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Dr Alan Bainbridge

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Childhood and Education Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922452

Profile summary

I am a Chartered Psychologist, Doctor of Clinical Science and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have become more convinced in the value of using psychoanalytic ideas and language to explore educational settings.  I have been working in Higher Education since 2001 having previously taught in secondary schools for 18 years. Within my present role I am responsible for modules on ‘Human Learning Across the Lifespan’, ‘Factors Affecting Learners and Learning’, Fads and Fashion in Teaching and Learning’, ‘Contemporary Issues’ and ‘Ethical Research Methods’.

Research and knowledge exchange

My interests are in the contested space between psychoanalytic thought and practices to education in its widest sense. My recent research has focused on early intervention mental health programmes and the career pathways of early education professionals. I have written chapters on children’s learning and development and contributed to general psychology texts. Together with Linden West, I have edited and contributed to Cliopsy 6 (2011), an electronic journal published by University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense on Psychoanalysis and Education. I am a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and have a small private practice in Whitstable, Kent. Alan and Linden West have organized two conferences on Psychoanalysis and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2009 and 2012.
In 2009 was the Academic Supervisor for a £120,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership on the evaluation of Kent Safe Schools early intervention mental health Programme. This was completed 2011 and recieved an 'Outstanding' grade.

Teaching and subject expertise

British Psychological Society:

     Division of Educational and Child Psychology

     Psychotherapy section

     Psychology and Education section


Association for the Teachers of Psychology

European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (Network on Life History and Narrative Research)

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists

External activities

Bainbridge A. and Stirrup V. (2015) ‘Narratives beyond the backyard: A case study on support for a community pro-environmental and sustainability project’. Paper presented at the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults - Life History and Biography Network conference, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italy.

Consorte-McCrea, A., Bainbridge, A., Fernandez, A., Nigbur, D. and McDonnell, S. (2015) The role of zoos in attitudes towards biodiversity and the reintroduction of native wild carnivores to the UK: results from a pilot study. In: ICCB: 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology, 2nd-6th August, Montpellier, France.


Bainbridge, A. (2015). Building a World Unfit to Live in: the deception and seduction of the commodity fetish. Paper presented at the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults – Network on Between Local and Global: Adult Learning and Development Conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. 18-20 July.,


Bainbridge, A. (2014) Recognising the universal: why semantics matter. Paper presented for British Psychological Society: Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference. Milton Keynes, 7-8th November. 

Bainbridge, A. (2012). To Learn or Not to Learn: a semantic view. British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2012;Raising Attainment in Education: the Role of Psychology. Open University, November 2012


Bainbridge, A. (2010). Prequels and Sequels: The Life Story and Professional Narratives of New Educational Professionals: at the European Society for the Research into the Education of Adults (ESREA) Conference. Life History and Biography - Representing Lives. Vaxjo University, Sweden. March 2010


Bainbridge, A. (2007). it really feels like I have finished my studies now.’ An Online exploration of learning biographies at the ESCalate conference on: Enhancing the student experience in lifelong learning. Nottingham University. May 2007.

Publications and research outputs


Bainbridge, A. (2015) Becoming an Education Professional: A Psychosocial Exploration of Developing an Education Professional Practice. Palgrave: London

Bainbridge, A. and West, L. (Ed.) (2012). Psychoanalysis and Education: minding a gap. London: Karnac Books. 


Book Chapters

Consorte-McCrea, A., Bainbridge, A., Fernandez, A., Nigbur, D., McDonnell, S., Morin, A. and Grente, O. (2016) Understanding attitudes towards native wildlife and biodiversity in the UK: the role of zoos. In: Leal Filho, W., ed. Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom. Springer. ISBN 9783319478821

Bainbridge, A. (2012). Prequels and Sequels: a psychoanalytic understanding of developing a professional practice in an education setting. In, Bainbridge, A. and West, L. (Ed.). Psychoanalysis and Education: minding a gap. p146-167 London: Karnac.

Bainbridge, A. and West, L. (Ed.) (2012). Introduction: minding the gap. In, Bainbridge, A. and West, L. (Ed.). Psychoanalysis and Education: minding a gap. p11-38 London: Karnac.           

Journal Articles

Bainbridge, A., Gaitanidis, A & Hoult, EC. (2017): When learning becomes a fetish: the pledge, turn and prestige of magic tricks, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2017.1403950

Bainbridge, A. (2016) Developing an education professional identity: the role of agency at an unconscious, individual and social level. Culture, Biography & Lifelong Learning, 2(2)

Bainbridge, A. (2016) Building a world unfit to live in: the deception, distraction and disavowal of the fetish. Pedagogia Oggi, 1/2016, 62-72.

Bainbridge, A. (2015) Pedagogy of Recognition: Winnicott, Honneth and Learning in Psychosocial Spaces, Journal of Pedagogic Development. Volume 5 Issue 3 – Autumn 2015

Bainbridge, A. (2014). Digital technology, human world making and the avoidance of learning. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. (Special Edition: Digital technologies in Learning Development) ISSN: 1759-667X

Bainbridge, A. (2013). The nature and experience of academic understanding: a response. The Psychology of Education Review, 37 (1) 23-26


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