Chair: Wendy Hollway

Chair: Wendy Hollway

Wendy Hollway is a retired university teacher and researcher; an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Open University. She has a BA in Psychology, PhD in Social Psychology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She taught in departments of Education, Occupational and Organisational Psychology, International Development, Applied Social Studies, Gender Studies and Psychology. She headed a department, launched and directed a research centre, managed a research team, developed new university curricula and was a founding member of the UK Psychosocial Studies Network. Her latest funded research and recent book was on the topic of women’s identity changes when they become mothers for the first time.





Emeritus Professor of Psychology,

Faculty of Social Sciences

Open University

Walton Hall

Milton Keynes

MK7 6AA                                                          


 1971     BA hons (upper second) in Psychology, University of Sheffield.

1972     Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of Newcastle.

1982     PhD in Social Psychology, University of London, entitled Identity and Gender Difference in Adult Social Relations.

2010    -ongoing, Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, UK.

2010    -ongoing, Visiting Professor, Istituto di Psicologia Applicada, Lisbon, Portugal.


 1972-1973       Lecturer in Social Psychology, Northumberland College of Education

1973-1976       Lecturer in Social and Educational Psychology, Sunderland Polytechnic

1976-1978       Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Group and Institutional Relations, School of Education, Bristol University

1978-1987       Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London

1988-1993       Teaching Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Development and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford

1993-1996       Senior Lecturer then Reader in Gender Relations, Department of Applied Social Studies, University of Bradford

1996-2000      Reader in Gender Relations, School of Psychology, University of Leeds

2000-2001      Professor of Qualitative Psychology, University of Leeds

2001-2011       Professor of Psychology, Open University

2001-2004      Head of department of Psychology, Open University

2005-2008      Director of Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences,  Open University

2011(6mths)   Visiting Professor, Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, Norway. Part of a government funded international research programme ‘Personal Development and Socio-Cultural Change’.

2011-               Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Open University



  • Member, ESRC Seminar series ‘Violence, Abuse and Gender Relations’,1992-93.
  • Member, ESRC programme group on Crime and Social Order and sub-group on Fear of Crime,1994-96.
  • Member, part-organiser and contributor, ESRC Seminar on ‘Mothering, Parenting and Paid Work’, 1998-99.
  • Member and contributor, ESRC Seminar series ‘Post-modern kinship’,1998-99.
  • External examiner, Psychology of Sexuality component, MSc in Applied Psychology, University of Manchester, 1995-96
  • External examiner, BA in Psycho-Social Studies, University of East London, 1996-1998.
  • External examiner, MA in Women’s Studies, University of Kent, 1995-98.
  • Member of the validation team for the new Masters in Psychotherapy and Social Criticism at University of Westminster, 1996.
  • External examiner, MA/ PG Diploma in Infant Observation. Tavistock Clinic and University of East London, 1999, and 2007-2010.
  • Member, Advisory Board, ESRC project ‘Emergent Masculinities’ at Birkbeck College, Department of Psychology, 1997-99.
  • Founder member, ‘International Research Group for Psychosocietal Analysis (IRGfPSA) and ongoing network member of this European group. 1999.
  • Member ESRC seminar series ‘Affect, Ethics, Citizenship’, 1999.
  • Deputy director of Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds. 1997-2000.
  • Executive member of Centre for Family, Childhood and Kinship, University of Leeds. 1998-2000.
  • Member ESRC seminar series ‘Knowing Families’ 2002.
  • External examiner, part 1 Social Sciences Tripos, Cambridge University. 2001-2004.
  • Member of Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), Open University.
  • External examiner, Social Psychology component of BA Social Sciences, Cardiff University. 2004-2006.
  • Member and plural contributor, ESRC prpogramme ‘Identities and Social Action’ 2004-2008.
  • Member of CCIG, Psychosocial Studies group and Families and Relationships group. 2002-2011.
  • Member, project leader and plural contributor, ESRC seminar series ‘Practitioner Research and Practice-near Methods’. 2007-2008.
  • Assessment panel member, National Council for Research Methods 2008.
  • Board member, Assocation of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, from 2007 ongoing.
  • Founder member of UK Psychosocial Studies Network and first conference co-organiser, 2007.
  • Member and contributor of ESRC seminar series ‘Affect and Researching Affect’, 2009.
  • Member of ESRC ‘college’ of grant assessors, from 2009.
  • Co-editor (with Stephen Frosh and Peter Redman) of new Palgrave series ‘Studies in the Psychosocial’. From 2010, ongoing.
  • External examiner, Dip/MA in Infant Observation, Tavistock Centre/UEL, 2009-2012.
  • External assessor, MA in Psychosocial Studies, University of Essex, 2010.
  • External examiner, MA in Psychosocial Studies, University of Essex, 2012.
  • External examiner, Dip/MA, Infant Observation, Northern School of Child and Adult Psychotherapy/University of Leeds, 2013.
  • External examiner, Dip/MA, Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice, University of Strathclyde, from 2015.



