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Simon Goodman is a Research Fellow in psychology at Coventry University. He uses discursive psychology to address a number of issues. Much of this research explores the discursive construction of asylum seekers and refugees in which he has focussed on the ways in which potentially prejudicial arguments against asylum seekers are presented as reasonable and non-prejudicial. In addition, his work focuses on what is, and what is not, considered to be racist particularly with regard to asylum seeking. His research also explores the (largely negative) experiences of asylum seekers in the UK and the ways in which they make complaints and resist their negative presentations. His other interests include the British public’s understanding of income inequality and high earners, the ways in which the far right attempt to present their policies as acceptable and non-racist, as well as negative representations of Gypsies in online discussion forums and responses to the England riots.

Research Interests

Discursive (qualitative) projects about opinions towards asylum seekers and wealth inequality

Vision Statement

I am particularly interested in furthering the understanding of prejudice by analysing the differing ways in which people make arguments about what does, and what does not, count as racist and prejudicial, and when and how people can and cannot make accusations of racism, particularly (although not exclusively) with regard to discussions about asylum seeking.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctorate, University of Manchester


Psychology and Sociology, Degree, Brunel University

External positions

QMiP committee member

Social Psychology committee member


  • BF Psychology

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Research Output 2008 2019

“Sad day for the UK”: The linking of debates about settling refugee children in the UK with Brexit

Goodman, S. & Narang, A., 15 Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Social Psychology. (In-press), p. (In-press) 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

European Union

Discursive Psychological Research on Refugees

Goodman, S. & Kirkwood, S., 2018, Discourse, Peace, and Conflict: Discursive Psychology Perspectives. Gibson, S. (ed.). 1 ed. Springer, p. 169-185 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

How a photograph of a drowned refugee child turned a migrant crisis into a refugee crisis: A comparative discourse analysis

Parker, S., Naper, A. & Goodman, S., 1 Jun 2018, In : for(e)dialogue. 2, 1, p. 12-28 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
discourse analysis
Focus Groups
Open Access
social rights
health consequences
health risk

Activities 2009 2018

PhD examination (external)

Simon Goodman (Examiner)
9 Mar 2018

Activity: Examination

A culture of disbelief:How asylum interviews with unaccompanied minors are interrogations

Simon Goodman (Speaker)
3 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The role of immigration in Brexit

Simon Goodman (Speaker)
21 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

A culture of disbelief:How asylum interviews with unaccompanied minors are interrogations

Simon Goodman (Speaker)
27 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The roles of category use and Brexit throughout debates about the ‘refugee crisis’

Simon Goodman (Speaker)
Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk