Yarong Xie

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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7 George Square

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I completed a Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2015. Having worked for a year in the business sector, I returned to the same university to complete a Master of Research degree, where I developed a strong interest in qualitative research methods. 

In April 2018, I started my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, under the supervision of Dr Sue Widdicombe and Dr Eric Laurier (School of Geosciences). My PhD research sets out to learn how people report racism, in the light of discursive psychology.


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

MRes Psychology, University of Manchester, 2016-2017

Responsibilities & affiliations

I have been an instructor for the qualitative part of the undergraduate course, Research Methods & Statistics 3, for the academic terms 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Research summary

My primary research interest is the way in which people describe and account for their or others' racist encounters.

I adopt discursive psychology as my main research method, but I am also intersted in its allied methodologies such as conversation analysis and ethnomethodology.

I mostly examine naturalistic interactions, e.g. broadcasted interviews and online forum posts. 

Papers delivered

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 Article

Xie, Y., Yaqoob, A., Mansell, W., & Tai, S. (2019). 'A Qualitative Investigation of Stress Related to Studying Architecture at Degree Level in the UK'. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474022219871001

Other Contributions

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

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.