Professor Steve Brown

Professor of Social and Organisational PsychologySteve Brown

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  • Office: Room 513, Level 5, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details

I have published over one hundred journal articles, book chapters and reports on the social psychological aspects of memory, emotion and organisation. I am the author of three books - Vital Memory and Affect: Living with a Difficult Past (with Paula Reavey), Psychology without Foundations: History, Philosophy and Psychosocial Theory (with Paul Stenner) and The Social Psychology of Experience: Studies in Remembering and Forgetting (with David Middleton). I have also been awarded research grants from the Leverhulme Trust (to study the memorialisation of British identity); Arts and Humanities Research Council (to study commemorations of the 2005 London Bombings); the Economic and Social Research Council (for projects on: fear of crime in urban communities; learning in and for interagency working; the electronic mediation of meetings); the Mental Health Foundation (to study experiences of elderly mental health service users) and the European Union (to study topological approach to cultural dynamics). I currently share the role of Associate Dean for Research within the School.



Social remembering; collective affect; vulnerable groups experiences of organisation; process philosophy (esp. Deleuze, Bergson, James); contemporary philosophy of organization; science and technology studies.


Research Interests Social and institutional remembering; discourse analysis and qualitative methodologies; contemporary philosophy of organisation.


  • Prof S Brown (100%) Conflicts of Memory: Mediating and Commemorating the 2005 London Bombings, From: 4/1/2008 - To: 3/1/2011, funded by ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AH/E002579/1), Sum Awarded: £34910
  • Prof S Brown (100%) ATACD: A topological approach to cultural dynamics, From: 10/10/2007 - To: 31/3/2010, funded by CEC (043415), Sum Awarded: £5213
  • Brown Dr S LEVERHULME-WAGE GROWTH AND RISK AVERSION, From: 1/6/2004 - To: 31/5/2006, funded by THE LEVERHULME TRUST(F/00212/J), Sum Awarded: £49917


  • Critical management studies
  • Critical social psychology
  • Science & technology studies


Reavey P, Wilcock R, Brown SD, Batty R, Fuller S (2016) Legal professionals and witness statements from people with a suspected mental health diagnosis. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY, 46, pp. 94-102 10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.02.040

Allen M, Brown SD (2016) Undecided life: Standards, subjects, and sovereignty in compensating victims of the war on terror. THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY, 26 (2), pp. 263-283 10.1177/0959354316638473

Brown SD, Reavey P (2016) Institutional forgetting/Forgetting institutions: Space and memory in secure forensic psychiatric care. In: Weik E, Walgenbach P (Eds.) Institutions Inc pp. 7-29

Scully M, Brown SD, King T (2016) Becoming a Viking: DNA testing, genetic ancestry and placeholder identity. ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, 39 (2), pp. 162-180 10.1080/01419870.2016.1105991

Allen M, Brown SD (2016) Memorial meshwork: The making of the commemorative space of the Hyde Park 7/7 Memorial. ORGANIZATION, 23 (1), pp. 10-28 10.1177/1350508415605103

Brown SD, Reavey P (2016) Institutional forgetting/forgetting institutions: Space and memory in secure forensic psychiatric care. Institutions Inc. pp. 7-29 10.1057/9781137481498 ISBN13: 9781137481498

Brown SD, Allen M, Reavey P (2015) Remembering 7/7: The collective shaping of survivors' personal memories of the 2005 London bombing. Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies pp. 428-441 10.4324/9780203762844 ISBN13: 9781134477562

Brown SD, Reavey P (2015) Dilemmas of memory: The mind is not a tape recorder. Discursive Psychology: Classic and Contemporary Issues pp. 210-223 10.4324/9781315863054 ISBN13: 9781317950547

Brown S, Reavey P (2015) Vital Memory and Affect Living with a difficult past. ISBN10: 1317499484 ISBN13: 9781317499480

Brown SD, Reavey P (2015) Turning around on experience: The 'expanded view' of memory within psychology. MEMORY STUDIES, 8 (2), pp. 131-150 10.1177/1750698014558660

