.), Out in Psychology: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer Perspectives. pp.86–118. Chichester, UK: Wiley.

Barker, M., Iantaffi, A & Gupta, C. (2007). 'Kinky clients, kinky counselling? The challenges and potentials of BDSM'. In L. Moon (Ed.) Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings: Counselling and Sexual Cultures. pp.106–124. London: Routledge.

Barker, M. Gupta, C. & Iantaffi A. (2007). 'The power of play: the potentials and pitfalls in healing narratives of BDSM'. In D. Langdridge and M. Barker (Eds.) Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. pp.197–216. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. (2007). 'Turning the world upside down: developing a tool for training about SM'. In D. Langdridge and M. Barker (Eds.) Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. pp.261–270. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. (2003). 'Satanic subcultures? A discourse analysis of the self-perceptions of young goths and pagans'. In T. Waddell (Ed.) Cultural Expressions of Evil and Wickedness: Wrath, Sex, and Crime. pp.37–57. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Published articles (since 2003)

Barker, M. & Rubin, G. (forthcoming, 2014). Thinking sex thirty years on: An interview with Gayle Rubin. Sexualities.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). Psychology and pornography: Some reflections. Porn Studies, 1.

Stanley, S., Edwards, V. & Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). Swimming against the stream: investigating psychosocial flows through mindful awareness. Qualitative Research in Psychology.

Berry, M. D. & Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). Extraordinary interventions for extraordinary clients: Existential sex therapy and open non-monogamy. Sexual & Relationship Therapy.

Richards, C., Barker, M., Lenihan, P. & Iantaffi, A. (forthcoming, 2014). Who watches the watchmen? A critical perspective on the theorization of trans people and clinicians, Feminism & Psychology.

Hagger, Johnson, G., Hegarty, P., Barker, M. & Richards, C. (forthcoming 2014). Public Engagement, Knowledge Transfer and Impact Validity. Journal of Social Issues.

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2014). Response: Towards a critically-informed mindful therapy. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Barker, M. (2013). Consent is a grey area? A comparison of understandings of consent in 50 Shades of Grey and on the BDSM blogosphere. Sexualities, 16(8), 896-914.

Barker, M. (2013). Gender and BDSM revisited: Reflections on a decade of researching kink communities. Psychology of Women Section Review, 15(2), 20-28.

Duschinsky, R. & Barker, M. (2013). Doing the Möbius Strip: The Politics of the Bailey Review'Sexualities, 16(5-6), 730–742.

Barker, M. & Richards, C. (2013). Brief Report: What does Bancroft's Human Sexuality and its Problems tell us about current understandings of sexuality? Feminism & Psychology, 23(2), 243–251.

Barker, M. (2013). Reflections: Towards a mindful sexual and relationship therapy. Sexual & Relationship Therapy, 28(1-2), 148–152.

Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R., Bowes-Catton, H., Plowman, T., & Yockney, J., (2012). Guidelines for researching and writing about bisexuality. Journal of Bisexuality 12, (3), 376–392.

Barker, M. & Duschinsky, R. (2012). 'Sexualisation's Four Faces: Sexualisation and Gender Stereotyping in the Bailey Review', Gender & Education, 24(3), 303–310.

Barker, M. & Gill, R. (2012). Sexual subjectification and Bitchy Jones's Diary.Psychology & Sexuality, 3(1), 26–40.

Langdridge, D., Barker, M., Stenner, P. & Reavey, P. (2012). Remembering Jealousy: Embodied experiences of the opening and closing of multiple subjectivities, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(2).

Barker, M. (2011). Monogamies and Non-monogamies - A response to: 'The Challenge of Monogamy: Bringing it Out of the Closet and Into the Treatment Room' by Marianne Brandon. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(3), 281–287.

Barker, M. & Heckert, J. (2011). Privilege & Oppression, Conflict & Compassion. The Sociological Imagination.

Barker, M. (2011). De Beauvoir, Bridget Jones' Pants and Vaginismus. Existential Analysis, 22(2), 203–216.

Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R. & Monro, S. (2011). BiReCon: An International Academic Conference on Bisexuality. Journal of Bisexuality, 11(2), 157–170.

