Yarong Xie

PhD Psychology

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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7 George Square

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I attained my Bachelor (2015) and Master of Research (2017) degrees in Psychology at the University of Manchester. In 2018, I started my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, under the supervision of Dr Sue Widdicombe and Dr Eric Laurier. My PhD research sets out to learn how people report racism, 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 for the qualitative part of the undergraduate course, Research Methods & Statistics 3, for the academic terms 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Research summary

My PhD research looks into the way in which people describe and account for their or others' racial encounters. I adopt discursive psychology, conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis to guide my data collection and analysis. 

I collect and examine naturalistic materials (e.g. broadcast interviews and online forum discussions), where researchers are not involved in the production of the interactions. 

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. (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., & Kok, B. (2020). 'Discursive psychology: an overview'. KWALON, 25(2), 27-35. www.tijdschriftkwalon.nl/inhoud/tijdschrift_artikel/KW-25-2-4/Discursive-psychology-an-overview

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

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