Professor Bruna Seu




I am currently working on the SOMIC project. The ‘States of Mind in Conflict’ (SOMIC) project launched in August 2020, based in the Centre for Researching & Embedding Human Rights at Birkbeck, University of London, and is due to present its findings in July/August 2021. The project is funded by the Swiss federal government research programme, with subject matter expertise provided by the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).


Administrative responsibilities

  • In January 2021 I will return to being Programme Director of the MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development

Professional activities

I am Assistant Editor for The International Journal of Human Rights

On 8/9th March 2019 I co-organised the “Palestinian Childhoods; Mental Health, Human Rights, and Resistance ” conference, co-sponsored by CREHR (Centre for Researching and Embedding Human Rights), Birkbeck and the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network. For more details see CREHR website.

International PhD examinations:

Professional memberships

  • Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Full Member, UKCP, College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis
  • HRRN – Human Rights Researchers Network
  • UCL Alumni Association
  • Full Member ILT (Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)
  • Full Member AAP (Arbours Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)
  • Member of APS (Association of Psychosocial Studies)


Research interests

  • Denial, Acknowledgment and Reparation following human rights violations;
  • Psychosocial approaches to human rights;
  • Conciliation and peace processes
  • Humanitarianism and public responses to humanitarian crises
  • Qualitative methods, in particular Discourse Analysis and biographical methods
  • Psychoanalysis and applied psychodynamic theory, in particular in relation to denial, acknowledgement, reparation and peace processes
  • Psychology of peace mediation

Research Centres and Institutes

Post doctoral staff

  • Dr. Dominic Reilly
  • Dr. Marci Lopez-Levy

Supervision and teaching


Doctoral alumni



Teaching modules

  • Psychoanalytic or Jungian Analytic Theory (PSSL001H7)
  • Dissertation MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development (PSSL003D7)
  • Independent Research Module (SSPA085D7)




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