Dr Rachel Jane Liebert
Lecturer, Clinical and Community Psychology
Mental Health and Social Change
My research is guided by decolonizing and feminist studies, mapping the circulation of psy within politics of terror and experimenting with participatory and creative methodologies. Most recently, this has involved sketching the connections between paranoia and white supremacy, and between imagination and the otherworldly. In doing so I am developing a concept of 'psycurity' that directs attention to a war on imagination within neocolonial security states. I also have a strong commitment to collaborating with artists and communities for social change, which in the past has included working on projects challenging police brutality, educational injustice, the privatisation of sex, and the securitisation of madness. In 2016 my/our work was recognised by the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry for its “outstanding” experimentation with method. I have manuscript in print for Routledge’s Concepts for Critical Psychology book series entitled, ‘Psycurity: Colonialism, Paranoia, and the War on Imagination’, and am working with Dr Stephanie Davis and Dr Tehseen Noorani on a public engagement project to explore decolonisation as a mode of healing.