Dr Hugh Ortega Breton

Senior Research Assistant - Psychosocial Research Unit, Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, Visual Culture Research Group
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Hugh’s research applies object relation psychoanalysis to investigate the role of emotions in communication. He is particularly interested in the impact of risk aversion and therapeutic discourse on political agency, and how this impacts on other areas of social life. In doing so, his work draws on interdisciplinary scholarship including psychocultural studies, sociology, object relations psychoanalysis, media studies and the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. His many research collaborations attest to his advocacy of transdisciplinary and team working. He has designed and delivered research-informed teaching on the screen representation of armed conflicts and international terrorism, and the role of emotions in political and popular culture. He has taught both social workers and media production students.