Dr Nikki Hayfield

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About me

My research interests are primarily exploring i) reproductive lives and ii) bisexualities, pansexualities, asexualities, and sexualities more widely.

You can find a full list of my publications reporting on my research at the end of this page - where possible I make (pre-publication) versions publicly available via the UWE Research Repository and on ResearchGate.

I use qualitative data in my research and have written papers, chapters, and a book about qualitative research methods. 

I am a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist.

Recent book projects

I co-authored Essentials of Thematic Analysis with Gareth Terry (Auckland University of Technology) which was published in 2021 as part of the American Psychological Association's Essentials of Qualitative Methods book series.

My book entitled Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and challenging invisibility and invalidation was published in July 2020 and you can read the first chapter free of charge by clicking on preview this title on the publisher's page.

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 undergraduate dissertation.

After a brief break from academia to visit Australia, I returned to the UK and completed my PhD on bisexual women's visual identities.

After completing my PhD in 2011, I primarily focused my research on marginalised identities, including bisexualities, pansexualities, and asexualities.

Current areas of focus

Most recently, I have turned my focus to several specific areas of interest that broadly relate to reproduction and relationships – these include sexualities and relationships, childfree identities, and peri/menopause.

I have a love of various forms of motor racing and after a student proposed a project on sexualities and motorsport, I am now conducting a small study with them on this topic - the results will be fed back to Motorsport UK.

I am currently Editor-in-Chief for Sex Roles, a Consulting Editor for Feminism & Psychology, and a member of the Editorial Board for Women's Reproductive Health, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. I also regularly review for a number of psychology and qualitative methods journals.

I try to do all the things that most academics do - present at conferences, deliver public talks, publish chapter and papers, write books, submit applications to secure research funding, and work with organisations wherever possible. If you want to see my CV for more details of all these things, then please do get in touch.


  • Human Sexualities (Level 3 undergraduate)


I currently supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects and would be delighted to consider applications from potential PhD students on topics that fit my current areas of research focus. I am particularly keen to supervise students who are interested in conducting qualitative research around peri/menopause. Please get in touch if you have an idea for a PhD that you think I would be a good fit to supervise. 


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