As a Critical Social Psychologist my primary research interests centre upon examining relationships between power, discourse and the construction of marginalised identities and marginalised groups in the context of Peace and Conflict. I also research other aspects of identity as it relates to minority or oppressed communities. This includes Citizenship and Immigration; Gender and Homelessness; Social deprivation and Health. Working in these areas means that I am always concerned to examine how policy and identity intersect. I am expert in a range of discursive analytic methods and I also draw upon other qualitative methods.
I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 and since 2016 I have assumed departmental responsibilities for Research Leadership. I was promoted to the role of Reader in Social Psychology in 2019. I am the the REF Co-ordinator and the Impact Lead for the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Unit of Assessment 4. I am a member of the leadership team for the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology and I jointly lead one of the core research themes for the centre. I am also a member of the departmental leadership team.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Arts
- BSc Psychology
- MSc Psychology
- The Psychology of Peace and Conflict (BSc)
- Qualitative Research Methods (MSC, BSc)
- Critical Psychology (MSc, BSc)
- Social Psychology (MSc, BSc)
- Dissertation Supervision (MSc, BSc)
My research has two strands. (i) My focal concern is with the study of identity construction and oppression. My work examines the discursive construction of Peace and Conflict through a critical psychology lens. My long term goal is to contribute knowledge regarding how speakers 'talk for peace' during times of violent conflict / civil unrest.Such knowledge has the potential to inform strategies for effective peace dialogue to assist in political conflict resolution. My interest in identity also extends to other issues including Gender and Homlessness, and Citizenship. (ii) As a lead member of The Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology, I jointly lead our work on Applied Psychology and Research Methods. I also work closely with other members of the centre on projects primarily concerned with Behaviour Change.
Kilby, L. (2020). Shaking off the shackles of imposterism. Psychologist, 33, 38-41. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-33/january-2020/shaking-shackles-imposterism
Horowitz, A.D., & Kilby, L. (2019). Thinking out loud: A discourse analysis of ‘thinking’ during talk radio interactions. Text & Talk. http://doi.org/10.1515/text-2019-0235
Kilby, L. (2017). Social representations of peace in terrorism talk: a UK talk-radio analysis. Peace and Conflict, 23 (2), 106-116.
Kilby, L. (2015). Symbols of Terror : '9/11' as the Word of the Thing and the Thing of the word. Journal For The Theory Of Social Behaviour, 46 (2), 229-249. http://doi.org/10.1111/jtsb.12097
Kilby, L., & Horowitz, A.D. (2013). Opening up terrorism talk: The sequential and categorical production of discursive power within the call openings of a talk radio broadcast. Discourse and Society, 24 (6), 725-742. http://doi.org/10.1177/0957926513503270
Kilby, L., Horowitz, A.D., & Hylton, P.L. (2012). Diversity as victim to ‘realistic liberalism’: analysis of an elite discourse of immigration, ethnicity and society. Critical Discourse Studies, 10 (1), 47-60. http://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2012.736398
Horowitz, A., & Kilby, L. (2011). Sounding the death knell for pluralism: Cameron’s “muscular liberalism” and media constructions of the terrorist ‘other’. Arches Quarterly, 4 (8), 110-119. http://www.thecordobafoundation.com/attach/ARCHES_Vol4_Edition%208.PDF
Kilby, L. (2011). The psychology of strategic terrorism: public and government responses to attack. JOURNAL OF RISK RESEARCH, 14 (6), 775-777. http://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2011.555989
Kilby, L., & Lennon, H. (2018). Charlie Hebdo and the prophet Muhammad: a multimodal critical discourse analysis of peace and violence in a satirical cartoon. In Gibson, S. (Ed.) Discourse, Peace & Conflict. Discursive psychology perspectives. (pp. 303-321). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99094-1
Theses / Dissertations
Lennon, H. (2018). A UK Discourse Analysis of Belonging in Romanian Identity and Immigratory Accounts. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Kilby, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00126
Henry Lennon (2013-2017) ‘Untold stories’: A multi-perspective Discourse Analysis of Romania to UK ‘migration’. (Director of Studies)
Suzanne Hodgson (commenced 2016, PT). Grounded Theory of Men's Transition to Fatherhood (Director of Studies)
Adam Bates (commenced 2019). 'You gotta fight for your Rights': Constructing peace and violence within the context of political protests and popular demonstrations. (Director of Studies)
Douglas Wells (commenced 2017, PT). Exploring objective and subjective architectures surrounding UK OSINT policing of 'domestic extremism'. (Second supervisor)
Madelaine Leather (commenced 2019). Exploring barriers and solutions to helping women in Darnall, Sheffield to introduce more activity into their daily routines using a COM- B and behaviour change wheel approach. (Second supervisor)