I am a social psychologist and my research focuses on Transformative Experiences; those experiences whose effects could not have been fully appreciated in advance and that change an individual's understanding of Self in some way. Please see the information in the section titled Research below.
- Oxford Brookes University Teaching Fellow
- Liverpool Hope University Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award
- University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Teaching Excellence Award
- University of Alberta, Canada, Graduate Student Teaching Award
My research focuses on transformative experiences. These experiences have an epistemic quality, revealing something that could not have been known without having the experience, and they have a personal quality, changing a person’s experience of ‘being who they are’. Interviews form the main method of my research and I have interviewed people about their ‘lived experience’ across a variety of domains. One major research programme involved interviewing people about their transformative experiences of joining and leaving terrorist groups. Another programme addressed early adopters’ experiences of integrating electric vehicles into their lives at a time when the technology was seen as fresh and unusual. These programmes had practical, as well as academic benefits, helping to shape policies and develop products.
My new research programme builds on my background in qualitative methods, self-understanding, and transformative experiences. It focuses on how a person’s sexual self-understanding is transformed by pleasurable sexual encounters. Sexual self-understanding is not fixed, but open to change, and it can be transformed by pleasurable experiences. Positive sexuality is increasingly recognised as an important feature of sexual health, sexual justice, and sexual wellbeing, and I hope that the findings of my current research will strengthen academic knowledge and also be useful for professional counsellors, therapists, sex educators, coaches, and for people interested in enriching their own lives.
Research grants and awards
The Expectations and Experiences of Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle Drivers. (£640,075, with Prof. Margaret Harris, Oxford Brookes University) Technology Strategy Board, UK Government
Perceptions of BMW MINI E Drivers (£147,775, with Prof. Margaret Harris, Oxford Brookes University) Technology Strategy Board, UK Government
- Former Loyalist Paramilitary Members' Perspectives of their Involvement in Past Violence and of the Current Peace in Northern Ireland (£6221, with Prof. Neil Ferguson, Liverpool Hope University). British Academy
Here are some testimony on the impact of the "Assessing the Viability of Electric Vehicles for Daily Use" project.
1. IMPACT on POLICY
Norman Baker (MP, Minister of Transport): "This in depth study provides important evidence to support the Government's policy which is set out in today in the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles Strategy. People find electric vehicles easy and fun to drive. In addition, they are less polluting and a vital part of the UK's transition to a low-carbon sustainable transport system"
Bob Moran (Head of Low Carbon Regulation, R&D and Procurement, Office of Low Emission Vehicles): "The finding that drivers used their at-home charge points for 97% of their charging time" led to the OLEV strategy to commit to providing "a national package of up to £37 million through to May 2015 to support the installation of charge-points in homes, residential streets, railway stations and public sector car parks and rapid charge-points to facilitate longer journeys"
2. IMPACT on CAR DEVELOPMENT
Suzanne Gray (General Manager, BMW's Project i): "This research has been invaluable in helping our understanding of how people really respond to electric cars. This information puts BMW in a strong position to provide a well-rounded product and service proposition. The findings informed the development of the 2011 BMW ActiveE and the biggest beneficiary will be the BMW i3, the first purpose-built EV from the BMW Group"
3. IMPACT on ENERGY PROVISION
David Densley (Head of Sustainable Transport at Scottish and Southern Electric): "The findings have been invaluable in forecasting the impact of EV charging on the network and understanding the underlying behaviours of EV owners when recharging at home. This has helped when talking to EV charging equipment manufacturers in designing charging equipment that is functional and easy to use. It has also provided valuable insights into the utility of public charging infrastructure and the types of locations that would meet the requirements of future EV owners as teh market develops"
Centres and institutes
Phillips R, Connelly V, Burgess M, 'Representations of British Armed Forces Veterans in the Press: A Quantitative Analysis of Newspaper Articles'
Journal of Political & Military Sociology 47 (1) (2020) pp.77-98
ISSN: 2642-2190Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Burgess, M, 'Exploring the Victimization of British Veterans: Comparing British Beliefs about Veterans with Beliefs about Soldiers'
Armed Forces and Society x (2020)
ISSN: 0095-327XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Phillips R, Burgess M, Connelly V, 'Explaining the Relationship between Religiosity and Increased Wellbeing: Avoidance of Identity Threat as a Key Factor'
Journal of Beliefs and Values 42 (2) (2020) pp.163-176
ISSN: 1361-7672Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Burgess M, Cooke R, Davies EL, 'My own personal hell: Approaching and exceeding thresholds of too much alcohol'
Psychology and Health 34 (12) (2019) pp.1451-1469
ISSN: 0887-0446 eISSN: 1476-8321Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
King N, Burgess M, Harris M, 'Electric vehicle drivers use better strategies to counter stereotype threat linked to pro-technology than to pro-environmental identities'
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 60 (2018) pp.440-452
ISSN: 1369-8478 eISSN: 1873-5517Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Maughan D, Burgess M, 'Social sustainability and mental health: a threat to evidence-based practice?'
BJPsych International 13 (1) (2016) pp.4-5
ISSN: 2056-4740 eISSN: 2058-6264Published here
Ferguson N, Burgess M, Hollywood I, 'Leaving Violence Behind: Disengaging from Politically Motivated Violence in Northern Ireland'
Political Psychology 36 (2) (2015) pp.199-214
ISSN: 0162-895XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Bunce L, Harris M, Burgess M, 'Charge Up Then Charge Out? Drivers' Perceptions and Experiences of Electric Vehicles in the UK.'
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 59 (2014) pp.278-287
ISSN: 0965-8564Abstract Published here
Banfield J, Burgess M, 'A phenomenology of artistic doing: flow as embodied knowing in 2D and 3D professional artists'
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 44 (1) (2013) pp.60-91
ISSN: 0047-2662Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Burgess M, Harris M, 'Electric vehicle drivers’ reported interactions with the public: driving stereotype change?'
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 17 (February) (2013) pp.33-44
ISSN: 1369-8478Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Walker B, Burgess M, 'Creating voice, creating being: an interpretive phenomenological analysis of jazz musicians's experiences'
Existential Analysis 22 (1) (2011) pp.119-135
Burgess M, Clark L, 'Do the Savage Origins of Tattoos Cast a Prejudicial Shadow on Contemporary Tattooed Individuals?'
Journal of Applied Social Psychology 40 (2010) pp.746-764
ISSN: 0021-9029Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Ferguson N, Burgess M, Hollywood I, 'Who are the Victims? Victimhood Experiences in Postagreement Northern Ireland'
Political Psychology 31 (6) (2010) pp.857-886
ISSN: 0162-895XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
O'Sullivan-Lago R, de Abreu G, Burgess M, ''I Am a Human Being like You': An Identification Strategy to Maintain Continuity in a Cultural Contact Zone'
Human Development 51 (5-6) (2008) pp.349-367
ISSN: 0018-716XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Burgess M, Ferguson N, Hollywood I, 'Crossing the Rubicon: Deciding to Become a Paramilitary in Northern Ireland'
International Journal of Conflict and Violence 2 (1) (2008) pp.130-137
ISSN: 1864-1385Abstract Open Access on RADAR
Burgess M, 'Rebels Perspectives of the Legacy of Past Violence and of the Current Peace in Post-agreement Northern Ireland: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis'
Political Psychology 28 (1) (2007) pp.69-88
ISSN: 0162-895XPublished here