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Professor Christine Griffin

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Chrstine Griffin

Professor of Social Psychology

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Professor Griffin is:
  • An elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • A Chartered Member of the BPS
  • A member of the founding Editorial Group for the international journal Feminism and Psychology
She convenes:
  • The Social and Cultural Psychology research group in Psychology
  • The Faculty Childhood and Youth Research Group
  • The Critical Research in Social Psychology Research group in Psychology (CRISP)


Christine Griffin is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Bath. She was educated at the University of Aston in Birmingham (Human Psychology) and the University of Birmingham (PhD in Social Psychology). She has been involved in a wide variety of research projects on aspects of young people’s lives, often working in multi-disciplinary teams. Much of her recent work explores the relationship between identities and consumption for young people, with a long-standing interest in gender relations and young women’s negotiation of contemporary femininity. She is a leading figure in the development of qualitative research in social psychology.

Professor Griffin has published widely in journals including Addiction: Research and Theory, the British Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Discourse Studies, the European Journal of Management, Feminism and Psychology, Sociology and the Journal of Youth Studies. Monographs include Standpoints and Differences: Essays in Practice of Feminist Psychology (with Karen Henwood and Ann Phoenix, Sage, 1998); Typical Girls? Young Women from School to the Job Market (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985); and Representations of Youth (Polity Press, 1993). 

Career details: 

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Birmingham (1996-2003)
  • Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Birmingham (1985-1996)
  • Research Associate, Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester (1983-1985)
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham (1979-1982) 

Research Interests

  • The relationship between consumption, marketing and social identity for children and young people
  • Young people’s alcohol consumption, the culture of intoxication and the role of social media in shaping ‘everyday celebrity’
  • Social-psychological aspects of gender and class identities, especially young women’s negotiation of hyper-sexual femininity

Current and recent projects include:

  • Alcohol marketing to young people via social media’ study: This two-year project investigates alcohol marketing to young people via  social media, using the research findings to assess the effectiveness of the current Advertising Standards Code of Practice and involving key stake-holders to make suggestions for change. Funded by Alcohol Research UK, the co-investigators are Dr Jeff Gavin (Bath) and Prof Isabelle Szmigin (Birmingham University Business School.
  • Co-Investigator in the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), along with Professor Anna Gilmore (Department of Health at Bath) along with 20 other CIs. UKCTAS is a strategic partnership comprising 13 University teams working on tobacco and alcohol research, led by Professor John Britton (University of Nottingham). It is one of six UK Centres for Public Health Excellence funded by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration – comprising the Economic & Social Research Council, The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council. Each of the institutions involved work collaboratively to deliver original research, policy development, advocacy, teaching and training, with a particular focus on informing policies and interventions to reduce harms to individuals and society from tobacco or alcohol use.
  • More information on the Centre can be found at
  • A three-year PhD studentship funded by the University of Bath on “Young people’s alcohol consumption: The role of social media and new technologies” under Prof Griffin’s supervision, and starting in October 2014 will be advertised shortly as part of the UKCTAS project.
  • Young people, drinking and social media” study: an international inter-disciplinary project based in New Zealand investigating young people’s uses of social networking sites and digital technologies in their drinking cultures, linked to the practice of ‘everyday celebrity’. A Marsden Fund project led by Dr Antonia Lyons (Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand) exploring the experiences of Pacific Island, Maori and Pakeha (European) young people.
  • Young People and Alcohol” study: an inter-disciplinary project examining the branding and marketing of alcohol to young people and the significance of drinking for their social identities and their social lives. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the ‘Identities and Social Action’ programme.
  • Music Festivals and Free Parties” project: an inter-disciplinary project investigating the relationship between social identity, branding and consumption in a study of young people’s experiences of leisure sites that are highly commercialised (Music Festivals) and those with minimal external commercial involvement (Free Parties). Funded by the ESRC and led by Dr Andrew Bengry-Howell (University of Southampton).
  • Child consumers” study: exploring the role of brands in the everyday social lives of 7 to 11 year olds, including ‘branded celebrities’ such as David Beckham and Britney Spears. Led by Dr Agnes Nairn (University of Lyons) and funded by the University of Bath.


Book Sections

Goodwin, I., Griffin, C., Lyons, A. and McCreanor, T., 2017. Beyond ‘the profile’:Multiple qualitative methods for researching facebook drinking cultures. In: Hight, C. and Harindranath, R., eds. Studying Digital Media Audiences. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 133-149. (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture)

Wicks, P. G., Nairn, A. and Griffin, C., 2014. The role of commodified celebrities in children's moral development:the case of David Beckham. In: Schroeder, J. E., ed. Brands.Vol. 19. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 242-267.

