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Robbie Duschinsky


Dr Robbie Duschinsky is University Lecturer in Social Sciences, based in the Primary Care Unit. He is interested in social science approaches to questions around health, families and/or professional practice.

His own research has primarily focused on children, families and theories of human behaviour, integrating ideas from psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. He has published in a variety of journals, including articles in Sociology; Journal of Social PolicySociological Review; Nursing InquiryPhilosophy; and Review of General Psychology. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gender Studies.

He is the co-editor of Foucault, the Family and Politics and Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis, both for Palgrave Macmillan.

Research Supervision

Robbie would welcome enquiries from prospective Doctoral and MPhil students for projects drawing on social science approaches in addressing health, families or professional practice. He would also welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students interested in theories of human behaviour, and those wishing to work in the productive in-between spaces underdeveloped by conventional academic disciplines.

Current Research

Robbie is currently Principal Investigator on a New Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust for research on debates in attachment theory and their implications for clinical and social welfare practice. Robbie has also conducted evaluation research on the integration of health with social care services. He has an interest in pathways linking early family and emotional life with later health outcomes. He is one of the conveners of ‘Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies’, a conference taking place at CRASSH in 2016:

Robbie is also concerned with the conceptual, ethical and social questions that can arise within clinical and professional practice. He recently co-edited special issues of the Archives of Sexual Behavior and of Psychology & Sexuality addressing the implications of new classifications of gender and sexuality in the 5th Edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book on themes of power and powerlessness in professional practice.

Selected Recent Publications

Duschinsky, R., Greco, M. & Solomon, J. (2015) ‘The Politics of Attachment’ Theory, Culture & Society, available on Early View

Duschinsky, R. & Wilson, E. eds. (2015) Engaging with the Work of Lauren Berlant, special issue of the International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society, Volume 28, Issue 3.

Duschinsky, R. & Brown, D.-M. (2015) ‘Place and Defilement’ Space & Culture, 18(3): 243-256

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