Paul Stenner

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Paul Stenner is Professor of Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at The Open University where he is also Leads the Psychosocial Stream of the Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance. He holds a PhD in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Reading. His PhD work used Q methodology and thematic decomposition to study the social construction of jealousy. He was formally Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the University of Brighton and has held Lectureships in Social Psychology at University College, London, The University of Bath and the University of East London. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a life-long Fellow of the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation.

With the help of a Leverhulme Fellowship, Paul worked as a Humbolt Fellow in the Department of Law at the Goethe University of Frankfurt on the emotional dimensions of human rights discourse and practice. More recently, he has combined a growing theoretical interest in process thinking with a series of collaborative empirical projects on such problems as active ageing, the self-management of chronic back pain, the value and meaning of gardening and the home garden, experiences of ADHD, and the management of liminal experiences. All these projects have been variously supported by funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the National Institute for Heath Research, The British Academy and the European Science Foundation.