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Professor Abigail Locke

PositionAssociate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer. Psychology Research Lead, Professor of Psychology
LocationRichmond E44
Feedback HoursTo be determined per academic year
Telephone01274 233978
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Research Interests (key words only)

Gender, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Parenting, Identity, Health.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Faculty Impact Champion
  • Psychology Research Leader
  • REF Lead for Psychology


Abigail Locke has a BSc and PhD from Loughborough University, as well as a PGCE from the University of Leicester.  She has lectured at Coventry University, the University of Derby, Loughborough University and University of Huddersfield. Abigail is currently Visiting Professor in Social & Health Psychology at the University of Derby. 

Abigail is a critical social/health psychologist and has research interests around gender, identity, parenting and qualitative methodologies. Her current research work focuses on societal constructions of ‘good’ motherhood’ and ‘good fatherhood’, and she has applied this lens to issues around stay-at-home-dads, infant feeding and the timing of motherhood. Abigail is committed to a vision of psychology as a broad and diverse discipline. Abigail has strong links with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is currently Deputy-Chair of the BPS Research Board and a Trustee. 

Study History

BSc. (Hons) Psychology 1993

PGCE University of Leicester 1995

PhD Psychology Loughborough University 2001

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2006

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society 2006

Professional Activities

University Teacher 1996-2001, Loughborough University

Lecturer in Psychology, Coventry University2001-2002

Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Derby 2002-2005

Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University, 2005-2008

Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Huddersfield, 2008-2010

Reader in Applied Social Psychology, University of Huddersfield, 2010-2016

Visiting Professor in Social & Health Psychology, University of Derby (2013 onwards)

Research Areas

Gender, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Parenting, Identity, Social and Health Psychology.


Executive Committee for the International Society for Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)

International Committee for APA Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQUIP)


See Abigail's publications on Bradford Scholars.

Journal articles:

Locke, A. & Yarwood, G. (2017). Exploring the depths of gender, parenting and ‘work’: critical discursive psychology and the ‘missing voices’ of involved fatherhood. Community, Work & Family. 20(1), pp.4-18. 

Locke, A. (2017). Regendering care or undoing gendered binaries of parenting in contemporary UK society? Invited Commentary for Dialogues in Human Geography. 7 (1), 88-91.

Brown, S.D. & Locke, A. (2017). Social Psychology. In C. Willig & W. Stainton-Rogers (Eds.). Sage handbook of qualitative research in psychology. Second Edition. London: SAGE.

Budds, K., Locke, A. & Burr, V. (2017). Using Discourse Analysis in Social Psychology. In J. Brooks & N. King (Eds.) Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Palgrave. 


Budds, K., Locke, A. & Burr, V. (2016). “For some people it isn’t a choice, it’s just how it happens”: Accounts of ‘delayed’ motherhood among middle-class women in the UK. Feminism and Psychology.

Hallam, J., Howard, C., Locke, A. & Thomas, M. (2016).  Communicating choice: an exploration of mothers’ experiences of birth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.

Locke, A. (2015). Agency, ‘good motherhood’ and ‘a load of mush’: Constructions of Baby-Led Weaning in the Press. Women’s Studies International Forum (Special Issue on ‘Choosing Motherhood’).

Yarwood, G.A. & Locke, A.  (2015) Gender, Parenting and Working Hours: An in-depth study of the care-work negotiations within three couple relationships in the UK. Community, Work and Family.

Owuor, J., Locke, A., Heyman, B. & Clifton, A. (2015).  Concealment, communication and stigma:  The perspectives of HIV-positive immigrant Black African men, and their families, living in the UK.Journal of Health Psychology.

Terplan, M., Ramanadhan, S., Locke, A., Longinaker, N. and Lui, S.  (2015) [Updated Review]. Psychosocial interventions for pregnant women in outpatient illicit drug treatment programs compared to other interventions. For: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Budds, K., Locke, A. & Burr, V. (2014). Combining forms of discourse analysis: A critical discursive psychological approach to the study of ‘older’ motherhood. Studies in Methodology.Sage Open.

Locke, A. & Budds, K. (2013). “We thought if it’s going to take two years then we need to start that now”: Age, probabilistic reasoning and the timing of pregnancy in older first-time mothers.. Special Issue on Time and Risk (Guest Editor: Prof Bob Heyman). Health, Risk and Society

Budds, K., Locke. A., Burr, V. (2013). Risky business. Constructing older mothers in the British Press. Feminist Media Studies.

Locke, A. (2012). Qualitative research in sport psychology: A timely comment. Invited piece for QMiP Bulletin

Brownrigg, A., Burr, V. Locke, A.  & Bridger, A. (2012). “You don’t know what’s around the corner”: A qualitative study of professional footballers in England facing career-transition. QMiP Bulletin.

Locke, A. (2012). Invited commentary on ‘Arsène Didn't See It: Coaching, Research and the Promise of a Discursive Psychology’ by Paul K. Miller. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7 (4). 

Patterson, A. Cromby, J., Brown, S.D., Gross, H., Locke, A. (2011) It all boils down to respect, doesn't it?': enacting a sense of community in a deprived inner city area. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

Avis, J., Wright, C., Fisher, P., Swindells, S. & Locke, A. (2011). “Am I doing enough to help them?” Learners, Care Work and Wellbeing: Further Education Trainee Teachers. Research in Postcompulsory Education.

