Dr Lita Crociani-Windland

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About me

Following an early career teaching early years and then leading a specialist residential college for young people with moderate to severe learning difficulties and disabilities, Lita first came to UWE to join an innovative Masters of Science degree in Group Relations and Society, just as Psycho-Social Studies was establishing itself as its own distinctive field and the then Centre for Psycho-Social Studies was launched at UWE.  Graduating with a First and a Women in Research prize, she obtained a bursary for Doctoral Studies and began teaching in Sociology.  Her Doctorate was awarded with no revisions and her research has since been published as a book. She now leads the Psycho-Social Studies and Therapeutic Practices  theme, part of the UWE Social Science Research Group


Lita's commitment to teaching and support for students saw her shortlisted in 2018 for a UWE Student Union award for dedication to student welfare. Over time she has nurtured thousands of students through their first year at University and supervised many third year projects, while also leading Master level programmes, one in collaboration with an external specialist education provider.  She has supervised five doctoral students to successful completion and is currently supervising a further four.  She has been external examiner for Goldsmiths, University of London, BA Psychosocial Studies.  


Lita was a founding member of the Association for Psycho-Social Studies, and is currently a member of its executive committee. She is also Co-Chair of the US based Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.  Both Associations run international conferences and are linked to two international journals: the Journal of Psycho-Social Studies and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and she is a regular peer reviewer for these and for a range of other academic journals as well as reviewer for the ESRC and other funding bodies.   

She is a British Psychoanalytic Council Scholar and a director of the Centre for Social Dreaming.  

Area of expertise


Psycho-Social Studies and methodologies, particularly interested in theories of affect and continental philosophy; festivals and ritual studies; Group Relations and organisational dynamics; Sociology of Disability and Social Pedagogy.



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