Barker, M. (2011). Writing for publication for counsellors and therapists, Part 2. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(2), 191–198.

Barker, M. (2011). Writing for publication for counsellors and therapists, Part 3. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(2), 199–206.

Barker, M. (2011). Writing for publication for counsellors and therapists, Part 1. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(1), 96–102.

Barker, M. (2011).Existential sex therapy. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(1), 33–47.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Whatever happened to non-monogamies? Critical reflections on recent research and theory. Sexualities, 13(6), 748–772.

Evans, M. & Barker, M. (2010). How do you see me? Coming Out in counselling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38(4), 375–391.

Barker, M. (2010). Self-care and relationship conflict. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 25(1), 37–47.

Barker, M., Richards, C. & Bowes-Catton, H. (2009). "All the world is queer save thee and me…": Defining queer and bi at a Critical Sexology seminar. Journal of Bisexuality, 9(3&4), 363–379.

Barker, M. & Reavey, P. (2009). Self-disclosure in sexualities teaching, Feminism & Psychology, 19(2), 194–198.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2008). Bisexuality: Working with a silenced sexuality. Feminism & Psychology, 18(3), 389–394.

Barker, M., Bowes-Catton, H., Iantaffi, A., Cassidy, A. & Brewer, L. (2008). British bisexuality: A snapshot of bisexual identities in the UK, Journal of Bisexuality, 8(1&2), 141–162.

Barker M. & Ritchie A. (2007). Hot bi babes and feminist families: Polyamorous women speak out. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 8(2), 141–151.

Barker, M., Hagger-Johnson, G., Hegarty, P., Hutchinson, C. & Riggs, D. (2007). Responses from the Lesbian & Gay Psychology Section to Crossley's Making sense of 'barebacking'. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46(3), 667–677.

Evans, M. & Barker, M. (2007). 'Risking the kids' vs. 'Double the love': Couple counsellors in conversation on LGB parenting. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 3(1), 34–43.

Hagger-Johnson, G. E., McManus, J., Hutchison C. & Barker M. (2006). Building partnerships with the voluntary sector. The Psychologist, 19(3), 156–158.

Barker, M. (2006). Sexual self-disclosure and outness in academia and the clinic. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 7(3), 292–296.

Barker, M. (2006). Why I Study… Bisexuality and beyond. The Psychologist, 19(1), 33–34.

Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2006). 'There aren't words for what we do or how we feel so we have to make them up': Constructing polyamorous languages in a culture of compulsory monogamy. Sexualities, 9(5), 584–601.

Barker, M. (2005). This is my partner, and this is my… partner's partner: Constructing a polyamorous identity in a monogamous world. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 18(1), 75–88.

Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2005). Feminist SM: A contradiction in terms or a way of challenging traditional gendered dynamics through sexual practice? Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6(3), 227–239.

Barker, M. (2005). Experience of SM Awareness Training. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6(3), 268–273.

Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2005). Explorations in feminist participant-led research: Running a focus group discussion with polyamorous women. Psychology of Women Section Review, 7(2), 47–57.

Hegarty, P. & Barker, M. (2005). Speaking of science and politics: Meg Barker interviews Peter Hegarty. Psychology of Women Section Review. 7(2), 47–57.

Barker, M. (2005). On tops, bottoms and ethical sluts: The place of BDSM and polyamory in lesbian and gay psychology. Meg Barker in conversation with Dossie Easton. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6(2), 124–129.

Barker, M. (2005). Controversy in the British Journal of Social Psychology: A response to Crossley's article on barebacking. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6(1), 48–52.

Barker, M. (2004). Including the B-word: Reflections on the place of bisexuality within lesbian and gay activism and psychology: Meg Barker in conversation with Jenni Yockney. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 5(3), 118–122.

Reports

Attwood, F., Bale, C. & Barker, M. (2013). The Sexualization Report. Funded by The Wellcome Trust, available on www.senseaboutsex.com.

Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R., Bowes-Catton, H., & Plowman, T. (2012). The Bisexuality Report: Bisexual inclusion in LGBT equality and diversity. Milton Keynes: The Open University, Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance.