Cromby, J., Brown, S.D., Gross, H., Locke, A., & Patterson, A.  (2010). Constructing crime, enacting morality: emotion, crime and anti-social behaviour in an inner-city community. British Journal of Criminology, 50: 873-895.

Locke, A. (2009). Natural versus taught’: Competing discourses in antenatal Breastfeeding workshops. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 435-446.

Locke, A. (2008). Managing agency for athletic performance: A discursive approach to the zone. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5, 103-126.

Goodings, L., Locke, A. & Brown, S.D. (2007). Social Networking Technology: Place and Identity in Mediated Communities. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 17, 463-476.

Abell, J., Locke, A., Condor, S., Gibson, S. & Stevenson, C. (2006) ‘Trying similarity, doing difference’: The role of interviewer self-disclosure in producing interview talk with young people. Qualitative Research, 6(2), 221-244. 

Locke, A. (2004). Accounting for success and failure: A discursive psychological approach to sport talk. Quest, 56, 302-320.

Locke, A. (2003). "If I'm not worried, I'm nervous, does that make sense?": The use of emotion concepts by athletes in accounts of performance. Forum: Qualitative Social Research.4 (1). 

Locke, A. & Edwards, D. (2003). Bill and Monica: Memory, emotion and normativity in Clinton’s Grand Jury testimony.  British Journal of Social Psychology.42, 239-256.

Locke, A. (2002). Gendered Emotion: Personal, cultural or discursive? Feminism and Psychology, 12 (1), 97-104.

Locke, A.  (2001). Reconstructing female emotionality. Social Psychological Review, 3 (2), 16-26.


Book Chapters and Parts:

Locke, A. (2016). Masculinity, Subjectivities and Caregiving in the British press: The Case of the Stay-At-Home Father. In E. Podnieks (Ed).  ‘Pops in Pop Culture’.

Locke, A. (2014). Informed Consent. In T. Teo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer Press

Locke, A. (2014). Research Ethics. In T. Teo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology.

Locke, A. (2011). The psychologising of emotion and gender: A critical Perspective. In W. Ruberg & K. Steenbergh (Eds.) Sexed Sentiments.  Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Emotion. Rodolphi: NL.

Robinson, W.P. & Locke, A. (2011).Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Abell, J., Locke, A., Condor, S., Gibson, S. & Stevenson, C. (2008) Trying similarity, doing difference: The role of interviewer self-disclosure in producing interview talk with young people. In N.G. Fielding (Ed.) Interviewing II. London: Sage. (Reprinted from Qualitative Research).

Brown, S.D. & Locke, A. (2007). Social Psychology. In W. Stainton Rogers &  C. Willig (Eds.) Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Psychology. London: Sage.

Other creative and critical production:

Peach, D. & Locke, A. (2015). ‘Constructing and resisting good parenting’: Donna Peach in conversation with Abigail Locke. POWS-R.

Locke, A. (2014). A word from the Chair. Social Psychological Review 

Locke, A. (2013).  Storm over pregnancy advice highlights a media minefield. The Conversation. (6th June 2013).

Locke, A. (2013) A word from the Chair. Social Psychological Review.

Locke, A. (2013) ‘Book review: Masculinities, care and equality: identity and nurture in men's lives, Neil Hanlon, 2012’ Journal of Gender Studies, 22 (4), pp. 455-456.

Locke, A. (2012) Our bodies, ourselves - reprise. Review of Bodies of knowledge: Sexuality, reproduction and women's health in the second wave by Wendy Kline. Journal of Health Psychology.

Locke, A. (2009). A word from the editor, Social Psychological Review, 11, 1-2.

Locke, A. (2008). A word from the editor. Social Psychological Review, 10, 1.

Locke, A. & Robinson, W.P. (2008). Putting the social back into psychology: Abigail Locke in conversation with W. Peter Robinson. Social Psychological Review, 10, 14-19

Locke, A. & Billig, M. (2008).  The hidden routes of antiquarian psychology: Abigail Locke in conversation with Michael Billig. Social Psychological Review, 10, 20-24.

Locke, A. (2007).  A word from the editor. Social Psychological Review, 9(1), 1.

Locke, A. & Whitty, M. (2007). A word from the editors. Social PsychologicalReview, 9(2).

Locke, A. (2006). A word from the editor. Social Psychological Review, 8(1), 1.

Locke, A. (2006).  A word from the editor. Social Psychological Review, 8(2), 61.

Locke, A. (2005). A word from the editor. Social Psychological Review, 7(2), 53.

Locke, A. (2005). Putting emotion in context. Review of Parkinson, B., Fischer, A. &

Manstead, A (2005). Emotion in Social Relations. Hove: Psychology Press. The Psychologist, 18 (8), p. 49 

Locke, A. (2003). Review of Robinson, W. Peter (2003). Language in Social Worlds. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 0-631-19336-7, Social Psychological Review, 5 (2). ISSN: 1369-7862. (29)


I have also contributed to local and national press.

Official Research Reports:

Locke, A., Marshall, J., Jones, P. Adams, Lee, Adams, P., Percy-Smith, B. & Bradshaw, P. (2015).  Health Visitor Transformation: End of project report. Research funded by NHS England.

Locke, A. & Budds, K. (2012). Experiences of early infant feeding. End of project report. Research funded by University of Huddersfield, Institute of Health Citizenship.

Cromby, J., Brown, S.D., Gross, H. & Locke, A. (2009). Emotions and Crime: A Mixed Methods Approach. Economic and Social Research Council. End of project report.  Award RES:000-22-2434. Rated as ‘good’ by ESRC.

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