Yarong Xie


I completed my Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester. 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 lived racism, in the light of discursive psychology.


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

MRes Psychology, University of Manchester, 2016-2017

Research summary

My main research interest is people's descriptions and accounts of experiencing racism, and the use of discursive psychology and its allied research methods such as conversation analysis and ethnomethodology.

I mostly examine naturalistic interactions, such as broadcasted interviews and online forum posts. 

Knowledge exchange

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, pp.1-19. 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.

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