Andy Fugard


I am a senior lecturer in social science research methods at Birkbeck, University of London, in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, and director of our postgraduate programmes in Social Research. I teach quantitative research methods and theorising social researchMy research focuses on understanding how people cope with mental health difficulties and evaluating the effectiveness of different ways of helping. I am also interested in ways of mixing quantitative and qualitative analyses.

I am an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founding member and on the steering committee of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, member of the British Sociological Association and co-convenor of the Sociology of Mental Health Study Group, and associate editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.


From 2013-2017 I was a lecturer at University College London where I taught research methods for educational and child psychology doctoral trainees. Before that, I was a research fellow (2011-2013) at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, researching UK children and young people's mental health care outcomes. I spent three years in Austria before moving to London where I was a postdoc at the University of Salzburg (2008–2011) investigating how people reason about "if"s and how software engineers think about trust.

I have a background in informatics and psychology, training at the Doctoral Training Centre in Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience and Psychology department, University of Edinburgh, where I took a PhD (2009) on individual differences in reasoning along the broader autism spectrum, and an MSc (2005) in Neuroinformatics. My first degree is in Computer Science (BEng, Queen’s University Belfast, 2002).

Other info

Books I enjoyed; music I'm listening to; a poem inspired by the later stages of the PhD (some advice on choosing a PhD programme and writing up a thesis); quotations and poems; a blog; some lyrics; links to software I use; places I like in London; a smile machine; how about a little game of bingo for when you're listening to politicians on the news?

A poem

Brief encounter

You and me, two close points
on the concourse, and the train
a magnetic third, drawing you

out of my arms. You move
off, dragging our three sides
through narrowing scalene

towards a single line. Waving,
diminishing, you slip into the train,
and your combined points pull away.

– Rachel Piercey

Song of the Day