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Professor Jane Speedy

Creative and critical research methodologies, particularly the blurring between the arts and social sciences. The formation of narrative identities and the representation of storied lives/lives at the margins.  Of particular interest are various forms of writing and textual production as inquiry, and the development of particular forms of ethical knowhow that accompany collaborative writing as inquiry. Arts-based and emergent research approaches that become transformative within the lives of both researchers and the researched are also of interest.  Previous projects have included inquiries into the lives of young men who have considered suicide; narratives of women whose lives have been touched by suicide; lives of young people in complex struggles with anorexia nervosa; lives of lesbians and lesbian parents; narratives of therapists entering the academy and of people using poetic writing; visual and digital images for both therapeutic and research purposes.

Research keywords

narrative inquiry, narrative therapy, women's lives, lives at the margin, feminist and post-structuralist approaches, auto/biography, collaborative writing and writing as collaborative inquiry


  • Longstanding research collaborations include the Bristol Collaborative Writing Group and the Bristol Women's Collective Biography group

Learned societies &
professional bodies

  • Registered Practitioner of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); BACP accredited counselling trainer; Founder member of the International Association for Qualitative Inquiry and the United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration. *Editorial board member for Bristol Papers in Education *Member of the international editorial advisory boards of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal
  • the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work and the British Journal of Integrative psychotherapy. *Reviewer for Emotion
  • Space and Society
  • Creative approaches to Research and Qualitative Research
  • British Journal for Guidance and Counselling.