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Mhairi Bowe

Mhairi Bowe

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Psychology Nottingham Civic Exchange


Dr Mhairi Bowe is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and Mental Health in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Mhairi is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a teacher of Psychology, and an active researcher. Mhairi lectures in social psychology, community psychology, mental health, and clinical practice at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Mhairi supervises research projects at both undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate levels (MSc and PhD), as well as running a series of tutorials and workshops.

Mhairi leads the postgraduate module Theory and Application to Mental Health which connects students with a series of local and national external partner organisations to engage in collaborative consultative research.  The module culminates each year with the MSc Psychological Well-being and Forensic Mental Health conference. Mhairi’s research work involves several local organisations including Framework and Nottinghamshire Country Council.

Mhairi is Course Leader for the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and is Associate Lead of the Groups, Identities, and Health Research Group.

Career overview

Mhairi achieved a first class honours degree in psychology at the University of Dundee in 2004. After a working as a research assistant for Prof Fabio Sani on an ESRC funded project exploring perceived collective continuity between 2004 and 2006, Mhairi acquired an MSc in Psychological Research Methods in 2008 before embarking on a PhD.

Mhairi's PhD research focused on the role of places in identity processes and specifically assessed the temporal aspects of place identity and their connections with both social identity and mental health.

Research areas

Mhairi's research is primarily located within social psychology and mental health, where she employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches to explore identity processes in relation to collective, personal, and place-related identities and how they interact with mental health outcomes.

Specific areas of interest include: identity transitions, temporal aspects of identity, mental health and well-being, group processes, social issues and health. Mhairi's existing research has focused on national and regional groups, family groups, individual's recovering from alcohol misuse, elderly individuals and individuals with dementia, and women and men transitioning to parenthood.  Mhairi’s current research is focused on the links between social isolation and social identity where she employs a ‘social cure’ perspective to explore topics like foodbank use, community volunteering, and the effectiveness of social prescribing within specific communities.

External activity

Mhairi is an External Examiner at the University of Greenwich, an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mhairi is a reviewer for the British Journal of Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Political Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Mhairi is the Chair Elect of the British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section.

Sponsors and collaborators

Mhairi has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Psychological Society, the European Association of Social Psychology, Nottinghamshire County Council, and ImROC.

Mhairi collaborates with the following researchers:

NTU Collaborators:

  • Dr Juliet Wakefield
  • Dr Blerina Kellezi
  • Dr Niamh McNamara
  • Dr Clifford Stevenson
  • Dr Iain Wilson
  • Dr James Stiller

External Collaborators:

  • Prof Fabio Sani (University of Dundee)
  • Dr Marina Herrera (University of Valencia)
  • Dr Gillian Shorter (Ulster University)
  • Dr Ronni Greenwood (University of Limerick)

Press expertise

Mhairi can be consulted on topics relating to social groups, society and health and well-being; social prescribing; nature and ecotherapy, place-related identity; transitions to parenthood and the impact on mental health; lived experiences of poverty; and the relationships between time, history, and national identity.


  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Science
  • Society