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Dr. Emma Turley

PhD Psychology
Senior Lecturer - Criminology
School of Business and Law
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About Me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I previously worked at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK for 10 years. I have broad range of interdisciplinary research interests that span criminology and psychology. I am a critical psychologist with specialist areas of interest including gender, social justice, inequalities, LGBTQI+ issues, feminism, community, subculture, sexualities, and the digital world. I am also interested in qualitative research methods, especially phenomenology and experiential research, and the use of innovative data collection techniques. My doctoral research, completed in 2012, examined the lived experiences of participating in consensual Bondage, Discipline, Dominance & Submission, and Sadism & Masochism (BDSM). 

I have published in the areas of sexualities, particularly marginalised sexual cultures, subculture, gendered violence, and social media, gender inequalities, women’s wellbeing, and activism. I am co-editor of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, a biannual publication focusing on increasing awareness and action around gender and inequality issues and editorial advisory board member for British Mensa's Androgyny journal.


I am a critical, interdisciplinary psychologist, with various theoretical perspectives influencing my work. I have a broad range of research interests and I have a record of research excellence, along with a wealth of experience in leading and delivering teaching and learning. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice, and I was the programme leader for my previous faculty’s Professional Doctorate in Health, Psychology & Social Care. My research and pedagogy encompasses ideas from a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology and cultural studies, and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am a graduate of the Aurora Leadership in Higher Education programme for women, and in my previous instutution I was nominated by my students for the annual MMU Awards.

After 10 years at Manchester Metropolitan University, I began working at CQUniversity as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in December 2019, based at the Townsville campus. 

Universities Studied At

University of Huddersfield

Manchester Metropolitan University

Universities Worked At

University of Huddersfield, UK - Lecturer in Psychology

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK - Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Leeds Beckett University, UK - External Examiner for BSc (hons) Psychology

Professional Experience

As a critical psychologist working in the context of criminology, I have developed a broad range of research interests. I am particularly interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality, class and equity. Other specialist areas of interest include critical criminology, particularly queer and feminist criminology, social justice, wellbeing, feminism and the LGBTQI+ community. Recent work includes an investigation into social media platforms as activist spaces and as spaces for gendered violence and harassment. Other recent work includes research around lived experiences of embodiment and sexual cultures.

I was recently awarded a grant by the British Academy to explore women's lived experiences of gendered illness.

I am a reviewer for:

  • Psychology & Sexuality; Work, Community & Family; Feminism & Psychology; Qualitative Methods in Psychology; Qualitative Research; Sexualities; British Journal of Health Psychology; Psychology & Health; Journal of Sex Research; Journal of Homosexuality; and Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Review.

I have been supervising both Home & International postgraduate students since 2015, at both Master's degree and PhD level, and I have experience in supervising distance students. 

In 2016 I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, (PGC AP) and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Professional Memberships

Chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Association (CPsychol)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)


I am co-editor of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, a biannual publication focusing on increasing awareness and action around gender and inequality issues, and editorial advisory board member for British Mensa's Androgyny journal.

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4702 Cultural Studies
  • 4402 Criminology
  • 1701 Psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
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Research Interests
Law And Legal Studies

Other Law and Legal Studies - Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Social Justice

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Gender Psychology

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Social and Community Psychology
Critical Psychology

Studies In Human Society

Criminology - Criminology not elsewhere classified
Critical Criminology inc Queer Criminology, Green Criminology & Feminist Criminology

Studies In Human Society

Other Studies in Human Society - Gender Specific Studies

Studies In Human Society

Sociology - Sociological Methodology and Research Methods

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