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


  • Programme director - PhD in Counselling Studies, MScR Counselling Studies
  • Between Counselling and Research, Parts 1 and 2
  • PG Cert, Pg Dip Counselling Studies
  • Supervising masters dissertations

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

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

Creative-relational inquiry, Research-Creation, Writing as a Method of Inquiry, Autoethnography

Philosophy of Immanence, process philosophy



Relational diversity

Relationships in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Current PhD students supervised

Giulia Carozzi – Living a legitimate Space: a pendography

Perry Chan – An Ouroboric Exploration of the Hong Kong Psyche through Dreams, Social Dreaming Matrix and Containment 

Joel Liwanag - Shadows and Silences: A Creative-Relational Self-Inquiry into the Liminal Space between What Is Seen and Not Seen, What Is Said and Not Said

Kate Uher –  Whose ‘Tism’ is it? Freeing Autism from Normative Bias, a Trauma Informed Approach.

Sara Mollis - Finding Some Love in the Blood: an autoethnographic examination of parental estrangement, identity and shame

Andrew Seed - Decentring the self : a journey of the I becoming universal

Keith Evans –  Womb-life and Birth Stories: How explorations of our pre- and perinatal experiences can contribute to narratives of our Self and relational ways-of-being

Charlie Mangas – A World Worth Living In: A creative-relational inquiry into neurodivergence in the university.

Han Smith –  The Impact of Stories on my Becoming: How the past and present shape my experience as a queer, trans, Jewish person

Alex Romanitan: Man-to-man: How do I tell you you’re beautiful? Using performative writing to come to terms with intimacy between men.

Sydney Millman: Growing from Grief- An Emerging Underground Exploration of Psilocybin Mushrooms and Motherhood

Dominica Hamilton-Leathart: Realising My True Self as a Trans Woman Under the Weight of Cisheteropatriarchy: An Autoethnographic Exploration

Sylvia Hillman   - An inquiry into the lived experience of teenage mothering (and beyond) with ADHD

Lucy Dixon – Writing trauma: An inquiry into the transformation of childhood relational trauma through reflective writing and anarchiving.

Past PhD students supervised

Nandini Manjunath: Knowing-in-being a De/Colonial-New Materialist Collective Biography : Creative-Relational emergenc[i]es of inquiring into Indian women's materialities with/in Colonial-Patriarchal Intra-actions

Andrew Mark Gillott: “Where are all the bodies buried? Towards a creative-relational inquiry.”

Gael Bateman: "Follow the glow worms": a creative.~.relational wonder(ing) with trauma stories who seek and resist being told.

Elif Zapsu: The Lover: Exploring Sufi Concepts of Love and Death in Psychotherapy

Josephine Blomqvist-Almbring: A psychotherapist's narrative of coming together through the holding of Rope

Susan MacKay: Troubling Pleasures: A Creative-relational Inquiry

Melissa Dunlop: Auto/fictioning (the) Contemporary (in) Human Relations and Psychotherapeutic Processes

Junmei Wan: Finding Father, finding Mei Mei - A Chinese counsellor's exploration on the integration of EFT and Christian prayer in trauma recovery

Natalie Schiewe-Kopyra: Being a good enough mother:  an autoethnography on my experience of motherhood in the times of Covid-19 pandemic


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)