Dr Nikki Hayfield

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  • Qualifications:Psychology PhD, Psychology BSc
  • Position:Associate Head of Department (Research and Knowledge Exchange)
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 82139
  • Email:Nikki2.Hayfield@uwe.ac.uk

About me

About Me

I research bisexualities, pansexualities, asexualities, and LGBTQ+ / sexualities more widely and have published on a range of topics including bisexual identities, marginalisation, and relationships. I also have a second strand of research exploring perimenopause and menopause.

I use qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, in particular thematic analysis, and have written about qualitative research methods, including thematic analysis, insider/outsider research, and story completion tasks. 

I am a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist and am currently theme lead for the Identities, Subjectivities, and Inequalities theme - part of the Social Science Research Group.

Recent projects

My book on bisexuality, pansexuality, and asexual spectrum identities was published in July 2020.

I am co-author of an APA book on thematic analysis with Gareth Terry which is due to be published in 2021.

In 2020 I was invited keynote speaker at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Sexualities Section online AGM.

I am currently working with Chris Campbell on a study exploring students' stories about peri/menopause.

In 2018 I worked with Karolína Křížová to research pansexual/panromantic identities, funded by a BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme.

In 2018 I was invited keynote speaker at Bisexual – Pansexual – Omnisexual (organised by Dr Christian Klesse and hosted by the Research in the Arts and Humanities public engagement programme).

In 2016, I received UWE QR funding to explore how bisexual people's relationships within the wider context of bisexual marginalisation with Christine Campbell and Lizzie Reed, alongside community group BiVisible Bristol and relationship charity OnePlusOne.

In 2014, Victoria Clarke, Sonja EllisGareth Terry, and I, were funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust to research the lived experiences of heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and queer women who choose not to have children.

Area of expertise


I began my research as an undergraduate student when I explored women's understandings of sex and affection for my final year dissertation. After a brief break from academia to visit Australia, I returned to the UK. My PhD was a feminist 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 held a number of research roles which included projects on civil partnerships, and bisexuality. Since then I've continued to focus on researching sexualities and marginalised identities using qualitative methods.

Editorial roles

During 2016-2018, I edited a special issue of The Journal of Family Issues with Fiona Tasker, Victoria Clarke, and Naomi Moller. This developed from our BPS funded seminar series, New Frontiers of Family: LGBTQ family members pushing back the boundaries of family

In 2017, I was a guest editor for a special issue of Psychology of Sexualities Review on bisexualities and non-binary identities, with Adam Jowett. You can access the special issue here.

I serve as an Associate Editor for Psychology & Sexuality, a Consulting Editor for Feminism & Psychology and as a reviewer for various journals, including the Journal of BisexualitySexualitiesJournal of Homosexuality, and Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Event Organisation

I have organised and co-organised of a number of events, including the PoS Annual Conference, a week-long residential Qualitative Research International Summer School at UWE (with Victoria Clarke and Virginia Braun), and CPD events on qualitative methods and thematic analysis.


I teach about sexualities, and qualitative research methods on undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

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


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