Professor Virginia Braun
I studied psychology as an undergraduate at The University of Auckland, completing my BA in 1995, and went on to complete an MA(Hons), with research on cervical cancer prevention policy in New Zealand. I then went to the UK on a Commonwealth Scholarship, to conduct research for my PhD at Loughborough University. I was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Psychology following the completion of my PhD, in 2001. Since appointment, I have spent research time based in universities in the US (Columbia University & CUNY; NYC) and the UK (The University of the West of England; Bristol; City, University of London).
Research | Current
In my research, I am interested in examining the relationship between the social, the scientific and the individual, in relation to bodies, sexuality and health. My research examines the influence of culture and society on individual choices, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, as well as on broader issues like public health policy and practice. My research is specifically influenced by feminist, social constructionist, and discursive theory and practice, and tends to employ qualitative methodologies. Currenly I am working on new so-called healthy-eating food movements.
As another strand of scholarship, I am involved in various ongoing collaborative projects (mainly with Victoria Clarke, The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) related to qualitative research and the development of the method of thematic analysis in particular. We have written an award-winning textbook Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners (SAGE, 2013), and have numerous papers and chapers, and a forthcoming book on Thematic Analysis (SAGE). Our new book focuses on data collection: Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Methods (co-edited by Victoria Clarke & Debra Gray; Cambridge University Press, 2017), and we (me, Victoria Clarke, Naomi Moller and Hannah Frith) recently edited a Special Issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology on the exciting data collection method called story completion.
Teaching | Current
PSYCH 733 - Critical Health Psychology
PSYCH 755 - Gender Power & Sexuality
PSYCH 319 - Psychology & Gender
Areas of expertise
- Sex & sexuality
- Sexual health
- Gendered bodies
- Genital cosmetic surgery
- Body hair
- Feminist psychology
- Critical psychology
- Qualitative research
- Thematic analysis
Currently on Research and Study Leave through July 2020
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2019). Novel insights into patients' life-worlds: the value of qualitative research. The lancet. Psychiatry, 6 (9), 720-721. 10.1016/s2215-0366(19)30296-2
- Braun, V. (2019). Selling a perfect vulva? Selling a ‘normal’ vulva!. In S. Creighton, L.-M. Liao (Eds.) Female genital cosmetic surgery: Solution to what problem? (pp. 23-32). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781108394673.003
- Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2019). Reflecting on reflexive thematic analysis. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN SPORT EXERCISE AND HEALTH, 11 (4), 589-597. 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1628806
- Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Moller, N. P., & Tischner, I. (2019). Qualitative story completion: A method with exciting promise. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.) Handbook of research methods in health social sciences (pp. ). Singapore: Springer. Related URL.
- Le Grice, J. S., & Braun, V. (2017). Indigenous (Māori) perspectives on abortion in New Zealand. Feminism & Psychology, 27 (2), 144-162. 10.1177/0959353517701491
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jade Le Grice
- Jankowski, G., Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2017). Reflecting on qualitative research, feminist methodologies and feminist psychology: In conversation with Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke. Psychology of Women Section Review, 19 (1), 43-55. Related URL.
- Terry, G., Hayfield, N., Clarke, V., & Braun, V. (2017). Thematic analysis. In C. Willig, W. Stainton-Rogers (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. London: SAGE Publications.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gareth Terry
- Farvid, P., & Braun, V. (2017). Unpacking the "pleasures" and "pains" of heterosexual casual sex: beyond singular understandings. Journal of Sex Research, 54 (1), 73-90. 10.1080/00224499.2016.1143442
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