Dr Victoria Clarke

About me

Victoria joined UWE as a lecturer in social psychology in 2003. She is now an Associate Professor in Qualitative and Critical Psychology and teaches about qualitative methods, sexuality and gender to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
She has published fiver books - Out in Psychology (Wiley) with Elizabeth Peel, British Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies (Haworth) with Elizabeth Peel and Jack Drescher, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) Psychology (Cambridge University Press) with Sonja Ellis, Elizabeth Peel and Damien Riggs, Successful Qualitative Research (Sage) with Virginia Braun, and Collecting Qualitative Data (Cambridge University Press) with Virginia Braun and Debra Gray. Out in Psychology was honoured with an American Psychological Association Distinguished Book award, LGBTQ Psychology won the 2013 British Psychological Society (BPS) Book Award, and Successful Qualitative Research won the 2014 Association of Women in Psychology Distinguished Publication Award, and was shortlisted for the 2014 BPS Book Award.
She has conducted ESRC funded research on money management practices in same-sex relationships (with Carole Burgoyne and Maree Burns) and British Academy funded research on civil partnership (with Elizabeth Peel) and voluntary childlessness (with Nikki Hayfield, Sonja Ellis and Gareth Terry). She has edited numerous journal special issues and published over 70 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of LGBTQ psychology, feminist psychology, gender, lesbian and gay parenting, same-sex relationships and civil partnership, heterosexual marriage, dress, appearance and non-heterosexuality, sexuality, gender identity and education, and qualitative methods.
She is currently co-authoring a book on thematic analysis (with Virginia Braun) for Sage Publicationss and completing a research project on embryo donation for family building with Naomi Moller, Fiona Tasker, Michal Nahman and Rachel Willcox.
Victoria and Virginia Braun have developed a widely used approach to thematic analysis (TA). You can read more about their approach on their TA website: www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/thematicanalysis

Area of expertise

Qualitative methods

Thematic analysis

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) psychology

Feminist psychology

Human sexuality

Same-sex parenting

Same-sex relationships and civil partnership


LGBT issues in higher education

Sexuality, appearance and embodiment

Young people and sexuality


My Publications