Dr Nikki Hayfield

About me

My research interests are in sexualities, marginalised identities, relationships, and alternative families. My focus is on qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. I have published on a range of topics including bisexual identities, bisexual marginalisation, relationships, and childfree identities. I have also published book chapters and journal papers on qualitative research methods, including thematic analysis, insider/outsider research, and story completion tasks. 

My most recent project was funded by UWE and was an interview study which explored how bisexual people form and maintain intimate relationships within the wider context of 'biphobia' and bisexual marginalisation. This research was conducted in collaboration with Lizzie Reed (UWE) and Christine Campbell (St Mary's University, Twickenham). If you are interested in hearing more about this research, then you can see the project report in my publications list (below).

I have also conducted British Academy / Leverhulme Trust funded research on the lived experiences of heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual and queer women who choose not to have children, in collaboration with Victoria Clarke (UWE, Bristol), Sonja Ellis (Australian Catholic University), and Gareth Terry (The University of Auckland).

I serve as an Associate Editor for Psychology & Sexuality and a Consulting Editor for Feminism & Psychology. I also act as a reviewer for a number of other journals, including Journal of BisexualityJournal of HomosexualitySexualities, Sex RolesArchives of Sexual Behavior, and Gender & Society.

In 2017 I was a guest editor for a special issue of Psychology of Sexualities Review focusing on bisexuality, with Dr Adam Jowett (Coventry University). You can access the special issue here: https://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/psychology-of-sexualities-review-vol-8-no-2-winter-2017.html

I am also a guest editor on a special issue of The Journal of Family Issues entitled: New Frontiers of Family:  LGBTQ family members pushing back the boundaries of family, with Fiona Tasker (Birkbeck, University of London), Victoria Clarke (UWE, Bristol) and Naomi Moller (The Open University). New Frontiers of Family was a seminar series we organised, exploring non-traditional family forms.

I am a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Psychology of Sexualities Section (POS) committee. I have organised of a number of events, including the POS Innovations in Psychology and Sexualities Conference and a week-long residential Qualitative Research International Summer School (with Victoria Clarke and Virginia Braun) at UWE. 

My PhD was a feminist mixed-methods exploration of bisexual women's (visual) identities (completed in the Centre for Appearance Research and supervised by Victoria Clarke, Emma Halliwell, Nichola Rumsey, and Helen Malson). During and after my PhD, I contributed to research on civil partnership, perceptions of bisexuality, appearance, and charity volunteerism.

Area of expertise

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology. Alongside my research I teach social psychology, sexualities, and qualitative research methods on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Conducting and Evaluating Psychological Research (Qualitative Methods)
  • Research, Design & Analysis (Qualitative Methods)
  • Human Sexualities

My Publications