Katy Oswald is a Senior Research Officer in the Power and Popular Politics Cluster. She is Co-Convenor of the MA in Power, Participation and Social Change. She is also a Humanistic Counsellor, with a private practice in Brighton. Her teaching and research interests lie in the understanding of how subjective experience plays a role of personal and social change, and how power shapes (and is shaped by) individuals and society.
She is an experienced facilitator of reflective practice, which can provide an opportunity for humanitarian or caring professionals, activists and campaigners to reflect on the challenging nature of their work, their relationships with the people they serve, and how their assumptions and beliefs can affect the work they do.
Katy is interested in how a more inter-disciplinary approach to research and teaching that incorporate theories and ideas from Psychology can expand our understanding of how change happens, and contribute to progressive social change. She teaches on the ‘Power and Social Perspectives on Development’ module in the autumn term, and co-convenes and teaches on the ‘Reflective and Creative Practice and Social Change’ module in the spring term. She is an experienced facilitator of participatory action learning/research.