Suryia Nayak

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton C605

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer Social Work


I am a qualified social worker and psychoanalytic psychotherapist and currently training as a psychoanalytic group practitioner. I have over 30 years of practice and training experience within the Rape crisis movement working to confront all forms of violence against women and girls. I have set up two specific services for Black, Asian and Minoriticised ethnic women and girls. I have expensive experience as a clinical supervisor (for example eating disorders, intensive psychiatric in-patient therapeutic work with adolescents, prisons), I have extensive experience of community education, research and clinical practice with asylum seekers, refugees and issues of migration.


  • Trauma and loss
  • Intersectionality
  • Research methodology
  • Feminism (with specific expertise in Black feminism)
  • Psychoanalytic frameworks (theory, practice, supervision in regards to individuals, groups and organizations)
  • Identity formation (including applications of theory on voice, position and representation)
  • Discrimination and oppression (particularly in regards to detailed critical analysis of how mechanisms of oppression operate)
  • Subalternity

Research Interests

  • Application of critical theory to social work and issues concerning social justice, hierarchy and power.
  • Psychoanalysis, group analysis – theory, methodology and practice.
  • Textual / intertexual and discourse analysis
  • Black Feminist, colonial and critical race theory and methodology including the relationship between theory and activism.
  • Deconstructionism including analysis and application of the ideas of thinkers such as: Derrida, Bhabha, Hall,Foucault, Spivak, Barthes and Butler. I am particularly concerned with the application of critical theory in the interrogation of the aporia of voice, positionality, representation, borders and colonization.
  • I remain active in issues concerning migration, education as liberation, violence against women and girls and trauma.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 2013 PhD ‘Declaring the Activism of Black Feminist Theory’
  • 1996 Advanced Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy University of Manchester
  • 1996 Certificate Psychoanalytic Group analysis (GAN)
  • 1992 CQSW Manchester University
  • 1989 BA (Oxon) MA (Oxon) Modern History University of Oxford
  • HCPC Registration Number: SW99480