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Dr Rhi Humphrey

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Social Sciences

I thought academia was not for me
Seeking representation through my degree
Searching across all those black and white pages
Assuming universalism through the ages
Such claims to truth yet they did not speak to me
I really tried but this ‘truth’ I could not see

So I abandoned these rules and disciplines
To tell different truths, find new beginnings
I share my research with the words that best fit
Trying to worry less about who gets it
So dear reader perhaps you cannot relate
To any of the issues on which I prate
To my queer focus on temporalities
Or celebration of non-normative bodies
But at least this research is not hard to read
Focusing instead on accessibility
Yet offers a rainbow of complexity
And understandings outside stark binaries

Maybe being Out it makes space in HE
Making it easier for others like me
An academic activist? Try to be
Embracing creative sociology
While still somewhat interdisciplinary
Or maybe I just like language and poetry


Rhi (they/them) is currently at Northumbria working on the Supporting Sexualities and Genders project focusing on co-production and creative methods.

Rhi Humphrey

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Creative Representation

I tried to find the words but they wouldn’t come
struggling to write, all my thoughts come undone
overwhelmed by the burden
of representation
of real people with a real story
so I added creativity
Swapping out one truth for another
Replacing one place with the other
removed from context, out of time
Freed up these stories, theirs not mine
their many truths overlapped in rhyme
Through this I found the words, their words
Their expression, their phrasing, their terms
to do justice to their stories, contexts
to make sense of relationships so complex
offers an analysis that respects complex contexts


Outside of creative representation, Rhi is interested in trans studies, intersex studies, queer theory, gender, sexuality, creative methods, and co-production.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Co-producing trans ethical research, Humphrey, R., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Fox, R. 15 Jul 2019, The Emergence of Trans, Abingdon, Routledge
  • Review of Matthew Heinz, Entering Transmasculinity: The Inevitability of Discourse (Bristol: Intellect, 2016), Humphrey, R. 22 Dec 2017, In: Assuming Gender
  • “Pitching a virtual woo”: Analysing discussion of sexism in online gaming, Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Humphrey, R. Nov 2017, In: Feminism & Psychology
  • "I think journalists sometimes forget that we’re just people”: Analysing the Effects of UK Trans Media Representation on Trans Audiences, Humphrey, R. 6 Jan 2016, In: Gender Forum
  • A queer-theoretical approach to community health psychology, Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Fryer, D., Linn, S., Humphrey, R. 1 Jan 2014, In: Journal of Health Psychology


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