Bridget Bradley

Bridget Bradley


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

Bridget Bradley was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Her doctoral research examined a group of complex mental disorders known as body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs), in particular compulsive hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking (dermatillomania).

Her research followed the ways that people with BFRBs move through diagnosis, towards sociality, and how relatedness influences patient activism and community-building. She has conducted multi-sited ethnographic research in the United Kingdom and United States, and uses methods of auto-ethnography and virtual ethnography.

Bridget considers herself an applied anthropologist, and is involved in ongoing advocacy work with the BFRB community, collaborating with her interlocutors to raise awareness and improve support options in the UK.

Bridget's new research continues her interest in mental health and community activism, and focuses on experiences of eco-anxiety with climate activists and their families in Britain.

General research interests include: health and illness, kinship, the body, gender and intersectionality, hair and beauty, applied anthropology, auto-ethnography, activism and social change, mental health and climate change.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Biosocial Journeys: Care and Community in Experiences of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours , Edinburgh University

1 Sept 201410 Jun 2019

Award Date: 10 Jun 2019

Master of Science, Anthropology of Health and Illness, Edinburgh University

1 Sept 201124 Sept 2012

Award Date: 24 Sept 2012

Bachelor of Social Science, Social Anthropology , UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

1 Sept 200829 Aug 2011

Award Date: 29 Aug 2011


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