Cluley R, Brown SD (2015) The dividualised consumer: sketching the new mask of the consumer. Journal of Marketing Management, 31, pp. 107-122 10.1080/0267257X.2014.958518

Brown SD (2015) Health in the experience ecology. Psicologia della Salute, (1), pp. 37-41

Cluley R, Brown SD (2014) The dividualised consumer: sketching the new mask of the consumer. Journal of Marketing Management, 10.1080/0267257X.2014.958518

Kanyeredzi A, Reavey P, Brown SD (2014) The role of the visual in narratives of violence: Co-creating fissures. The Entrepreneurial University: Engaging Publics, Intersecting Impacts pp. 161-182 10.1057/9781137275875 ISBN13: 9781137275875

Brown SD, Reavey P, Kanyeredzi A, Batty R (2014) Transformations of self and sexuality: psychologically modified experiences in the context of forensic mental health. Health (London), 18 (3), pp. 240-260 10.1177/1363459313497606

Brown SD, Reavey P, Kanyeredzi A, Batty R (2014) Transformations of self and sexuality: psychologically modified experiences in the context of forensic mental health. Health (London, England : 1997), 18 (3), pp. 240-260 10.1177/1363459313497606

Brown SD, Reavey P (2014) Vital memories: Movements in and between affect, ethics and self. Memory Studies, 7 (3), pp. 328-338 10.1177/1750698014530622

Scully M, King T, Brown SD (2013) Remediating Viking Origins: Genetic Code as Archival Memory of the Remote Past. Sociology, 47 (5), pp. 921-938 10.1177/0038038513493538

Brown SD (2013) Un acercamiento topologico a la psicologia. In: Restrepo Forero O (Eds.) Ensemblado Heteroglosias, Tomo 2 pp. 183-193

Brown SD, Stenner P (2013) Psychology as history and philosophy. The Psychologist, 11 (4), pp. 172-175

Brown SD, Reavey P (2013) Experience and memory. In: Keightley E, Pickering M (Eds.) Research Methods for Memory Studies pp. 45-59

Brown SD (2012) Memory and mathesis: For a topological approach to psychology. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 29 (4/5), pp. 137-164

Brown SD (2012) Two minutes of silence: Social technologies of public commemoration. Theory & Psychology, 22 (2), pp. 234-252 10.1177/0959354311429031

Brown SD (2012) Experiment: Abstract experimentalism. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social pp. 61-75 10.4324/9780203854921 ISBN13: 9780203854921

Patterson A, Cromby J, Brown SD, Gross H, Locke A (2011) 'It all boils down to respect doesn't it?': Enacting a sense of community in a deprived inner-city area. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (4), pp. 342-357 10.1002/casp.1078

Allen MJ, Brown SD (2011) Embodiment and living memorials: The affective labour of remembering the 2005 london bombings. Memory Studies, 4 (3), pp. 312-327 10.1177/1750698011402574

Brown SD (2011) Memory and space in the work of Maurice Halbwachs. In: Meusburger P, Heffernan M, Wunder E (Eds.) Cultural Memories: The geographical point of view pp. 29-49 ISBN10: 9048189446 ISBN13: 9789048189441

Brown SD (2011) Actor-Network Theory. In: Maclaran P, Parsons E, Tadajewski M, Parker M (Eds.) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies pp. 24-28 ISBN10: 1849205698 ISBN13: 9781849205696

Brown SD, Goodings L (2011) Textuality and visuality in MySpace communication. In: Reavey P (Eds.) Visual methods in psychology: Using and interpreting images in qualitative research pp. 87-102

Brown SD, Cromby J, Harper DJ, Johnson K, Reavey P (2011) Researching Experience: Embodiment, methodology, process. Theory & Psychology, 21 (4), pp. 493-515 10.1177/0959354310377543

Brown SD (2011) A topology of the sensible. New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics, (72), pp. 162-170

Brown SD (2011) Rats, elephants and bees as matters of concern. Common Knowledge, 17 (1), pp. 71-76

