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Dr Clare Jackson
Senior Lecturer



  • BSc Psychology (Lancashire Polytechnic)
  • MA Psychology (Open)
  • PhD Sociology (York)

I have been at York since 2005, first as a PhD student, then as a Teaching Fellow. I took up a lectureship in 2013. My teaching includes conversation analysis (CA) and modules attached to the social psychology pathway. I am the course leader for the degree in Sociology with Social Psychology.

My PhD combined my interests in interaction, identity and gender, and used CA to examine gendered person references in mundane interaction. In part, this work was a response to, and a critique of, the notion that gendered speakers always-already produce gendered talk. Since then, I have been using CA to study the interactional accomplishment of decision-making in clinical settings. From 2015-2017 I worked on a project which analysed the ways that choice is (not) offered in neurology consultations. Since 2017, I have been working on the ways that decisions are made in the interaction between labouring women, their birth partners and healthcare practitioners in midwifery-led units.



My main research interest is the application of Conversation Analysis to mundane and institutional settings. In particular:

  • Gender and language
  • References to persons and matters of turn-design more broadly
  • Pragmatic relationship between form and function of talk-in-interaction
  • Feminist work using CA: Complexities, challenges and compatibilities
  • Institutional interaction
  • Decision making in clinical settings
  • Childbirth


Selected publications

  • Jones, D., Drew, W. P., Jackson, C. and Wilkinson, R. (2019) Variation and interactional non-standardisation in neuropsychological tests: The case of the Addenbrooke’s cognitive examination. Qualitative Health Research
  • Reuber, M., Chappell, P. J., Jackson, C. and Toerien, M. G. (2018) Evaluating nuanced practices for initiating decision making in neurology clinics: A mixed-methods study. Health Services and Delivery Research
  • Toerien, M. G. and Jackson, C. (2018) Seeing silenced agendas in medical interaction: A conversation analytic case study. In Murray, A. J. and Durrheim, K. (eds.) Qualitative studies of silence: The unsaid as social action. Cambridge University Press
  • Jackson, C. (2018) Referring to third-persons in English interaction: A single case analysis. Shanghai Journal of Foreign Languages
  • Halls, A., Uprichard, E. and Jackson, C. (2018) Changing girlhoods – changing girl guiding. Sociological Review
  • Chappell, P. J., Toerien, M. G., Jackson, C. and Reuber, M. (2018) Following the patient’s orders? Recommending vs. offering choice in neurology outpatient consultations. Social Science and Medicine
  • Holmes, E. J. B., Toerien, M. G. and Jackson, C. (2017) The interactional bind of 'just [do X]'. Research on Language and Social Interaction
  • Uprichard, E. and Jackson, C. (2017) Classification in the encyclopedia of social theory. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Jackson, C. and Uprichard, E. (2017) Data in encyclopedia of social theory. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Jackson, C. (2016) I sort of did stuff to him: A case study of tellability and taboo in young people's talk about sex. Article in Narrative Inquiry
  • Jackson, C., Land, V. and Holmes, E. (2016) Healthcare professionals' assertions and women's responses during labour: A conversation analytic study of data from One Born Every Minute. Patient Education and Counseling
  • Jackson, C. (2016) Data collection in conversation analysis in Flick, U. (ed.) SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection. Sage
  • Ohashi, Y., Wooffitt, R., Jackson, C. and Nixon, Y. (frth) (2013) Discourse, culture and anomalous experiences: Preliminary observations from a comparative, qualitative analysis of Japanese and UK English accounts of paranormal phenomena. Western Journal of Communication
  • Jackson, C. (2013) Why do these people’s opinions matter? Positioning known referents as unnameable others. Discourse Studies, 15(3):1-19
  • Wooffitt, R., Jackson, C., Reed, D., Ohashi, Y. and Hughes, I. (2013) Self-identity, authenticity and the Other: The spirits and audience management in stage mediumship. Language and Communication, 33(2):93-105
  • Jackson, C. and Jones, D. (2012) Well they had a couple of bats to be truthful: Well-prefaced self-repairs in managing precision in interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 47(1):28-40
  • Jackson, C. (2011) The gendered 'I' in Spear, S. A. and Stokoe E. H. (eds.) Gender and Conversation, Cambridge: CUP
  • Hepburn, A. and Jackson, C. (2009) A discursive psychological approach to cognition and emotion. In Fox, D., Prilleltensky, I. and Austin, S. (eds.) Critical Psychology: An Introduction (2nd ed.) London: Sage
  • Stockill, C. (2007) Trust the experts? Notes and observations on choice and control in childbirth. A response to Crossley. Feminism & Psychology, 17, 571-577
  • Stockill, C. and Kitzinger, C. (2007) Gendered people: How linguistically non-gendered terms can have gendered interactional relevance. Feminism & Psychology, 17, 224-236
Conference Papers
  • Jackson, C. (2010) Placing known others at a distance in order to complain: A marked use of non-recognitional person reference. Abstract submitted to the Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, British Psychological Society, September 2010
  • Jackson, C. and Jones, D. (2010) Well they had a couple of bats to be truthful: Well-prefaced self-repairs in managing precision in interaction. Paper accepted to the International Conference in Conversation Analysis, Manheim, July 2010
  • Jackson, C. (2009) Why do these people's opinions matter?: Alternative less-than-recognitional person reference. Paper presented at the ASA Annual Conference, San Francisco, August 2009
  • Jackson, C. (2008) Conversation analysis: Researching social life as situated achievement. Symposium for the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Leeds, September 2008
  • Jackson, C. (2008) Making gender relevant. CA for psychologists workshop. Hosted by the Feminist CA Unit and funded by the British Psychological Society
  • Jackson, C. (2008) The gendered 'I'. Conference paper presented at the Psychology of Women Section (BPS) Annual Conference, July 2008
  • Stockill, C. and Kitzinger, C. (2007) Use of alternative (non-) recognitionals: A marked practice to display social distance. Paper presented at the 10th International Pragmatics Association Conference, Sweden, July 2007 
Book Reviews
  • Review of Speer, S. A. (2005) Gender talk: Feminism, discourse and conversation analysis. London: Routledge. Feminism & Psychology, 2006, 16, 4:501-504
  • Review of McGowan, T. (2004) The end of dissatisfaction? Jacques Lacan and the emerging society of enjoyment. New York: SUNY Press. Psychology of Women Section Review, 2006, 8:70-71
  • Review of Willig, C. (2001) Introducing qualitative research in psychology adventures in theory and method. Buckingham: Open University Press. Psychology of Women Section Review, 2004, 6, 73-75



I was pathway lead for the undergraduate programme in Sociology with Social Psychology from 2012 to 2019 and contribute teaching across this degree. I also teach modules in conversation analysis.

Clare Jackson

Contact details

Dr Clare Jackson
Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology LMB/228
University of York
YO10 5GD

Tel: +44(0)1904 32 3579