Shaw, L., Butler, C., Langdridge, D., Gibson, S., Barker, M., Lenihan, P., Nair, R. & Richards, C. (2012). Guidelines for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Encyclopedia entries

Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2013). Erogenous zones, in the Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, London: Wiley.

Barker, M. (2013). Bisexuality, in Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, SpringerReference.

Barker, M. (2013). Heteronormativity, in Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, SpringerReference.

Barker, M. (2013). Polyamory, in Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, SpringerReference.

Barker, M. (2013). Sexology, in Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, SpringerReference.

Selected conference papers (since 2003)

Barker, M. (2013). Mindful sex and relationship therapy. Presentation to the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists conference, London, 2nd November 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Rewriting the rules of relationships. Presentation to TEDx, Brighton, 25th October, 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Rewriting the rules of sex. Presentation to the Love, Sex & Intimacy Fair, Hove, 19th October, 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Future sex. Presentation to the Nine Worlds Conference, London, 9 August 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Gendered understandings of consent in 50 Shades of Grey and on the BDSM blogosphere. Keynote presentation to the Psychology of Women Section of the British Psychological Society Conference, London, 12 July 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Depression and/or oppression: Bisexuality and mental health. Keynote presentation to the BECAUSE Conference, Minneapolis, US, 8 June 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Is cheating inevitable. Presentation to the Science of Sex Event, Brighton, 9 February 2013.

Barker, M. (2013). Consent is a grey area? Keynote presentation to the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network Conference, 14 January 2013.

Barker, M. (2012). Consent in 50 shades and the BDSM blogosphere. Keynote presentation to the Gender, Sex, Power Conference, Hull, 21 November 2012.

Barker, M. (2012). Depression and/or oppression: Bisexuality and mental health. Keynote presentation to the BiReCon Conference, Bradford, 9 August 2012.

Barker, M. (2012). Polyamories. Presentation to the Sexual Cultures Conference, London, 21 April 2012.

Barker, M. (2012). Revisiting Rubin: What is normal sex? Presentation to the Sexual Cultures Conference, London, 21 April 2012.

Barker, M. (2011). Monogamies and Non-monogamies. Presentation to the Social Worlds Conference, Huddersfield, 15 July 2011.

Barker, M. (2011). Normal Sex. Presentation to the British Sociological Association Seminar, Sheffield, 5 July 2011.

Barker, M. (2011). Normal Sex. Presentation to the World Association for Sexual Health Conference, Glasgow, 14 June 2011.

Barker, M. (2011). Multiple (meanings of) orgasm. Presentation to the World Association for Sexual Health Conference, Glasgow, 13 June 2011.

Barker, M. (2011). Self-creation of public-facing media: Writing our own websites and self-help books. Presentation to the World Association for Sexual Health Conference, Glasgow, 13 June 2011.

Barker, M. (2011). Getting information out to the public. Presentation to the Sex, Health, Media event, London, 6 May 2011.

Barker, M. (2010). De Beauvoir, Bridget Jones' Pants and Vaginismus. Invited presentation at the Society for Existential Analysis Conference, London, 21 November 2010.

Barker, M. (2010). De Beauvoir, Bridget Jones' Pants and Vaginismus. Invited presentation at the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy Conference, London, 20 November 2010.

Barker, M. (2010). Rewriting the rules? Non-monogamies and other adventures in non-normative relationships. Invited presentation at the Portabrook Clinic Academic Day, Sheffield, 18 November 2010.

Barker, M. (2010). Rewriting the rules? Non-monogamies and other adventures in non-normative relationships. Presentation to the International LGBT Psychology Summer Institute, University of Michigan, 2 August 2010.

Barker, M. (2010). Rewriting the rules? Non-monogamies and other adventures in non-normative relationships. Invited presentation at the Canadian Psychology Association Annual Convention, Winnipeg Manitoba, 3 June 2010.

Barker, M. (2009). Silencing sexualities? Presentation to the Secrecy and Silence conference, London School of Economics, 23 October 2009.

