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Dr Mariann Martsin


Job Title: WISERD Researcher (Local Knowledge in Context (KliC) team) from 1st January 2010 to 11th February 2011


Mariann was born and grew up in Estonia. She did her B.Sc. in Psychology and Social Pedagogy and M.Sc. in Psychology at Tallinn University. She completed her Ph.D. at University of Bath in 2008 and stayed there for another year as a post-doctoral researcher. Before joining WISERD in January 2010 Mariann worked in Wales Cancer Trials Unit, being involved in those cancer trials that had a qualitative element.

Research Interests

As a social psychologist, with affinity for socio-cultural and dialogical research traditions, Mariann is interested in understanding how people make sense of their lived-through experiences. In her previous work she has explored how temporary migrants, such as exchange students, make sense of their experiences in the new cultural context and how they re-construct a sense of sameness and continuity beyond the rupturing experience of migration.

Current Research

Mariann is currently interested in understanding how young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds make sense of their life-course transitions and imagine themselves forward despite the popular negative attitudes towards the youth and about their future perspectives.

Mariann is also interested in developing methods that allow capturing and better understanding of human sense-making as it unfolds in time. She is especially curious about micro-genetic and multi-modal methods.

Mariann is currently co-editing a book Dialogicality in focus: Challenges to theory, method and applicationthat will bring together recent advances in dialogical research tradition. The book will be published in 2011 by Nova Science Publishers

Recent Publications

Märtsin M, Mahmoud H, 2012, 'Never at home? Migrants between societies' in J. Valsiner (Ed) Oxford handbook of culture and psychology (Oxford University Press, Oxford) (Available here)

Märtsin M, 2010, 'The business of unfinished business: reflections on co-construction of meanings in research encounters' in S. Salvatore,  J. Valsiner, A. Gennaro, J. Traves (Eds) Yearbook of Idiographic Science, Vol 3, (Firera Publishing Group, Rome) (Available here)

Märtsin M, 2010, 'Identity in dialogue: identity as hyper-generalized personal sense' Theory & Psychology 20, 436-450

Märtsin M, 2010, 'Commentary: Making sense of identity dialogues' Culture & Psychology 16, 109-115

Märtsin M, 2009, 'Rupturing otherness: becoming Estonian in the context of contemporary Britain' Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science 44, 65-81

Märtsin M, 2008, 'Commentary: Self and other in communication and cognition: the role of auto-communication and intersubjectivity in autopoiesis of psychic systems' Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science 42, 208-211 




Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.