Dr Simon Goodman

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 207 8671

E: simon.goodman@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I use discursive psychology to address a number of issues. Much of this research explores the discursive construction of asylum seekers and refugees in which I have focussed on the ways in which potentially prejudicial arguments against asylum seekers are presented as reasonable and non-prejudicial. In addition, my work focuses on what is, and what is not, considered to be racist particularly with regard to asylum seeking. My research also explores the (largely negative) experiences of asylum seekers in the UK and the ways in which they make complaints and resist their negative presentations. My other interest include online hate speech, the British public’s understanding of income inequality and high earners, as well as the ways in which the far right attempt to present their policies as acceptable and non-racist.

Research interests/expertise

  • Representations of Refugees
  • Experiences of Refugees
  • Prejudice and Hate Talk
  • Income Inequality
  • Political Debate
  • Discursive and Rhetorical Psychology

Areas of teaching

Qualitative Methods


  • PhD in Psychology from the University of Manchester
  • MRes in Psychology from Brunel University
  • BSc (hons) Psychology and Sociology from Brunel University

Membership of external committees

Committee member of both the Qualitative Methods in Psychology and Social Psychology sections of the British Psychological Society

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Psychological Society
  • International Society for Political Psychology

Professional licences and certificates

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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