Liam Wignall

Dr Liam Wignall

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Poole House p126A, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Before joining BU in March 2018 as a Lecturer, I completed a PhD on non-heterosexual men's kink sexual practices at the University of Sunderland. I am member of the International Academy of Sex Researchers, the Centre for Positive Sexuality, the BPS Sexualities committee, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am editor for the BPS Sexualities' journal "Psychology of Sexualities Review" and associate editor for "Psychology & Sexuality" and "Journal of Positive Sexuality".


I specialise in qualitative research, exploring the experiences of non-heterosexual individuals, using theories from psychology, sociology and cultural studies. My work focuses on the impact of the internet and the role of community participation for these individuals. I am currently developing a monograph looking at the experiences of non-heterosexual men who engage in kinky sexual practices with Oxford University Press.

I have conducted research into the kink activity of pup play, framing the socio-sexual activity as a form of leisure and documenting how the pup community have adopted social networking sites to form online communities. I have also published on the experiences of bisexual individuals and people with non-exclusive sexualities.

Journal Articles

PhD Students

  • Robin Jakumeit. BDSM Experiences

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Advanced Research Methods

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (EMSA 1b)
  • Psychology of Sexualities
  • Psychology of Social Media and Video Games
  • Psychology Project
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology


  • An International Study of Pup Play Communities (ACORN, 01 Mar 2022). Completed
  • Understanding the Experiences of Women with Non-Exclusive Sexualities (American Institute of Bisexuality, 01 Oct 2017). Awarded

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Psychology and Sexuality, Anonymous peer review, 29 May 2018
  • Culture, Health & Sexuality, Anonymous peer review, 24 Feb 2018
  • Qualitative Sociology, Anonymous peer review, 30 Jun 2017
  • Journal of Bisexuality, Anonymous peer review, 02 Apr 2017
  • Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society, Anonymous peer review, 31 Jan 2017


  • PhD in Media and Cultural Studies (University of Sunderland, 2018)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Sunderland, 2014)