I am British-born Chinese, the eldest son of a Hakka family. My parents emigrated to the UK from Hong Kong and helped establish Britain's Chinatowns. My hometown is Colchester in Essex and I also grew up in Lancashire and the North East of England. After a first degree and DPhil from the University of Oxford I lived and worked briefly in London and Reading, before moving to Edinburgh to lecture in Psychology.
- Psychology 4: Final Year Dissertation supervision on any aspect of marginal experience and identity.
- Psychology 4: Option course on Psychology of Counselling.
- Psychology 4: Final Year Tutorials
- Psychology 3: Mini-dissertation supervision e.g. British men's experiences of living alone in later life
- MSc in Psychological Research: Programme Director
- MSc Dissertation supervision in the method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
- MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion): Course organiser for Social Psychology and Mental Health
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I offer supervision in phenomenological (experience-near) interviewing methods and analysis. I welcome enquiries on any aspect of the psychology of difference.
Current PhD students supervised
Phenomenology of marginal and special life experience especially in relation to the talking therapies. I use qualitative, experience-near methods to facilitate people's lived experiences and personal meanings. My current research explores issues around culture and ethnocentricity in theory and practice of the talking cure. I have a special interest in Chinese psychology and psychotherapy. I am interested in collaborating in research offering a phenomenological approach to any aspect of different or marginal experience, including race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Current research interestsI am interested in how our personal histories, bodies, culture, and existential situation influence how we experience ourselves and other people, and how we interpret, avoid and express feeling and being. I use Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to conduct experience-near psychological research. My current interests include cultural psychology; phenomenological psychology and psychotherapy; phenomenology of alterity and minority experience.
Book Series Co-editor: Language, Discourse and Mental Health (University of Exeter Press)
Past project grants
Lee, B., Widdicombe, S., Bondi, L. & Prior, S. Development of Listening Skills. Development Trust Research Fund. 2007-2008. £3,400
Lee, B. Exploring the psychology of perception and impression formation in Japanese and British cultures. Daiwa Foundation Small Project Grant. 2002-2003. £1,500.
Lee, B. Imagery and visual memory. Nuffield Award to Newly Appointed Science Lecturers. 1997-1999. £3,500