Personal profile


Caroline Bainbridge is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Culture in the Department of Media, Culture and Language, where she is a member of the programme team for taught degrees in Media, Culture and Identity, and she also supervises a number of research students.

Caroline is Director of the Media and the Inner World research network which she organises with Candida Yates of Bournemouth University and which was generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council between 2009-13. She has a number of editorial responsibilities, currently working as the Film Section Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and as Editor of Free Associations between 2010-2017. She is also a Series Editor (with Candida Yates) of the 'Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture' book list published by Routledge.

Her research interests are in cinema, television,  gender, psychoanalysis, visual culture, the politics of identity, and the emotional turn in popular culture. Caroline welcomes proposals for research at both the MPhil and PhD levels.


1992 BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge.

1994 MA Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Sheffield.

1997 PhD Luce Irigaray, Women and Film, University of Sheffield.

2014 MA Consultation and the Organisation: Psychoanalytic Approaches, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.

2015 Fellowship of the College of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

2016 Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Psychoanalysis and popular culture
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Media as psychological objects
  • Emotions in culture
  • Therapy culture
  • Identity politics and culture
  • Feminisms
  • Luce Irigaray
  • Images of gender
  • Lars von Trier

Research Student Supervison

Director of Studies for Current PhD Students

  • Judith Rifeser, 'Through a lens darkly, the body touches you: Luce Irigaray and the haptic in the work of contemporary women filmmakers' (PhD).


Co-Supervisor for Current PhD Students
  • Jo-Ann Cruywagen, 'Our capacity to be alone in the presence of media devices' (PhD).
  • Stephane Azariane, Title tbc. PhD.


Supervisory expertise

Psychoanalysis and culture

Politics of gender

Image and identity

Critical theory

Film and Television Studies

Feminist criticism

Emotions in culture


PhD Supervised to Completion and Award

  • Greg Tuck, 'The Sexual Logic of Late Capitalism', Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. Awarded January 2005.
  • Elisa Pezzotta, 'Adaptations: Kubrick's Challenges', Roehampton University. Awarded July 2009.
  • Denzell Richards, 'Interactive Practice and Intertextual Readings: The Popular DVD Collectors Market'. Awarded January 2010.
  • Hugh Ortega Breton, 'In the eye of the storm: The paranoid style in British popular culture 1997-2007' (PhD). (DoS 2006-2009). Awarded March 2011.
  • Amanda Wayling-Yates, 'Teenage Girls and Female Telvision Presenters: An ethnographic study' (PhD). Awarded May 2014.
  • Georgina Stavroulaki, 'Counselling Psychologists' Use of Self in the Therapeutic Relationship: The role of narcissism' (PsychD). Awarded May 2014.
  • Nathalie Weidhase, 'Staging abject gender spectacles: Female dandies in popular music' (PhD). Awarded June 2017.
  • Theodora Thomadakis, 'On the couch with makeover TV: Psychoanalytic approaches to reality television and gender' (PhD). Awarded March 2018.
  • Adele Tulli, 'Visible resistance: Reframing hetero-sexism in film' (PhD). Awarded February 2019.

Research projects

  • (2007) AHRC award (Research Leave Scheme) to enable completion of A Feminine Cinematics: Luce Irigaray, women and film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • (2009) AHRC award (Research Network Scheme), Media and the Inner World. See
  • (2012) AHRC award (Follow-on Funding Scheme), Media and the Inner World. See

Professional affiliations

Member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)

Member of the Women's Media Studies Network

Member of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College (Jan 2010-Dec 2018)

Fellow of the College of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (since Feb 2015)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since May 2018)

Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (since Feb 2019)


Consultancy work

Psychoanalysis and popular culture

Psychoanalysis and the media

Psychoanalytic approaches to media and organisations

Emotions and popular culture

Images of masculinity and femininity (TV, Film, Visual Culture)

The pleasures of DVD consumption

The cinema of Lars von Trier

The philosophy of Luce Irigaray

Process Consultancy with a homelessness organisation (Feb-Sept 2014).

Process Consultancy with a theatre group (Sept 2014 onwards).

British Psychoanalytic Council, Search Event, April 2012. Invited consultant.

Peer reviewer for journals including Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Feminist Review, Journal for Gender Studies, Celebrity Studies, and Historical Materialism.

Book proposal reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan; Wallflower Press; Intellect.

Book Manuscript Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan; Wallflower Press; Routledge; Intellect.


Psychoanalytic approaches to media and culture

Gender and Visual Culture

Image and Identity

Critical Theory

Film and Film Theory

Feminist Criticism


Examining Experience

PhD Examination

(2004) External Examiner, PhD: 'In search of the maternal subject: Klein, feminism and women's popular magazine narratives', Monash University, Australia.

(2009) Internal Examiner, PhD: 'Experiences of medical intervention among intersex and transsexual people in the UK', Roehampton University.

(2009) External Examiner, PhD: 'Cultural meanings of eating, orality and appetite: From psychoanalysis to cyberspace', Kingston University.

(2013) External Examiner, PhD: 'A pilgrimage into the liminal: an experiential enquiry into an embodied space of grief and its representation in film', University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.

(2014) External Examiner, PhD: 'Affect, subjectivity and survival: The abducted girl in media and psychological discourse', Goldsmiths, University of London.

(2015) External Examiner, PhD: 'The art of healing: Psychoanalysis, culture and cure', University of Sussex.

(2016) External Examiner, PhD: 'Womb fantasies in international horror and extreme cinema', King's College, London.

(2016) External Examiner, PhD: 'Matriarchal cinema: The modern woman auteur and articulating desire', Lancaster University.

(2018) External Examiner, PhD: Sadder, darker, and alive: Self, suffering, and psychoanalysis in cinema', University of Auckland, New Zealand.

(2019) External Examiner, PhD: The British trauma film: Psychoanalysis and popular British cinema in the aftermath of the Second World War', Queen Mary, London.

(2019) External Examiner, PhD: 'Loss, melancholia, and neoliberalism in Real Life women's magazines 1985-2018', University of Aberdeen.


Taught Programme Examination

(2016 - to date) External Examiner, MA Psychoanalytic Studies and MA Management and Organisational Dynamics, University of Essex.

(2016 - to date) External Examiner, MA Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society, Brunel University.

(2009-2013) External Examiner, BA (Hons) Culture, Media and Society, Napier University, Edinburgh.

(2005-2008) External Examiner, MA Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

(2003-4) External Examiner, MA Media and Culture, University of Surrey, Roehampton.