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, 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 a committee member of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section (PoS) committee. 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.

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

In 2016 I received UWE funding to conduct an interview study which investigated how bisexual people form and maintain intimate relationships within the wider context of bisexual marginalisation. This research was conducted with Christine Campbell (St Mary's University, Twickenham) and Lizzie Reed (Goldsmiths, University of London). We also worked with 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, in collaboration 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. You can also find my publications on various 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 project. 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 research on civil partnership 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 (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 and a Consulting Editor for Feminism & Psychology and as a reviewer for journals including Journal of BisexualityJournal of HomosexualitySexualities, and Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Event Organisation

I have organised and co-organised of a number of events, including the PoS 20th Anniversary Conference, the POS Innovations in Psychology and Sexualities 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 both undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Conducting and Evaluating Psychological Research
  • Research, Design & Analysis
  • Human Sexualities​


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