Dr Nikki Hayfield

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About me


My research interests are in bisexualities, pansexualities, asexualities, and LGBTQ+ / sexualities more widely. I have published on a range of topics including bisexual identities, bisexual marginalisation, relationships, and childfree identities. I use qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, in particular thematic analysis. I 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 a committee member of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section (PoS). I am also leader for the Identities, Subjectivities, and Inequalities theme which is part of the Social Science Research Group.

Recent projects

I am currently researching pansexual and panromantic people's experiences and understandings of pansexuality, with a Research Assistant (Karolína Křížová), funded by a BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme.

In 2018, I was invited to be keynote speaker at Bisexual – Pansexual – Omnisexual organised by Dr Christian Klesse (Manchester Metropolitan University) and hosted by Research in the Arts and Humanities public engagement programme (RAH). My talk was entitled Heart Not Parts?: Reflecting on bisexuality and the turn to non-binary identities.

In 2016, I received UWE QR funding to explore how bisexual people form and maintain intimate relationships within the wider context of bisexual marginalisation. This qualitative research was conducted with Christine Campbell (St Mary's University, Twickenham) and Lizzie Reed (Goldsmiths, University of London), alongside community group BiVisible Bristol and relationship charity OnePlusOne.

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, with Victoria Clarke (UWE, Bristol), Sonja Ellis (The University of Waikato), and Gareth Terry (Auckland University of Technology).

You can find my publications listed at the end of this page - where possible I make (pre-publication) versions publicly available via the UWE Research Repository and on academic sites such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

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. 

Editorial roles

During 2016-2018, I edited a special issue of The Journal of Family Issues with Fiona Tasker (Birkbeck, University of London), Victoria Clarke (UWE, Bristol) and Naomi Moller (The Open University). 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 (Coventry University). 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 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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