Dr Anca Roberts

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

Module leader for Psychology Project (Level 6)
Examinations Liaison Officer for Psychology

About Me

My first degree was in International Economic Relations, awarded by the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. I have worked in business (maritime shipping) and cultural organisations (The British Council). I then studied Psychology at postgraduate level, and my doctoral thesis at the University of Northampton examined how understandings around a material substance (leather) function to (re)produce existing social and cultural representations in the context of everyday work and consumption practices. I worked as a psychology lecturer at the University of Northampton, and I joined Staffordshire University in January 2012.


PhD Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma Psychology
BSc (Hons) International Economic Relations

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of critical social psychology. More specifically, I am interested in the use of qualitative methodologies on topics relating to consumption practices (ethical consumption), identity (gender, ethnic, class, professional), constructions of ‘otherness’, power relations.

Selected Publications


Maunder, R., Callaghan, J., Gordon-Finlayson, A. and Roberts, A. (2012). Behind supervisory doors: Taught Masters dissertation students as qualitative apprentices. Psychology Learning & Teaching (PLAT) Special issue: Teaching Qualitative Research Methods for Issue 11(1), 30-38.

Lazard, L., Capdevila, R. & Roberts, A. (2011). Methodological pluralism in theory and in practice: the case for Q in the community. Qualitative Research in Psychology (Special Issue: Pluralism in Qualitative Research in Psychology), 8(2), 140-150.

Roberts, A., Capdevila, R. and Wilson, P. (2007) Constructing leather through Q methodology. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society. London: British Psychological Society. 1754-8837.

Conference Talks

Roberts, A. (2013). A matter of nature and heritage. Constructions of leather as a material for the greater good. In Critical Social Psychology Congress, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, 6-8 February 2013.

Roberts, A. (2012). Green discourses and the leather industry. In BPS Annual Conference Qualitative Methods in Psychology, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, 18-20 April 2012.

Capdevila, R., Roberts, A. & Laurance, T. (2011). Beyond substance abuse and offending: Issues around an offender rehabilitation programme. In Q Methodology conference, Birmingham University, UK, September 2011.

Capdevila, R. and Roberts, A. (2010). Service Provision or Social Co-Operation? Issues around an offender rehabilitation initiative. In: BPS Social Psychology Annual Conference, The University of Winchester, UK, September 2010.

Roberts, A. (2008). Leather and Subjectivity: an Exploration of Current Understandings around Leather and Leather Objects. In: 111th SLTC (Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists) Conference 2008, Telford, UK, September 2008.

Roberts, A., Capdevila, R. and Wilson, P. (2007). Constructing leather through Q methodology. In: BPS Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor, UK, July 2007. 


Dr Anca Roberts
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (U/G Awards in Psychology & BPS Accreditation)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 284678
e: a.roberts@staffs.ac.uk