Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Gary Fry

Research Fellow

My work currently involves researching the experience of carers in employment. Prior to this post, I worked in psychology at the University of Leeds, researching the experience of smoking in young people.

Before that, I graduated and then gained a PhD in psychology at the University of Huddersfield, looking at the experience of social anxiety using qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of existential phenomenological thought to mainstream psychology and sociology. I am also interested in the use of fiction and literature as research data in the social sciences.


I'm not currently doing any teaching, though I have four years of experience teaching at undergraduate level and supervising Masters dissertations.

PhD Supervision

I would be interested in supporting projects that drew on existential phenomenological thought and/or literary sources as data in social sciences.

Key Publications

Fry, G., Grogan, S., Gough, B. and Conner, M. (2008) ‘Smoking in the Lived World: How young people make sense of the social role smoking plays in their lives.’ British Journal of Social Psychology.

Carers Employment and Services Report Series (Series of 14 reports, with colleagues) London: Carers UK (2007).

Fry, G., Butt, T. & Bell, R. (2003). 'Joint Action and Core Construing'. Psychological Constructivism and the Social World. Milan: Franco Angeli.

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