Dr Russell Luyt

Russell Luyt BSocSc Hons, MA, PhD

Dr Russell Luyt

Russell Luyt
BSocSc Hons, MA, PhD

Head of Department

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Russell Luyt is Head of the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

As Head of Department, Russell is responsible for, among other things, leading the strategic development and delivery of academic programmes, ensuring and enhancing academic quality and student experience, as well as fostering research and enterprise engagement within the team.

As lecturer, his specialisms include social psychology, qualitative methods, and the psychology of gender. He is currently supervising a number of doctoral students in research broadly relating to gender, sexualities and prejudice. He maintains a wide network of collaborations within the higher education sector and beyond through this work.

Having previously worked at a number of higher education institutions both nationally and abroad. He obtained his MA in Research Psychology from the University of Cape Town and PhD in Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Posts held previously:

  • 2014-16, Deputy Head of Department and Principal Lecturer in Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2013-14, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2005-13, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Winchester
  • Head of Department for Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • Lecturer on BA Hons Psychology programme
  • Supervises PhD research projects

Editorial Boards:

  • Journal of Gender Studies
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Sex Roles: A Journal of Research

Examiner: 

  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Kingston University, London
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Cape Town

Memberships/other:

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Charted Psychologist (CPychol)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section (QMiP)
  • Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC)

Russell is particularly interested in research areas relating to identity, self and attitudes; aggression and conflict; media; mixed method research; research philosophy; and qualitative methodology. His work is grounded within a critical perspective and has to date focused primarily on the social psychology of gender. This has included, for example, the critique of traditional masculinity, femininity and gender measurement; media representations; masculinities and aggression; the intersection of gender, 'race' and social class; as well as qualitative methodologies. He is currently extending these lines of research and developing his interest in prejudice displayed toward sexual minorities.

Funded research projects

  • LGBT Consortium and the Government Equality Office Consultant Grant: "Identification and mapping of LGBT research in the United Kingdom, with McDermott [Principal Applicant (PA)], 2004-14
  • LGBT Consortium and Trust for London Consultant Grant: "LGBT Narrative for London" with McDermott, D. (PA), 2014 
  • British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section Pump Priming Grant: "Developing the social psychology of citizenship across international and disciplinary frontiers" with Stevenson, C. (PA) & Lyons, E. [Co-Applicant (CA)], 2012
Luyt, R. (2015). Beyond traditional understanding of gender measurement: The gender (re)presentation approach. Journal of Gender Studies, 24, pp. 207-226.

Luyt, R., Welch, C. and Lobban, R. (2015). Diversity in gender and visual representation: An introduction. Journal of Gender Studies, 24, pp. 383-385.

Stevenson, C., Dixon, J., Hopkins, N. and Luyt, R. (2015). The social psychology of citizenship, participation and social exclusion: Introduction to the Special Thematic Section. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3, pp. 1-19.

Stevenson, C., Hopkins, N., Luyt, R. and Dixon, J. (2015). The social psychology of citizenship: Engagement with citizenship studies and future research. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3, pp. 192-210.

Zawisza, M., Luyt, R. and Zawadzka, A.M. (2015). Societies in transition: Are they more sexist? A comparison between Polish, South African and British samples. Journal of Gender Studies, 24, pp. 38-55.

Luyt, R. (2012). Representation of masculinities and race in South African television advertising: A content analysis. Journal of Gender Studies, 21, pp. 35-60.

Luyt, R. (2012). Constructing hegemonic masculinities in South Africa: The discourse and rhetoric of heteronormativity. Gender and Language, 6, pp. 47-77.

Luyt, R. (2012). A framework for mixing qualitative and quantitative methods in measurement development, validation and revision: A case study. Journal of Mixed Method Research, 6, pp. 294-316

Zawisza, M., Luyt, R. and Zawadzka, A.M. (2012). Ambivalence toward men: Comparing sexism among Polish, South African and British university students. Sex Roles, 66, pp. 453-467.

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Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R. and McDermott, D. T. (2016). Ambivalence towards gay men: A qualitative investigation. The British Psychological Society (BPS), Annual Social Psychology Section Conference. Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R. and McDermott, D. T. (2016). Are heterosexuals' attitudes towards gay men becoming ambivalent? The British Psychological Society (BPS), Annual Social Psychology Section Conference. Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Lobban, R. and Luyt, R. (2016). Femininities and motherhood in the UK: Geography, imaginary positions and the discourse and rhetoric of (hetero) sexual attractiveness. The British Psychological Society (BPS), Annual Social Psychology Section Conference. Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Lobban, R. and Luyt, R. (2016). Heterosexist microaggressions as hegemonic discursive practices: Methodological implications. The British Psychological Society (BPS), Annual Women's Section Conference. Windsor, United Kingdom.

Zawisza, M, Luyt, R. and Zawadzka, A.M. (2015). Ambivalent Attitudes to Men and Societies in Transition: A Comparison Between Polish, South African and British Samples. The Political Masculinities and Social Transition Conference. Landau, Germany.

Luyt, R. (2015). Constructing hegemonic masculinities in South Africa: The discourse and rhetoric of responsibility. The 10th International Conference on Gender, Culture and Migration (Men, Manhood and Work-Life Balance Workshop). GdaƄsk, Poland.

Luyt, R. (2014). Crisis in the hegemonic bloc: The radicalisation of marginalised men. The Emerging Ideas in Masculinity Research: Masculinity studies in the North Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland.

Lobban, R. and Luyt, R. (2012). Re-evaluating Femininities: Geography, Imaginary Positions, and Embodiment. The British Psychological Society (BPS), Annual Social Psychology Section Conference. St Andrews, United Kingdom.

Luyt, R. (2012). A Framework for mixing methods in quantitative measurement development, validation and revision: A case study. The 21st Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Zawisza, M., Luyt, R. and Zawadzka, A.M. (2012). Ambivalent sexism toward women in Polish, South African, and British university students: Considering societies in transition. The 21st Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Luyt, R. (2012). The discourse and rhetoric of marginalisation among Muslim men in the United Kingdom. The 30th International Congress of Psychology. Cape Town, South Africa.

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