Dr. Kirsty Budds

Title: Lecturer in Psychology
Phone: +44 (0)1782 734265
Email: k.budds@keele.ac.uk
Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 1.73
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I joined the School of Psychology at Keele as a Lecturer in September 2013. Prior to this I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lancaster University. I studied for my PhD in Critical Social Psychology at the University of Huddersfield and, before that, my BSc in Psychology at Loughborough University.

My broad research interests are in psychology and gender, health, and parenting. Most recently, I have been interested in understanding discourses and ideologies of motherhood and how they impact upon women’s experiences and subjectivities as new mothers. I am also interested in developments in qualitative research methodologies in psychology; in particular, forms of discourse analysis.

Currently, I sit on two committees within the British Psychological Society. I am the Web Officer of the Social Psychology Section (SPS), and Press Officer for the Psychology of Women Section (POWS). I am also a member of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA). 

I am a critical social psychologist, with an interest in parenting and, in particular, the experience of motherhood.

In my PhD I explored the experience of 'older' mothers - defined as women who have their first babies over 35. Currently, I am working on a project with colleagues from Lancaster University, looking at the experiences of women during the transition to motherhood and how this is shaped by cultural definitions of 'good' mothering.

I'm also have research interests in women's health and the psychology of health risks, and would be happy to receive applications from PhD students in any of these areas.


  • Budds, K., Hogg, M., Banister, E., & Dixon, M. (in press). Parenting agendas: An empirical study of intensive mothering and infant cognitive development. The Sociological Review.
  • Kent, A., Berry, D.M., Budds, K., Skipper, Y., & Williams, H.L. (in press). Promoting writing amongst peers: Establishing a writing group for early career psychologists. Higher Education Research and Development.
  • Budds, K., Locke, A. & Burr, V. (2017). Using discourse analysis in social psychology. In J. Brooks, & N. King (Eds.), Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Palgrave.
  • Budds, K., Locke, A., & Burr, V. (2016). "For some people it isn't a choice, it's just how it happens": Accounts of 'delayed' motherhood among middle-class women in the UK. Feminism & Psychology, 26, 170-187
  • Banister, E., Hogg, M., Budds, K., & Dixon, M. (2015). Becoming respectable: Low-income young mothers, consumption and the pursuit of value. Journal of Marketing Management [online first]
  • Budds, K., Locke, A., & Burr, V. (2014) ‘Combining forms of discourse analysis: A critical discursive psychological approach to the study of ‘older’ motherhood’. SAGE Cases in Methodology.
  • Locke, A. and Budds, K. (2013) ‘‘We thought if it’s going to take two years then we need to start that now’: Age, infertility risk and the timing of pregnancy in older first-time mothers’ Health, Risk and Society, 15, pp. 525-542.
  • Budds, K., Locke, A. and Burr, V. (2013) ‘Risky Business: Constructing the ‘choice’ to ‘delay’ motherhood in the British press’ Feminist Media Studies, 13 (1), pp. 132-147.

Research Reports:

  • Locke, A. & Budds, K. (2013) Experiences of Early Infant Feeding. University of Huddersfield, UK.
  • Fraser, C., Manby, M., Budds, K., McMahon, S., Percival, J., and Frampton, G. (2011). Assessing the Impact of Children's Centre Services on Socially Excluded Families in Oldham. Oldham Council, UK

Book Reviews:

  • Budds, K. (2014) Book Review: M. Nash (2012) Making Postmodern Mothers, Feminism & Psychology
  • PSY 10018 - Individuals in Society
  • PSY 10017 - Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 20013 - Survey and Qualitative Methods
  • PSY 30097 - Contemporary Research in Social Psychology
  • PSY 30067 - Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • PSY 30061 - Psychology Project
  • PSY 30115 - Gender and Psychology (Module Leader)
  • PSY 40036 - MSc Qualitative Methods (module leader)
  • PSY 40037 - Contemporary Research in Psychology (Module Leader