Charlotte Dann

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Charlotte is a critical social and developmental psychologist, with three distinct research areas focusing on tattooed bodies, inclusion in Higher Education, and digital families.

Charlotte is as active in her roles with the institution as she is outside - in the department, she acts as psychology's diversity and inclusion officer, as well as curating social media content. Outside of the University, she is the Vice Chair of the Northamptonshire Rights & Equalities Council, is a journal editor for Psychology of Women & Equalities Section Review, and runs a YouTube channel for academic planning and organising.

She is currently working on her first book - Navigating Tattooed Women's Bodies - due for publish 2021.

Research Interests

Charlotte completed her PhD in January 2018, and has published a number of articles from this work on tattooed women's bodies, exploring current tattooed bodies literature, a focus on tattooed mothers, and how meaning-making is important for tattooed women. This PhD work is currently being re-worked into a book, due for publish in 2021.

Charlotte has won research grants from the University's Institute for Learning and Teaching for the 17/18 and 18/19 academic years, with both research projects focusing on issues of diversity and inclusion within Higher Education. This research has led to Charlotte receiving the 'most impactful teaching' award at The British Psychological Society's Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers Conference in May 2019. In addition, Charlotte now runs a University-wide staff training on inclusive assessments, based on this research. Finally, the work from this project led Charlotte to be awarded with the University's Student Teaching and Recognition Award for Lecturer of the Year in Advancing Diversity and Equality, 2019.

Charlotte is also situated within a cross-university research group - Digital Families - with colleagues from The Open University, Bradford University, and The University of Bedfordshire. In 2019, this research group was awarded funds from The British Psychological Society to host a series of seminars exploring different aspects of digital families. They have published a paper on 'Sharenting', with two more papers and an ESRC bid in progress for 19/20.

Charlotte has broader research interests in feminism, feminist supervision practices, and identity.


Jacquie Bridgman; Economics, International Development, International Relations and Politics

Doctoral Research Project - Lone mothering and experiences of everyday travel.

Kate Macintyre; Faculty of Business and Law

Doctoral Research Project - Women and NGOs focusing on poaching in South Africa.

Teaching Interests

Charlotte is the Programme Leader for the Psychology Foundation Programme (2019+) and has previously led the Developmental and Educational Psychology Programme (2016/17).

She is the module coordinator for:

  • PSY1004 Investigating Psychology
  • PSY3053 Lifespan Development

She has / currently teaches on:

  • PSY1006 Becoming a Psychologist (Research Methods)
  • PSY1012 Psychology for Life
  • PSY2005 Research Methods
  • PSY2014 Personality and Individual Differences
  • PSY2016 Social Psychology
  • PSY3004 Psychology of Mental Health
  • PSY3024 Social World

Charlotte supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, with topics covering: recreational drug use, video-gaming, drag queens and sexuality, tattooed bodies, young mothers, and parenting/grandparenting roles.

External Roles

In addition to the roles within the institution, Charlotte also has the following roles:

  • External Examiner for University of East London, School of Education and Communities
  • Course consultant at The Open University
  • Vice Chair of the Northamptonshire Rights & Equalities Council
  • Journal Editor for Psychology of Women & Equalities Review
  • Conference organising team, Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Committee

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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