Dr Saskia Jones

Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I graduated with a first-class BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014 and then went on to study for a PhD and work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Leeds Beckett University until 2019. I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Qualitative Psychological Research Methods in 2019.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
    Member of BPS Psychology of Women and Equalities Section
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (2011 – 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University).
  • PhD: Young people’s understandings of sexual consent and the impact of power inequalities within their sexual relationships, supervised by Dr Kate Milnes and Dr Tamara Turner-Moore (Leeds Beckett University, 2015-2019).

Expertise

My area of expertise is broadly within critical social psychology with a focus on sexual consent and power inequalities within sexual relationships, I mainly work with young people in this area.

My research methods expertise is in creative qualitative research methods with a particular interest in participatory research methods. In terms of analysis, I work most frequently with Foucauldian discourse analysis and thematic analysis.

Research interests

I am broadly interested in projects taking a critical/constructionist or qualitative approach towards a range of topics. For example;

  • People’s experiences/understandings of sexual consent,
  • Sex education,
  • Sexualities,
  • Identities,
  • Feminism,
  • Empowerment,
  • Gender,
  • Power inequalities/relations.

Teaching

  • Foundations in Psychology (L4)
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (L4)
  • Perspectives in psychology (L4)
  • Contemporary issues in Psychology (L5)
  • Voluntary work experience - Applications of psychology (L5)
  • Psychology of social perception (L5)
  • Understanding the social world (L5)
  • Psychology of oppression and empowerment (L6)

Project supervision:

  • Psychology project (L6)
  • MSc psychology dissertation (L7)

Publications

  • Jones, Milnes & Turner-Moore (Unver review, Qualitative Research in Psychology) Tensions and potentials in involving young people in discourse analysis: An example from a study of sexual consent campaigns.

Conference presentations:

  • Jones & Smith (2020) Re-creating sexual consent campaigns. Workshop delivered at the Stigmatised Sexualities and Sexual Harm Research Symposium, Leeds, UK.
  • Jones, Milnes & Turner-Moore (2019, June) Using creative methods to discuss a discourse analysis of sexual consent campaigns with young people. Paper presented at the Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities conference: developing networks and practices of co-production with children and young people, Manchester, UK.
  • Jones, Milnes & Turner-Moore (2019, July) Constructions of young people in sexual consent campaigns: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis. Paper presented at the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section conference, Windsor, UK.
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