Erica Burman

Erica Burman is Professor of Education, and a United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists registered Group Analyst. She is known as a critical developmental psychologist and methodologist specialising in innovative and activist qualitative research.


Professor of Education

Manchester Institute of Education

University of Manchester


She is author of Deconstructing Developmental Psychology (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2017), Developments: child, image, nation (Routledge, 2008), and is co-editor (with Dan Cook) of the SAGE Encyclopaedia of Childhood and Childhood Studies (forthcoming). Erica co-founded the Discourse Unit ( a transinstitutional, transdisciplinary network researching the reproduction and transformation of language and subjectivity. Erica's research has focused on critical developmental and educational psychology, feminist and postcolonial theory, childhood studies, and on critical mental health practice (particularly around gender and cultural issues). She has co-led funded research projects on conceptualising and challenging state and interpersonal violence in relation to minoritised women and children, and on educational and mental health impacts of poverty and 'austerity'. She currently leads the Knowledge, Power and Identity research strand of SEAN at MIE (see, and her current work focuses on postcolonial readings of discourses of childhood and development through the work of Frantz Fanon. For further information see and She is a past Chair of the Psychology of Women Section of the British Psychological Society, and in 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Fellowship of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her contribution to Psychology.