Dr Fiona Murray



My original degree was in Education and I was a teacher before subsequently training to be a counsellor at the University of Edinburgh.  I completed my doctoral dissertation "The Porn Factory: A feminist dystopian inquiry into porn (re)produced worlds" in 2017.  On completion of my D.Psych, I was a Research Assistant for the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry whilst seeing clients in a private practice.


D.Psych, PGCE, B.Ed(Hons)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Between Counselling and Research, Parts 1 and 2.
  • Various aspects of the MCouns, namely Interpersonal Learning Groups, Ethics in Counselling and the Beginners Course of the Interpersonal Dialogue.
  • Health, Humanities and Arts from Sept. 2019
  • Supervising masters disserations

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Post-humanist, New Materialist, 'Post-Qualitative', Affect theory and Feminist inquiries.

Research-Creation, Writing as a Method of Inquiry, Autoethnography

Multimodality and Digital Technologies


Relationships in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Current PhD students supervised

Melissa Dunlop, PhD, The relationship between contemporary psychotherapy and fiction: An exploration

Susan Mackay, PhD, to be confirmed

Alexander Romanitan, PhD, to be confirmed

Junmei  Wan - Can I pray with my emotions-- An exploration of prayer with experiential counselling skills among Chinese Christians

Research summary

My current research examines how online pornography, as a capitalist industry works to manipulate desire and the ways in which ontopower (Massumi) works to influence becoming.  My interests lie in affective (non)methodologies and multimodal projects that can celebrate language alongside disparate ways of knowing and doing. A current collaboration includes - Autism in the digital age; neurodiversity, vulnerability and photography as a gesture with Agnese Silas (Edinburgh College of Art)