Staff profile

Melanie Haughton

Lecturer in Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning



I have worked in education since 2000; there has always been an element of Higher Education teaching in my work. I have worked as a Higher Education Learning Mentor which highlighted the need for study skills, but also the challenges that students face when studying. I have also worked as a GTA at Lancaster University and originally worked as an Associate Academic at UoD. I also worked in a school for a couple of years which inspired my current research interests as I worked in a school in an area of multiple deprivation and saw how such challenges affect students’ identity, as well as personal and career aspirations.

Research interests

My research interests relate to identity in young people, focusing on social identity theory, identity processes theory, and performative identity, as well as developmental theories of identity.  I am specifically interested in how living in towns/communities of deprivation affects identity and perceived future identities.  I am particularly interested in femininity and identity, as well as the social construction of threats and meritocracy. My research is predominantly qualitative, as well as using imagery and social media.


Additional interests and activities

I like travelling and watching horror movies.