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Dr Russell Delderfield




Delderfield, R. (2019) Eating Disorders in Men, in Crilly, L. Hope with Eating Disorders, 2nd Ed, Chapter 8, pp. 193-209.

Delderfield, R. (2018) Male Eating Disorders: Experiences of Food, Body and Self. Palgrave MacMillan.

Delderfield, R. (2018) 'When the researcher is a 'wounded storyteller': exploring emotional labour and personal impact in research' Self & Society: An International Journal for Humanistic Psychology, 46(2), pp.34-39.

Bolton, G. with Delderfield, R. (2018) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, 5th Edition. SAGE Publications.

Delderfield, R. and McHattie, H. (2018) 'Person-centred dynamics in maths skills development: examining a case of good practice.Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. 13 (April), pp.1-10, ISSN: 1759-667X. 

Delderfield, R. (2016) Freedom and chains: the duality of the university experience for young men with eating disorders. University and College Counselling Journal. Issue: May 2016

Delderfield, R. (2013) Coming out of the food cupboard: supporting young men with eating disorders. The Association for University & College Counselling Journal. Issue: March 2013.

Research Expertise and Supervisory Interests

  • Men's experiences of disordered eating
  • Social psychology of eating disorders
  • Counselling and psychotherapy for male eating disorders
  • Masculinities and Critical Men’s Studies
  • Misandry and Masculism
  • Philosophy and methodology of interpretive research
  • Hermeneutics for qual research
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Researcher development, including person-centred practice
  • Reflective Practice: its nature, impact and value.

My doctoral study was entitled Exploring male disordered eating: a hermeneutic study of men’s relationships with food, body and self. My work takes a social psychology approach, something that features rarely in the study of males, which is psychiatric-discourse dominated. I use stories to explore issues of identity, selfhood, gender, masculinities and eating disorder.

I am also working on understandings of misandry as an aspect of health inequality within society, the philosophical underpinnings of masculism as a counterpart to feminism, and the nature of qualitative inquiry when using interpretive approaches such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, memory work, biographical work and dialogical analysis. 

I have varied expertise and interests, as such I'm also interested in pedagogic, andragogic, and heutagogic work that explores social and emotional aspects of learning in researcher development, person-centred practice and, in particular, reflective practice.



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Professional & Scholarly Activity

  • Research and Policy Advisor for Beat
  • Research Ethics Committee Panel Member
  • Reviewer for SAGE Publications and Epigeum educational resources
  • Member of the British Eating Disorders Society (BrEDS)
  • Member of Male Psychology Network
  • Member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)
  • Member of the Association for Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Member of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC)
  • Former trustee of national male eating disorders charity
  • Male Eating Disorders Trainer
  • I peer-review for the following scholarly journals:
    • Psychology of Men and Masculinity Journal
    • International Journal of Health Promotion and Education
    • International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education
    • Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Research Supervision

Current Doctoral Candidates

  • Gemma Jackson
  • Ruth Vaqari
  • Kristie Wrathall

I am available to supervise any of the research interests (or combinations and variants thereof) listed above. View and apply for a current project on FindaPhD.


BPS Accredited BSc & MSc Dissertation Projects

  • Male Gender Role Conflict
  • Misandry and the Second Sexism
  • Male Eating Disorders & Body Image
  • Reflective Practive in Psychology


Visiting Lecturer at King's College, London

As Visiting Lecturer in Clinical Education, I offer expertise in a number of areas: qualitative methodologies, reflective practice, service evaluation methodologies, and eating disorders.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • 3rd Year Psychology - Male Disorder Eating
  • 2nd Year Masculinities lectures
  • Qualitative research methodologies.

Study and Professional History

Professional Experience

  • lecturer in qualitative research in clinical education
  • Postgraduate Research Framework lead & researcher developer
  • academic skills advisor
  • language resource centre manager for France Télécom 
  • primary school teacher & senior management
  • head of English language education centre
  • lecturer in education practice for Initial Teacher Training
  • lecturer in reflective practice and professional development
  • counsellor
  • trustee of a national charity.

Selected Qualifications

  • BA Hons (Interpreting and Translation, Dual Languages)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Compulsory)
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Research Methods)
  • PhD.

Impact and Engagement

Examples of the public, practitioner, policy and service impact of my work can be found via Padlet.


Papers Presented

Sex and self-loathing in the spoiled identities of men with eating disorders: where stigma, desire and disgust collide (2018) seminar @ Faculty of Management Law and Social Sciences.

Invited Keynote: The emergence of the University of Sanctuary: a critical reflection. Diversity interventions for asylum seekers and refugees (2018) University of Bradford: 8th Annual Making Diversity Interventions Count Conference. With Dr Mel Cooper, Diana Flores, Catherine Waskett.

Critical Reflection: Demystifying the Process (2018) Leeds Beckett University: seminar @ Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.

Invited PaperThe Fugly Boy: An Autoethnography of Male Eating Disorder (2018) University of Sheffield: Sheffield Medical School

Invited Paper: When the researcher is a wounded storyteller: exploring emotional labour & personal impact in research (2017) University of Leeds: Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference, Baines Wing, School of Healthcare.

Public Lecture: Men, gender and misandry: breaching the binary (2016) University of Bradford: Diversity Festival 2016.

‘The Writing Room’: creating space for student academic writing in a shared environment (2016) University of Bradford: Inaugural Learning, Teaching and Research Conference: Exploring the Research-Teaching Nexus. With Ms. Lucy Scott.

Invited KeynoteMen under fire: male disordered eating and challenged masculinity (2015) Brighton: Inaugural National Male Eating Disorders Conference.

Misandry and the Second Sexism (2015) University of Bradford: Centre for Applied Social Research Seminar.

Male Eating Disorders: Misconceptions and Mistreatment (2014) University of Bradford: Mental Health Lunchtime Bites.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too (2014) Huddersfield: FEDS & University of Huddersfield Psychology Section.

Men with Eating Disorders: in their own words (2013) Manchester: Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

‘There’s no such thing as bisexual, it’s just greediness’: Bisexual Men and Eating Disorders – Making the Case for Better Understanding (2012) University of Bradford: BiReCon.

SkillSpace@Bradford: Making Personal Academic Tutoring Matter from Day One (2012) University of Bradford: 11th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference. With Dr Clare Beckett-Wrighton.

Pulling It All Together (2011) University of Bradford: Re-Thinking Hate Crime? Bringing Theory and Practice Together.

Men on the Menu: Early Impressions of Men’s Experiences with Food, Body Image and Self-perception (2011) Brighton: MGEDT Conference.

Eating Disorders and Ethical Dilemmas, Either Way it’s ED (2009) University of Bradford: 3rd Graduate Conference on Social Sciences and Management.

Queer Eating: Bracketing Issues of Sexuality and Bulimia Nervosa for Hermeneutic Research(2008) Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Becoming or Unbecoming? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Research in the 21st Century.

Managing student behaviour – towards new university practice and policy (2007) University of Bradford: Annual Learning & Teaching Conference. With Professor Peter Hartley.