Goodwin, I., Lyons, A., Griffin, C. and McCreanor, T., 2014. Ending up online:Interrogating mediated youth drinking cultures. In: Mediated Youth Cultures. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 59-74.

Morey, Y., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Szmigin, I. and Riley, S., 2014. Festivals 2.0:Consuming, producing and participating in the extended festival experience. In: The Festivalization of Culture. Ashgate Publishing, pp. 251-269.

Griffin, C., 2014. Respect Jew: On music, politics and scholarship. In: Condor, S. and Antaki, C., eds. Rhetoric Ideology and Social Psychology. London, U. K.: Taylor & Francis, pp. 152-163.

Riley, S., Griffin, C. and Morey, Y., 2012. The rise of the 'Pleasure Citizen':how leisure can be a site for alternative forms of political participation. In: Demetriou, K. N., ed. Democracy in transition. Springer.

Morey, Y., Bengry-Howell, A. and Griffin, C., 2011. Public profiles, private parties: Digital Ethnography, Ethics and Research in the context of Web 2.0. In: Heath, S. and Walker,, eds. Innovations in youth research. London, U. K.: Palgrave, pp. 195-209.

Riley, S., Brown, R., Griffin, C. and Morey, Y., 2011. Tribal gatherings: using art to disseminate research on club culture. In: Reavey, P., ed. Visual methods in psychology: using and interpreting images in qualitative research. London: Routledge, pp. 190-204.

Hackley, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Mistral, W. and Szmigin, I., 2011. Young peoples' binge drinking constituted as a deficit of individual self-control in UK government alcohol policy. In: Candlin, C. N. and Crichton, J., eds. Discources of deficit. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 293-310. (Palgrave Studies in Professional and Organizational Discourse)

Bengry-Howell, A. and Griffin, C., 2010. Self-made motormen: The material construction of working-class masculine identities through car modification. In: Houze, R. and Lees-Maffei, G., eds. The Design History Reader. New York: Berg, pp. 374-380.

Phoenix, A., Pattman, R., Croghan, R., Griffin, C. and Hunter, J., 2009. Consuming masculinities: Intersections of gender and peer culture in everyday school practices. In: Budde, J. and Mammes, I., eds. Jungenforschung empirisch (Research on Boys: Between School, Male Habitus and Peer Culture - German and International Perspectives). VS Verlag, pp. 149-161.

Griffin, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Hackley, C., Mistral, W. and Szmigin, I. T., 2009. The allure of belonging: young people’s drinking practices and collective identification. In: Wetherell, M., ed. Identity in the 21st century: new trends in changing times. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 213-230. (Identity Studies in the Social Sciences)

Griffin, C. and Bengry-Howell, A., 2007. Ethnography. In: Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Psychology. Due to be published in 2007. London:: Sage.

Griffin, C., 2004. Good girls, bad girls:anglo-centrism and diversity in the constitution of contemporary girlhood. In: Fine, M. and Harris, A., eds. All About the Girl. Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 29-43.

Griffin, C., 2002. Girls' friendships and the formation of sexual identities. In: Lesbian and Gay Psychology: New Perspectives. Malden, MA, US: BPS Blackwell.


Szmigin, I., Bengry-Howell, A., Morey, Y., Griffin, C. and Riley, S., 2017. Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivals. Annals of Tourism Research, 63, pp. 1-11.

Niland, P., McCreanor, T., Lyons, A. C. and Griffin, C., 2017. Alcohol marketing on social media:young adults engage with alcohol marketing on facebook. Addiction Research & Theory, 25 (4), pp. 273-284.

Hutton, F., Griffin, C., Lyons, A., Niland, P. and McCreanor, T., 2016. “Tragic girls” and “crack whores”:alcohol, femininity and Facebook. Feminism & Psychology, 26 (1), pp. 73-93.

Moewaka Barnes, H., McCreanor, T., Goodwin, I., Lyons, A., Griffin, C. and Hutton, F., 2016. Alcohol and social media:drinking and drunkenness while online. Critical Public Health, 26 (1), pp. 62-76.

McCreanor, T., Lyons, A., Moewaka Barnes, H., Hutton, F., Goodwin, I. and Griffin, C., 2016. ‘Drink a 12 box before you go’:pre-loading among young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 11 (1), pp. 36-46.

