Dr Emily Le Roux-Rutledge

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About me

Emily is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, and Chair of the UWE Global Migration Network. Her research examines the identities of marginalised groups in global contexts. She is presently looking at how the identities of refugee and diaspora groups in the UK are affected by ongoing violence in their countries of origin. Broadly, she looks at how people interpret media, construct narratives about themselves, and negotiate their identities in the face of local and global public narratives about who they are and should be. She uses primarily qualitative methodologies, and takes a narrative approach to identity.

Her previous research includes studies of how public narratives about women in rural South Sudan affect the achievement of international gender and development goals, how children in rural Zimbabwe view HIV/AIDS-affected boys and girls differently, and how radio programmes designed to empower women in Afghanistan impact their listeners.

Emily formerly held a Lectureship in Social Psychology at the University of Surrey, and has taught at both the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics in 2017, her MSc in Social and Public Communication from the London School of Economics in 2007, and her BA (Honours) in International Relations and English from the University of Toronto in 2004.

Prior to her academic career, Emily spent ten years working in the field of international development, managing research for organisations using media and communication for development, and she continues to work as a consultant in this sector.

She has conducted research in more than 20 countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Niger, South Africa, South Sudan, Senegal, Serbia, Tanzania and Uganda, and has lived in Canada, Kenya, France, Bangladesh and the UK.

Area of expertise

  • Identity
  • Narrative
  • Migration
  • Gender
  • Media
  • International Development
  • Health Communication


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