Yarong Xie

PhD Psychology

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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7 George Square

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I started my PhD in the University of Edinburgh in April 2018. I work under the supervision of Dr Sue Widdicombe and Dr Eric Laurier.

My PhD research looks into how people report racism in and for the public, using discursive psychology and conversation analysis.


BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Manchester, 2011-2015

MRes Psychology, University of Manchester, 2016-2017

Responsibilities & affiliations

I have been an instructor/tutor in qualitative research methods for undergraduate psychology students since the academic term 2018.

Research summary

My PhD research examines the way in which people describe and account for their or others' racial encounters in and for the public. I adopt discursive psychology, conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis to guide my data collection and analysis. I am interested in collecting and analysing naturalistic materials (e.g. broadcast interviews and online forum discussions). 

Knowledge exchange

Xie, Y. (2020, October). 'Reporting Racism’. Presentation on Graduate Women Scotland Research Presentation Day, Online. https://gwseast.org/2020/10/26/research-presentation-day-2020/

Xie, Y. (2019, March). 'Reporting racism: A modest proposal’. Presentation at Brown Bag Lunch Seminars, University of Edinburgh.

Xie, Y. (2018, November). 'Reporting racism: A modest proposal’. Presentation at EMCA Doctoral Network Event, King’s College London. 

Papers delivered

Xie, Y. & Widdicombe, S. (2021, August). Report Racism. Poster Presentation at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference 2021, Virtual.

Xie, Y. & Widdicombe, S. (2021, June). Report Racism. Presentation at 1st Conference of the Association of European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology (EQuiP), Online.

Xie, Y. (2020, June). Report Racism. Presentation at European Conference on Conversation Analysis, Online. (Best Presentation Award).

Xie, Y. & Widdicombe, S. (2019, August). Report Racism. Presentation at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference 2019, York.

Dr Sue Widdicombe

Dr Eric Laurier

Journal Articles

Xie, Y., Kirkwood, S., Laurier, E., & Widdicombe, S. (2021). Racism and Misrecognition. British Journal of Social Psychology, 60(4), 1177-1195. doi:10.1111/bjso.12480

Xie, Y., Yaqoob, A., Mansell, W., & Tai, S. (2021). A qualitative investigation of stress related to studying architecture at degree level in the UK. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 20(1), 3–20. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474022219871001 

Xie, Y., & Kok, B. (2020). 'Discursive psychology: an overview'. KWALON, 25(2), 27-35. DOI:10.5117/2020.025.002.004

Book Chapter

Widdicombe, S., & Xie, Y. (2020). Authentic identity as an achievement: a view from discursive psychology. In J. P. Williams & K. C. Schwarz (Eds.), Studies on the Social Construction of Identity and Authenticity (pp. 107-123). Routledge.

Other Publications

Xie, Y. (2019, May). 'Event Review: Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Doctoral Network Event, King’s College London, 1-2 November 2018'. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 27, 51-53. ISSN: 2044-0820.

Xie, Y. (2018, December). 'Book Review: A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT using Method of Levels Therapy By Warren Mansell, Timothy A. Carey, and Sara J. Tai'. PSYPAG Quarterly, 109, 50-51. ISSN: 1746-6016. http://www.psypag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Quarterly-December-2018.pdf