Hackley, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Szmigin, I., Mistral, W. and Hackley, R. A., 2015. Transgressive drinking practices and the subversion of proscriptive alcohol policy messages. Journal of Business Research, 68 (10), pp. 2125-2131.

Roy, D., Verplanken, B. and Griffin, C., 2015. Making Sense of Sustainability: Exploring the Subjective Meaning of Sustainable Consumption. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 14 (3), p. 187.

Bailey, L., Griffin, C. and Shankar, A., 2015. “Not a good look”: Impossible dilemmas for young women negotiating the culture of intoxication in the UK. Substance Use & Misuse, 50 (6), pp. 747-758.

Lyons, A. C., Goodwin, I., McCreanor, T. and Griffin, C., 2015. Social networking and young adults’ drinking practices:innovative qualitative methods for health behavior research. Health Psychology, 34 (4), pp. 293-302.

Hodgetts, D. and Griffin, C., 2015. The place of class:considerations for psychology. Theory & Psychology, 25 (2), pp. 147-166.

Brown, A. R. and Griffin, C., 2014. 'A cockroach preserved in amber':The significance of class in critics' representations of heavy metal music and its fans. Sociological Review, 62 (4), pp. 719-741.

Gray, D. and Griffin, C., 2014. A journey to citizenship:constructions of citizenship and identity in the British Citizenship Test. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53 (2), pp. 299-314.

Griffin, C., 2014. Significant absences:The luxury of "being less critical". International Journal of Drug Policy, 25 (3), pp. 354-355.

Griffin, C., Szmigin, I., Bengry-Howell, A., Hackley, C. and Mistral, W., 2013. Inhabiting the contradictions:Hypersexual femininity and the culture of intoxication among young women in the UK. Feminism & Psychology, 23 (2), pp. 184-206.

McCreanor, T., Lyons, A., Griffin, C., Goodwin, I., Moewaka Barnes, H. and Hutton, F., 2013. Youth drinking cultures, social networking and alcohol marketing:Implications for public health. Critical Public Health, 23 (1), pp. 110-120.

Hackley, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Mistral, W., Szmigin, I. and Hackley, R. A., 2013. Young adults and 'binge' drinking:a Bakhtinian analysis. Journal of Marketing Management, 29 (7-8), pp. 933-949.

Griffin, C., 2012. Looking beyond the text:Some reflections on the challenges of engaging with feminist conversation analysis. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 9 (4), pp. 298-302.

Bengry-Howell, A. and Griffin, C., 2012. Negotiating access in ethnographic research with 'hard to reach' young people:Establishing common ground or a process of methodological grooming? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15 (5), pp. 403-416.

Szmigin, I., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Hackley, C. and Mistral, W., 2011. Social marketing, individual responsibility and the “culture of intoxication”. European Journal of Marketing, 45 (5), pp. 759-779.

Griffin, C. E., 2011. The trouble with class: researching youth, class and culture beyond the 'Birmingham School'. Journal of Youth Studies, 14 (3), pp. 245-259.

Riley, S., Thompson, J. and Griffin, C., 2010. Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users' (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worlds. International Journal of Drug Policy, 21 (6), pp. 445-451.

Riley, S. C. E., Griffin, C. and Morey, Y., 2010. The case for 'everyday politics': evaluating neo-tribal theory as a way to understand alternative forms of political participation, using electronic dance music culture as an example. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 44 (2), pp. 345-363.

Riley, S., Morey, Y. and Griffin, C., 2010. The 'pleasure citizen' Analyzing partying as a form of social and political participation. Young, 18 (1), pp. 33-54.

Griffin, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Hackley, C., Mistral, W. and Szmigin, I., 2009. 'Every time I do it I absolutely annihilate myself': loss of (self-)consciousness and loss of memory in young people's drinking narratives. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 43 (3), pp. 457-476.

Tekola, B., Griffin, C. and Camfield, L., 2009. Using qualitative methods with poor children in urban Ethiopia: Opportunities and challenges. Social Indicators Research, 90 (1), pp. 73-87.

Nash, N., Lewis, A. and Griffin, C., 2009. 'Not in our front garden': Land use conflict, spatial meaning and the politics of naming place. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 20 (1), pp. 44-56.

Nairn, A., Griffin, C. and Wicks, P. G., 2008. Children's use of brand symbolism: a consumer culture theory approach. European Journal of Marketing, 42 (5-6), pp. 627-640.

Riley, S., Morey, Y. and Griffin, C., 2008. Ketamine: The divisive dissociative. A discourse analysis of the constructions of ketamine by participants of a free party (rave) scene. Addiction Research & Theory, 16 (3), pp. 217-230.

