Dr Harvey Humphrey

Teaching Fellow

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24 Buccleuch Place

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  • Mondays and Tuesdays


I am an interdisciplinary creative social 'scientist' with a background in co-production and creative methods. My work cuts across trans studies and queer disability studies. I care about working with communities within these disciplines and I often focus on those marginalised or excluded by research or those with a mistrust of research processes. I draw on a range of creative methods to make these research relationships work because I think creative approaches can give us a way in to sociological stories that are hard to tell and hard to hear.


I have previously worked at the University of Northumbria and the University of Strathclyde on co-produced and creative projects. I also have a background working and volunteering in Student Unions. I am a published poet and I produce and perform sociological poetry.


My PhD, from the University of Glasgow, addressed trans and intersex activist relationships across Australia, Malta and the UK with the use of ethnodrama. During an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Strathclyde I staged this work as a piece of ethnotheatre (a play) with a cast and crew with a connection to the LGBTI community most of whom were queer and trans.


PhD Sociology (University of Glasgow);

MRes Equality and Human Rights (University of Glasgow);

MA Critical and Cultural Theory (Cardiff University);

BA(hons) English Studies (University of Stirling)

Undergraduate teaching

Understanding and Investigation: Methods for Health Research

Research summary

Creative Representation

I tried to find the words but they wouldn’t come

struggling to write, all my thoughts come undone

overwhelmed by the burden

of representation

of real people with a real story

so I added creativity

Swapping out one truth for another

Replacing one place with the other

removed from context, out of time

Freed up these stories, theirs not mine

their many truths overlapped in rhyme

Through this I found the words, their words

Their expression, their phrasing, their terms

to do justice to their stories, contexts

to make sense of relationships so complex

offers an analysis that respects complex contexts

Current research interests

co-production and participatory methodologies; creative methods, trans studies, queer disability studies; poststructuralism, ethics, queer theory, temporality, poetry

Knowledge exchange

As Is play, 2022

Past project grants

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Strathclyde
ESRC Studentship, University of glasgow