Edgar Rodriguez-Dorans

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Background

Edgar Rodriguez-Dorans holds a PhD in Counselling Studies and is interested in the study of LGBTQ lives, identities, sexuality, dynamics in couple relationships, and the use of performing arts in research. He has presented his work in Mexico, Canada, U.K., Malta, France, and New Zealand.

He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, a Mental Health Mentor at the Student Disability Service, and a Volunteer Counsellor at Arkordia – a Scottish Charity offering low cost, psychotherapy, art therapy, and counselling services to those on low incomes. Edgar works from an integrative approach to counselling. His work has been centred on people living with chronic conditions.

He has tutored for postgraduate courses in Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Applied Social Sciences and has lectured at the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Universidad del Valle de Mexico. Two of his most recent endeavours are his role as co-host of 'Tales from the Tea Room', a podcast that touches upon the subtleties, the existential, and 'the everyday' qualities of gay men's lives, and host of the reading group 'The Everyday Lives of LGBTQ Peoples', which explores what it means to think about LGBTQ peoples through 'the ordinary' to better understand the grand narratives that shape their (our) existence.

Qualifications

Ph.D. Counselling Studies │ University of Edinburgh Research project: Understanding gay men’s identities through narratives of their erotic and romantic relationships

M.A. Counselling │ Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City Research project: The use of performing arts in counselling, a qualitative study on a theatre group

B.Sc. Psychology │ Universidad Intercontinental, Mexico City Research project: Relationship styles in Mexican gay men from three different generations, a comparative study

Responsibilities & affiliations

Counsellor member of COSCA, Scotland's professional body for counselling and psychotherapy.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

No

Conference details

2017, Speaker at the ‘Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Research Showcase’, for which I got a research grant to present my work ‘Understanding gay men’s identities’.

2016, Winner of the People’s Choice Award for delivering a compelling spoken presentation on my research topic and its significance, at the University Final of the ‘Three Minute Thesis Competition’. Video available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKnnSn1Uttk

2015, Winner of the ‘Festival of Creative Learning Grant’, organising the knowledge exchange event ‘Purple’, a theatre of debate session based on a tragic-magic play of a gay couple.

2014, Winner of the ‘Universitas 21 Research Grant’ to give a talk on my research at the ‘Graduate Research Conference, Celebrating Ageing Research’ at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

2014, 2012, University delegate at the ‘International Conference of Arts and Sciences’ (IJAS) at the University of Malta.

2007, 2008 and 2012, Speaker at the International Conference ‘Hope: Probing the Boundaries and The Erotic: Exploring Critical Issues’ (Interdisciplinary Net) University of Oxford, U.K.

2007 and 2008, Speaker at the international conference on ‘The Verge Art Symposium Series: Art as Social Action’ at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada.

Invited speaker

2019, Keynote Speaker at the 3rd European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry with the project 'Heavier than Air' in collaboration with Anne Harris and Stacy Holman Jones

2018, Guest speaker. Seminar ‘When a Kiss is an act of resistance: counselling with gay men and men who feel attracted to other men’ delivered at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.

2018, Arts-based knowledge exchange event ‘With Our Clipped Wings’, a narrative performance based on the main findings of my doctoral research project.