Szmigin, I., Griffin, C., Hackley, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Weale, L. and Mistral, W., 2008. Re-framing ‘binge drinking’ as calculated hedonism: Empirical evidence from the UK. International Journal of Drug Policy, 19 (5), pp. 359-366.

Hackley, C., Bengry-Howell, A., Griffin, C., Mistral, W. and Szmigin, I., 2008. The discursive constitution of the UK alcohol problem in 'Safe, Sensible, Social':A discussion of policy implications. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 15 (Supplement 1), pp. 61-74.

Griffin, C., Measham, F., Moore, K., Morey, Y. and Riley, S., 2008. The social and cultural uses of ketamine. Addiction Research & Theory, 16 (3), pp. 205-207.

Griffin, C., 2008. Understanding youth:Perspectives, identities and practices. Health & Social Care in the Community, 16 (1), pp. 108-109.

Griffin, C., 2007. Being dead and being there: research interviews, sharing hand cream and the preference for analysing 'naturally occurring data'. Discourse Studies, 9 (2), pp. 246-269.

Griffin, C., 2007. Different visions: a rejoinder to Henwood, Potter and Hepburn. Discourse Studies, 9 (2), pp. 283-287.

Croghan, R., Griffin, C., Hunter, J. and Phoenix, A., 2006. Style Failure: Consumption, Identity and Social Exclusion. Journal of Youth Studies, 9 (4), pp. 463-478.

Griffin, C., 2005. Book Review: Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-first Century. Feminism & Psychology, 15 (3), pp. 351-353.

Holt, M. and Griffin, C., 2005. Students versus locals: Young adults' constructions of the working-class Other. British Journal of Social Psychology, 44, pp. 241-267.

Wilson, I., Griffin, C. and Wren, B., 2005. The interaction between young people with atypical gender identity organization and their peers. Journal of Health Psychology, 10 (3), pp. 307-315.

Hirschfeld, R., Smith, J., Trower, P. and Griffin, C., 2005. What do psychotic experiences mean for young men? a qualitative investigation. Psychology and Psychotherapy Theory, Research and Practice, 78 (2), pp. 249-270.

Griffin, C., 2005. Whatever happened to the (likely) lads? 'Learning to Labour' 25 years on. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 26 (2), pp. 291-297.

Griffin, C., 2004. Choosing a self: Young women and the individualization of identity. American Journal of Sociology, 110 (3), pp. 844-846.

Willott, S. and Griffin, C., 2004. Redundant men: Constraints on identity change. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 14 Mar-Apr (2), pp. 53-69.

Holt, M. and Griffin, C., 2003. Being gay, being straight, and being yourself: Local and global reflections on identity, authenticity and the lesbian and gay scene. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6 (3), pp. 404-425.

Lyons, A. and Griffin, c., 2003. Managing menopause: A qualitative analysis of self-help literature for women at midlife. Social Science and Medicine, 56 (8), pp. 1629-1642.

Wilson, I., Griffin, C. and Wren, B., 2002. The validity of the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (Child and Adolescent Criteria). Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 7 (3), pp. 335-351.

Griffin, C., 2001. 'The young women are having a great time': Representations of young women and feminism. Feminism & Psychology, 11 (2), pp. 181-185.

Griffin, C., 2001. Imagining new narratives of youth: Youth research, the 'new Europe' and global youth culture. Childhood, 8 (2), pp. 147-166.

Willott, S., Griffin, C. and Torrance, M., 2001. Snakes and ladders: Upper-middle class male offenders talk about economic crime. Criminology, 39 (2), pp. 441-466.


Griffin, C. and Lyons, A., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - Would you 'like' a drink? Youth drinking cultures, social media and alcohol marketing online. University of Bath.

Conference or Workshop Items

Brown, R. A. and Griffin, C., 2009. “A cockroach preserved in amber”: The significance of class in critics’ representations of Heavy Metal music and its fans. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2009: The Challenge of Global Social Enquiry, 2009-04-16.

Griffin, C., 2008. Being dead and being there: Research interviews, sharing hand cream and the preference for analysing 'naturally occurring data'. In: Inaugural conference of the BPS section on Qualitative Methods in Psychology, 2008-09-03 - 2008-09-05.

Griffin, C., 2005. Challenging assumptions about youth political participation: Critical insights from Great Britain. In: Revisiting Youth Political Participation: Challenges for Research and Democratic Practice in Europe., 2005-01-01.

Non-academic press

Griffin, C., 2013. Alcohol giants pour into social media’s digital drinking spaces. The Conversation

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