Professor Virginia Braun
Ginny Braun studied psychology as an undergraduate at The University of Auckland, completing her BA in 1995, and then went on to complete an MA(Hons), with research on cervical cancer prevention policy in New Zealand. She then went to the UK on a Commonwealth Scholarship, to conduct research for her PhD at Loughborough University. She was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Psychology following the completion of her PhD, in 2001. Since appointment, she has spent research time based in universities in the US (Columbia University & CUNY; NYC) and the UK (The University of the West of England; Bristol).
Research | Current
In my research, I am interested in examining the relationship between the social, the scientific and the individual, in relation to bodies, sexuality and health. My research examines the influence of culture and society on individual choices, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, as well as on broader issues like public health policy and practice. My research is specifically influenced by feminist, social constructionist, and discursive theory and practice, and tends to employ qualitative methodologies. Currenly I am working on body hair (with Gareth Terry, AUT) and new so-called healthy-eating food movements.
As another strand of scholarship, I am involved in various ongoing collaborative projects (mainly with Victoria Clarke, The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) related to qualitative research and the development of the method of thematic analysis in particular. We have written an award-winning textbook Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners (Sage, 2013), and have numerous papers and chapers, and a forthcoming book on Thematic Analysis. Our new book focuses on data collection: Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Methods (co-edited by Victoria Clarke & Debra Gray; Cambridge University Press, 2017), and we (me, Victoria Clarke and Naomi Moller) are currently editing a Special Issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology on the exciting data collection method called story completion.
Teaching | Current
PSYCH 733 - Critical Health Psychology (from 2018)
PSYCH 755 - Gender Power & Sexuality
PSYCH 319 - Psychology & Gender
PSYCH 208 - Producing Psychological Knowledge
I am Associate Dean Equity in the Faculty of Science. This important role involves promoting and supporting equity within the Faculty and University. You can read my occasional blog on the topic.
Areas of expertise
- Sex & sexuality
- Sexual health
- Gendered bodies
- Genital cosmetic surgery
- Body hair
- Feminist psychology
- Critical psychology
- Qualitative research
- Thematic analysis
Equity Community of Interest
Faculty of Science Equity Committee
Maori and Pacific Governance Group (FoS)
Maori and Pacific Psychology Committee
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Terry, G., Braun, V., Jayamaha, S., & Madden, H. (2018). Negotiating the hairless ideal in Āotearoa/New Zealand: Choice, awareness, complicity, and resistance in younger women's accounts of body hair removal. Feminism & Psychology, 28 (2), 272-291. 10.1177/0959353517732592
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shanuki Jayamaha
- Le Grice, J., & Braun, V. (2018). Indigenous (Māori) sexual health psychologies in New Zealand: Delivering culturally congruent sexuality education. Journal of Health Psychology, 23 (2), 175-187. 10.1177/1359105317739909
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jade Le Grice
- Jankowski, G., Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2017). Reflecting on qualitative research, feminist methodologies and feminist psychology: In conversation with Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke. Psychology of Women Section Review, 19 (1), 43-55. Related URL.
- Braun, V., Clarke, V., & Gray, D. (2017). Innovations in qualitative methods. In B. Gough (Ed.) The Palgrave handbook of critical social psychology (pp. 243-266). London, UK: Palgrave. 10.1057/978-1-137-51018-1_13
- Terry, G., & Braun, V. (2017). Short but often sweet: The surprising potential of qualitative survey methods. In V. Braun, V. Clarke, D. Gray (Eds.) Collecting qualitative data: A practical guide to textual, media and virtual techniques (pp. 15-44). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781107295094.003
- Braun, V. (2017). Rethinking Ruskin’s wife’s vulva. In A. Elias, R. Gill, C. Scharff (Eds.) Aesthetic labour: Rethinking beauty politics in Neoliberalism (pp. 67-82). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1057/978-1-137-47765-1_3
- Braun, V., Clarke, V., & Gray, D. (Eds.) (2017). Collecting qualitative data: A practical guide to textual, media and virtual techniques. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 318. 10.1017/9781107295094
- Vandenburg, T., & Braun, V. (2017). ‘Basically, it’s sorcery for your vagina’: unpacking Western representations of vaginal steaming. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 1-16. 10.1080/13691058.2016.1237674
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