Brown SD, Bendien E, Reavey P (2010) Social remembering as an art of living: Analysis of a 'reminiscence museum'. In: Schillmeier M, Domènech M (Eds.) New Technologies and Emerging Spaces of Care pp. 149-167 ISBN10: 0754678644 ISBN13: 9780754678649

Cameron A, Lightfoot G, Lilley S, Brown SD (2010) Placing the 'post-social' market: Identity and spatiality in the xeno-economy. Marketing Theory, 10 (3), pp. 299-312 10.1177/1470593110373182

Brown SD, Middleton D (2010) Experience and memory: Imaginary futures in the past. In: Erll A, Nünning A, Young SBCOL (Eds.) A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies ISBN10: 3110229986 ISBN13: 9783110229981

Brown SD (2010) Preface. In: Bruun Jensen C (Eds.) Ontologies for developing things: Making health care futures through technology pp. xi-xii

Brown SD, Lilley S, Lim M, Shukaitis S (2010) The state of things. Ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 10 (2), pp. 90-94

Brown SD, Tucker I (2010) Eff the ineffable: Affect, somatic management and mental health service users. In: Gregg M, Seigworth G (Eds.) The Affect Theory Reader pp. 229-249

Brown SD, Hoskins A (2010) Terrorism in the new memory ecology: Mediating and remembering the 2005 London Bombings. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2 (2), pp. 87-107

Ashmore M, Brown SD (2010) On changing one's mind twice: The strange credibility of recovered memories. In: Haaken J, Reavey P (Eds.) Memory Matters: Contexts for understanding childhood sexual abuse pp. 17-40 ISBN10: 0415444918 ISBN13: 9780415444910

Cromby J, Brown SD, Gross H, Locke A, Patterson AE (2010) Constructing crime, enacting morality: Emotion, crime and anti-social behaviour in an inner-city community. The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society, 50, pp. 873-895

Brown SD (2009) Between the planes: Deleuze and social science. Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology pp. 101-120 ISBN13: 9781845459642

Brown SD, Reavey P, Cromby J, Harper D, Johnson K (2009) On psychology and embodiment: Some methodological experiments. Sociological Review, 56 (SUPPL. 2), pp. 199-215 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2009.00823.x

Brown SD, Stenner P (2009) Psychology Without Foundations: History, Philosophy and Psychosocial Theory. pp. viii-233 ISBN13: 978-0-7619-7227-3

Brown SD, Daniels H, Edwards A, Leadbetter J, Martin D, Middleton D, Warmington P, Apostolov A, Popova A (2009) Imaginary epistemic objects in integrated children's services. Society and Business Review, 4 (1), pp. 58-68 10.1108/17465680910932478

Reavey P, Brown SD (2009) The Mediating Role of Objects in Recollections of Adult Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Culture & Psychology, (15), pp. 463-484 10.1177/1354067X09344890

McGrath L, Reavey P, Brown SD (2008) The scenes and spaces of anxiety: Embodied expressions of distress in public and private for a. Emotion, space and society, 1 (1), pp. 56-64

Brown SD (2008) The quotation marks have a certain importance: Prospects for a 'memory studies'. Memory Studies, 1 (3), pp. 261-271 10.1177/1750698008093791

Brookfield H, Brown SD, Reavey P (2008) Vicarious and post-memory practices in adopting families: The re-production of the past through photography and narrative. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 18 (5), pp. 474-491 10.1002/casp.960

Goodings L, Locke A, Brown SD (2007) Social networking technology: Place and identity in mediated communities. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 17 (6), pp. 463-476 10.1002/casp.939

Brown SD, Leadbetter J, Daniels H, Edwards A, Middleton D, Warmington P, Apostolov A (2007) Professional learning with multi-agency children's services: researching into practice. Educational Research, 49 (1), pp. 83-98

Reavey P, Brown SD (2007) Rethinking agency in memory: Space and embodiment in memories of child sexual abuse. Journal of Social Work Practice, 21 (4), pp. 5-21

