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Abigail Locke

Head of Division/Professor of Psychology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 233978


Abigail  joined the University of Bradford in January 2016. She 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 the current Head of Psychology, having previously been Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Transfer at the University. She has previously been  a 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 advice given to new parents.

Abigail is committed to a vision of psychology as a broad and diverse discipline and has strong links with the British Psychological Society (BPS), having been a previous Chair of Social Psychology section, committee member of Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) section,  Deputy-Chair of the BPS Research Board, a Trustee (2015-2017) and is the current Chair of the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section (POWES). She is also Secretary of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) and one of the founding members of the European Association for Qualitative Research in Psychology (EQUiP).  She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


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


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleSharenting: pride, affect and the day to day politics of digital mothering (2019)
AuthorsLazard, L.; Capdevila, Rose; Dann, C.; Locke, Abigail; Roper, S.