Barker, M. (2007). Sadomasochistic sexual practices: What every counsellor should know (or… 13 myths about SM challenged). Presentation at the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy Conference, Warwick University, 12-13 May 2007.

Barker, M. (2006). Heteronormativity and the exclusion of bisexuality in psychology. Presentation at the Lesbian & Gay Psychology Section Conference, Blackfriars London, 1-2 December 2006.

Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2005). (Re)writing the lexicon of love in mono-normative culture: constructions of alternative languages in on-line polyamorous communities. Presentation to the International Conference on Mono-normativity, Hamburg, November 2005.

Barker, M. & Ritchie, A. (2005). Feminist SM: A contradiction in terms or a way of challenging traditional gendered dynamics through sexual practice? Presentation to the Quinquennial British Psychological Society Conference, Manchester, April 2005.

Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2005). Metamours, frubbling and ethical sluts: constructing a new language of relationships for polyamory. Presentation to the Quinquennial British Psychological Society Conference, Manchester, April 2005.

Barker, M., Ritchie, A. & Saxey, E. (2005). Women and Pornography. Presentation to the Critical Sexology seminar, University College London, 9 February 2005.

Barker, M. (2004). Revisiting Rubin: Are S/M, non-monogamy and bisexuality still in the outer limits? Presentation to the Pleasure and Danger Conference, Cardiff, July 2004.

Barker, M. (2004). Being S/M/Doing S/M: Still in the Societal/Academic Outer Limits? Presentation to the Constructing Sexualities Conference, Huddersfield, June 2004.

Barker, M. & Ritchie, A. (2004). Hot bi babes and feminist families: Polyamorous women speak out. Presentation to the Psychology of Women Section BPS conference, Brighton, July 2004.

Ritchie, A. & Barker, M. (2004). Explorations in feminist participant-owned research: running a focus group discussion with polyamorous women. Presentation to the Psychology of Women Section BPS conference, Brighton, July 2004.

Barker, M. (2003). Evil sex? Discourses at the 'outer limits' of sexuality. Presentation to the 4th annual interdisciplinary conference on Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, Prague, March 2003.

Barker, M. (2003). Vampire Subcultures. Presentation to the first annual interdisciplinary conference on Vampires: Myths and Metaphors, Budapest, May 2003.

Barker, M. (2003). Rewriting the sexual script? Constructions of sexuality in the bi, poly and S/M communities. Presentation to the 15th annual international congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Huddersfield, July 2003.

Book reviews

Barker, M. (forthcoming 2014). Review of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, by Jesse Bering. Reviewed in BBC Focus Magazine.

Barker, M. (forthcoming 2014). Review of Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, by Shiri Eisner. Reviewed in Journal of Bisexuality.

Barker, M. (forthcoming 2014). Review of Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationship and Power, edited by Jamie Heckert and Richard Cleminson (Eds.). Reviewed in Psychology & Sexuality.

Baker, M. (2013). Review of New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, edited by Peggy J. Kleinplatz. Reviewed in Network Magazine, http://www.cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/newdirectionsinsextherapy.

Barker, M. (2013). Review of New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity edited by Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff. Reviewed in Psychology & Sexuality,4(3), 323–325.

Barker, M. (2008). Review of British Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies: Theory, Research and Practice edited by Elizabeth Peel, Victoria Clarke and Jack Drescher. Reviewed in Sex Roles, 59(7-8), 611–614.

Barker, M. (2008). Review of Queering Gay and Lesbian Studies by Thomas Piontek. Reviewed in European Journal of Women's Studies, 15(2), 97–113.

Barker, M. (2007). Review of The Nature of Sexual Desire by James Giles. Reviewed in Culture, Health and Sexuality, 9(2), 211–213.

Barker, M. (2007). Review of Understanding People by Trevor Butt. Reviewed in Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 20(4), 337–345.

Barker, M. (2003). Review of Gender, Language and Discourse by Ann Weatherall. Reviewed inFeminism and Psychology 13(3), 398–402.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Other interests

Comics, blogging, walking, Buddhism, writing.

Last updated: 28 January 2014