  • 1994-96. ESRC-funded two-year project: Gender difference, anxiety and the fear of crime (£84,000) within the Crime and Social Order Research Programme. With Tony Jefferson, Professor of Criminology, University of Keele. Evaluated as ‘outstanding’.
  • 1999-2000. Lottery-funded project Deliberate self harmers’ experience of Accident and Emergency services. (£75,000). With members of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Leeds, and Leeds MIND.
  • University of Leeds, Equal Opportunities Committee. £500 towards transcription costs of research project ‘Experiences of unfair treatment and discrimination: a departmental case.’
  • 2000 – 2004. Team member of ESRC Centre ‘Care, Values and the Future of Welfare’, University of Leeds. £21,000, as part of a £1.5 million grant.
  • 2004 Dialoguing across Divisions’, BPS-funded £3000, with Tony Manstead, to conduct a series of meetings dialoguing across divisions in British Social Psychology.
  • 2004-2007. Principal Investigator on ESRC-funded project ‘Identities in transition: becoming African caribbean, Bangladeshi and White British mothers.’ £218,000. With Prof Ann Phoenix. Part of the ESRC Identities and Social Action programme. RES 148-25 0058.
  • 2009-2011. 30-month full-time ESRC Research Fellowship.’Maternal Identities, Care and Intersubjectivity: a Psycho-social approach’. £196,482. RES-063-27-0118.
  • 2011 (January to June) Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo Centre for Advanced Studies. One of four international scholars spending six months on the Norwegian government-funded programme ‘Personal Development and Socio-cultural Change’.



20 or 30, (three in 2014/2015).



Hollway,W. and B.Featherstone (1997) (eds) Mothering and Ambivalence.  London:Routledge.

Henriques, J., W.Hollway, C.Urwin, C.Venn and V.Walkerdine (1998) Changing the  Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation  and Subjectivity. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

Hollway, W. (2006) The Capacity to Care: Gender and Ethical Subjectivity. London: Routledge.

Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (2013) Doing Qualitative Research Differently: Free Association, Narrative and the Interview Method. 2nd edition, with two new chapters. London: Sage.

Hollway, W. (2015) Knowing Mothers: Researching Maternal Identity Change. London: Palgrave.



Hollway, W. (2010) ‘Conflict in the transition to becoming a mother: a psychosocial approach’ Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 15(2)136-155.

Hollway, W. (2011) ‘In Between External and Internal Worlds: Imagination in Transitional Space’, Methodological Innovations Online 6 (3) 50-60.

Elliott, H., Ryan, J. and Hollway, W. (2012) ‘Research encounters, reflexivity and supervision’, Int. Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15(5) 433-444.

Hollway, W. (2012) ‘Rereading Winnicott’s “Primary Maternal Preoccupation”’, Feminism and Psychology 22 (1), 20-40.

Hollway, W. (2012) ‘Infant observation: Opportunities, challenges, threats’, International Journal of Infant Observation and its Applications 15 (1) 21-32.

Hollway, W. and Froggett, L. (2012) ‘Researching in-between subjective experience and reality’, Forum: Qualitative Research/ Qualitative Socialforschung 13(3) Art 13. Reprinted in Historical Social Research (Historische Sozialforschung) 38(2) 2013

Urwin, C., Hauge, M-I., Hollway, W., Haavind, H. (2013) ‘Becoming a Mother through Culture: Becoming a Bangladeshi mother in London’. Qualitative Inquiry 19(6) 470-479.

Hollway, W. (2013) ‘Locating Unconscious “Societal Collective” Processes in Psycho-social Research’ Organisational and Social Dynamics 13(1) 22-40.

Hollway, W. (2013) ‘Mum’s over the Moon’: Rough Verse and Surprise of the Real. Notes and audio performance. Special Issue. Studies in the Maternal, 5(1). Available at:

Hollway, W. and Elliott, H. (2014) ‘Troubling categories and conflicting affective relations: A study of mixedness’, Subjectivity 7(1) 56-73.

Hollway, W., Mitchell, J. and Walsh, J. (2015) ‘Interview with Juliet Mitchell – Psychoanalysis and Feminism: Then and Now’. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 20(2), 112-130.

Hollway, W. (2015) ‘Feminism, psychology and becoming a mother’. State of the Disciipline: Feminism and Psychology. forthcoming.