Dr Martin Willis
Psychology & Social Change, Psychology
As a social psychologist, Martin is particularly interested in ways in which subjectivity involves relationships between our bodies and social and material contexts.
Graduate Member of British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Martin's current research explores how process philosophy (especially that of Alfred North Whitehead) can be applied in social psychology to theorise human subjectivity. It has a particular focus on relationships between bodies (particularly emotions and feelings), thinking and socio-material contexts.
He is also working (with the Critical Values Based Practice Network) on shared decision-making in inpatient mental health care.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Cromby, J. & Willis, M.E.H. (in press). Affect – or feeling (after Leys)? Theory & Psychology.
Stacey, G., Felton, A., Morgan, A., Stickley, T., Willis, M., Diamond, B., Houghton, P., Johnson, B. & Dumenya, J. (2016). A critical narrative analysis of shared decision-making in acute, inpatient mental health care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30(1), 35-41. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1064878
Stacey, G., Felton, A., Hui, A., Stickley, T., Houghton, P., Diamond, B., Morgan, A., Shutt, J. & Willis, M. (2015). Informed, involved and influential: Three Is of shared decision making. Mental Health Practice, 19(4), 31-35. DOI: 10.7748/mhp.19.4.31.s20
Clarke, N.J., Willis, M.E.H., Barnes, J., Caddick, N., Cromby, J., McDermott, H., & Wiltshire, G. (2015). Analytical pluralism in qualitative research: A meta-study. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(2), 182-201. DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2014.948980
Cromby, J. & Willis, M.E.H. (2014). Nudging into subjectification: Governmentality and psychometrics. Critical Social Policy, 34(2), 241-259. DOI: 10.1177/0261018313500868
Barnes, J., Caddick, N., Clarke, N.J., Cromby, J., McDermott, H., Willis, M.E.H., & Wiltshire, G. (2014). Methodological pluralism in qualitative research: Reflections on a meta-study. QMiP Bulletin, 17, Special Issue: The Place of Qualitative Methods in Mixed Methods Research, 35-41.
Cromby, J., & Willis, M. (2013). England’s dreaming? UK critical psychology, 2011. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 10, 932-951.
Willis, M.E.H. (2015). Discussing Ellis and Tamboukou. Discussant paper presented at Thinking with Whitehead. Centre for Narrative Research, London, 30 November.
Willis, M.E.H. (2015). Organising feelings: Past, present and future. Invited presentation for QuAFE: Emotional Experience Across Time and In Space. London, 8 May.
Willis, M.E.H. (2015). Nurses’ feelings in the context of systemic barriers to care. Paper presented at Psychology of Emotions and Feelings. Northampton, 8 April.
Clarke, N., Willis, M., Barnes, J., Caddick, N., Cromby, J., McDermott, H., & Wiltshire, G. (2014). A meta-study of methodological pluralism in qualitative research. Paper presented as part of the 'Pluralistic qualitative data analysis in theory and practice' symposium at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. Loughborough, 1-3 September.
Stickley, T., Willis, M., Felton, A., Stacey, G., Diamond, B., Johnson, B., Morgan, A., Houghton, P., Dumenya, J., & Shutt, J. (2014). Shared decision making in mental health practice. Paper presented at Qualitative Research in Mental Health 5th Annual Conference. Chania, Crete, 2-4 September.
Willis, M.E.H. & Cromby, J. (2014a). Nurse moral distress: Contexts and coping strategies. Poster presented at Nottingham University Hospitals Annual Research Festival, “Engage, Enthuse, Empower”. Nottingham, 12 June.
Willis, M.E.H. & Cromby, J. (2014b). (Re)Enacting distress in the research interview: An affective textual analysis. Paper presented at 29th Annual PsyPAG Postgraduate Student Conference. Cardiff, 23-25 July.
Willis, M., Lazard, L., & Callaghan, J. (2010) In Britain’s best interests? Discourses of race, place and identity in British party-political manifestos. Paper presented as part of a symposium at Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference. Nottingham, 23-25 August.
Willis, M.E.H. (2015). Moral decisions, moral distress, and the psychological health of nurses. Unpublished PhD, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
Houghton, P., Stacey, G., Felton, A., Morgan, A., Stickley, T., Willis, M., Diamond, B., Johnson, B., Dumenya, J. & Shutt, J. (2014). Power and decision making on acute wards. Clinical Psychology Bite-Size, 40. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Stacey, G., Felton, A., Morgan, A., Stickley, T., Willis, M., Diamond, B., Houghton, P., Dumenya, J., Johnson, B. & Shutt, J. (2014). Shared decision making in mental health in-patient settings: Implications for practice. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Martin is also keenly interested in research methodologies and methods (particularly qualitative), including ontological, epistemological, and axiological issues. He has recently been working in the area of analytical pluralism in qualitative research. Martin is also interested in the history and philosophy of psychology, including a concern for the contexts, applications and consequences of psychological knowledge and techniques; process philosophy (particularly that of Alfred North Whitehead) and enactivist approaches to mind and cognition and how these ideas can be utilized and developed in (social and applied) psychological theory and methodology.
PY5201 Researching Psychological Worlds 2 (qualitative methods component)
PY5202 Applications of Psychobiology, Individual Differences & Social Psychology (social psychology component)
PY6301/6321/6322 Psychological Research Project (project supervisor)
PY6317 Psychology, Identity & Society
PY7153 Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (CHiPs) & Social Psychology (seminar leader)
PY7155 Independent Research Thesis (project supervisor)
Peer reviewer for:
- Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health
- New Media & Society Qualitative Research in Sport,Exercise & Health