Daniels H, Leadbetter J, Warmington P, Edwards A, Brown SD, Middleton D, Popova A, Apostolov A (2007) Learning in and for multi-agency working. Oxford Review of Education, 33 (4), pp. 521-538

Brown SD, Reavey P (2006) Transforming past agency and action into the present: Time, social remembering and child sexual abuse. Theory and Psychology, 16 (2), pp. 179-202

Brown SD (2006) Bonga, Tromba and the organizational impetus: Evolution and vitalism in Bergson. Culture and Organisation, 12 (4), pp. 307-319

Brown SD (2006) The determination of life. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 23 (2/3), pp. 331-332

Brown SD, Middleton D (2005) The baby as virtual object: Agency and difference in a neo-natal intensive care unit. Environment and Planning D, 23 (5), pp. 695-715 10.1068/d354t

Middleton DJ, Brown DSD (2005) The social psychology of experience. ISBN10: 0803977573 ISBN13: 9780803977570

Brown SD, Ashmore M, MacMillan K (2005) Lost in the mall with Mesmer and Wundt: Demarcation and demonstration in the psychologies. Science, Technology and Human Values, 30 (1), pp. 76-110

Brown SD (2005) Collective emotions: Artaud's nerves. Culture and Organisation, 11 (4), pp. 235-246

Middleton D, Brown SD (2005) The social psychology of experience: Studies in remembering and forgetting. pp. 1-252 10.4135/9781446221808 ISBN13: 9781446221808

Brown SD (2004) Parasite Logic. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 17 (4), pp. 383-395

Brown SD (2004) Subjectivity and multitudo. Political Geography, 23 (4), pp. 469-474 10.1016/j.polgeo.2003.12.003

Brown SD, Ashmore M, MacMillan K (2004) It's a scream: Professional hearing and tape fetishism. Journal of Pragmatics, 36 (1), pp. 349-374

Brown SD (2003) Natural writing: the case of Serres. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 28 (3), pp. 184-192 10.1179/030801803225005175

Brown SD (2002) Michel Serres: Science, translation and the logic of the parasite. Theory, Culture and Society, 19 (3), pp. 1-27

Brown SD, Lunt P (2002) A genealogy of the social identity tradition: Deleuze & Guattari and social psychology. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41 (1), pp. 1-23 10.1348/014466602165018

Brown SD (2002) Psychology without foundations. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 4 (1), pp. 69-83

Hepburn A, Brown SD (2001) Teacher stress and the management of accountability. Human Relations, 54 (6), pp. 691-715

Brown SD, Middleton D, Lightfoot G (2001) Performing the past in electronic archives: Interdependencies in the discursive and non-discursive ordering of institutional rememberings. CULTURE & PSYCHOLOGY, 7 (2), pp. 123-144 10.1177/1354067X0172001

Brown SD (2001) Psychology and the art of living. Theory and Psychology, 11 (2), pp. 171-192 10.1177/0959354301112002

Brown SD, Stenner P (2001) Being affected: Spinoza and the psychology of emotion. International Journal of Group Tensions, 30 (1), pp. 81-105

Brown SD (2001) Performing the past in electronic archives: Interdependencies in the discursive and non-discursive organisation of institutional rememberings. Culture and Psychology, 7 (2), pp. 123-144 10.1177/1354067X0172001

Brown SD (2000) The angelology of knowledge. The Sociological Review, 48 (1), pp. 147-153

Brown SD, Lightfoot G (1998) Insistent implacement: Heidegger on the technologies of informing. Information Technology and People, 11 (4), pp. 290-304

Brown SD (1996) The textuality of stress: drawing between scientific and everyday accounting. Journal of Health Psychology, 1 (2), pp. 173-193 10.1177/135910539600100203

Brown SD, Lee N (1995) Esoteric speech? Making sense of what is not Critical Discourse Analysis. Discourse and Society: an international journal for the study of discourse and communication in their social, political and cultural contexts, 6 (4), pp. 559-561

Brown SD, Lee N (1994) Otherness and the actor-network: The undiscovered continent. American Behavioral Scientist, 37 (6), pp. 772-790

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