Paul’s research and teaching are in the areas of disability, mental health and cultural and political identities. His recent work explores the influence of psychopharmaceutical corporations on government and academia which has brought him to the discipline intersections of, inter alia, community development, creative arts, law, medicine, philosophy, psychology and sociology and to the topics of globalisation, geopolitics and the meaning of the notion of community and well-being in relation to cultural identity.

Prior to working at Victoria University, he worked at Stirling University, Scotland (1994-99), Northumbria University, England (1999-2002) and Manchester Metropolitan University, England (2002-2011).

Recent publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Duckett, P.S., & Değirmencioğlu, S. (2017). War, Peace and Community Psychology (Special Section Editorial). Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 27,4, 272-273.

Duckett, P.S., Fryer, D., Lawthom, R., Easpig, B., & Radermacher, H. (2013). The good, the bad and the ugly: Searching for critical research in psychology. Qualitative Research Journal, 13,2, 145-153.


Banister, P., Bunn, G., Burman, E., Daniels, J., Duckett, P.S., (2011). Qualitative methods in psychology: a research guide. McGraw-Hill: Maidenhead.

Burton, M., Kagan, C., Duckett, P.S., Lawthom, R., & Siddiquee, A. (2011). Critical community psychology. London: Wiley.

Refereed chapters

Evans, S., Duckett, P., Lawthom, R., & Kivell, N. (2016) Critical Community Psychology In M. Bond, C. Keys, & I. Serrano-Garcia, I., (eds.) Handbook of Community Psychology. Washington: American Psychological Association.

View all of Paul's publications in the VU Research Repository.

Research grants

  • Thomas Pocklington Trust, UK in 2007 totalling 17,000GBP
  • HEFCE Urban Regeneration Grant, UK in 2007 totalling 30,000GBP
  • Learning Teaching and Support Network (Psychology) UK Grant in 2004 totaling 5,000GBP
  • Healthy Schools Initiative, Wigan, UK Grant in 2003 totaling 15,000GBP
  • North Tyneside College, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Grant in 2001 totaling 500GBP 
  • The Gift of Thomas Pocklington, UK Grant in 2000 totaling 12,000GBP
  • The Gift of Thomas Pocklington, UK Grant in 1999 totaling 9,000GBP
  • Clackmannan & Falkirk Local Authorities, UK Grant in 1996 totaling 2,000GBP 

Areas of expertise

  • Community psychology
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Critical psychology
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Qualitative research methods

Contact details

(03) 9919 2384