Reading Group #3 Tuesday 30 June, 6-8pm

For our 3rd reading group we will be joined by Lynne Friedli to discuss her recent co-written article, Positive affect as coercive strategy: conditionality, activation and the role of psychology in UK government workfare programmes.

You can read the article here:

and a shorter blog piece here:

To find out where we’re meeting and to book a place please email

Lynne Friedli is a freelance researcher, with a special interest in mental health and social justice.

She wrote Mental health, resilience and inequality for WHO Europe and has contributed to the WHO Europe Strategy on Mental Health and the recent report on the Social Determinants of Mental Health.

She is part of Hubbub at the Wellcome Collection, exploring the dynamics of rest, noise, tumult, activity and work in modern life.

Lynne is interested in the politics of ‘assets based approaches’ (one of the ‘most read’ papers in Critical Public Health) and is currently researching the (mis) use of psychology in workfare and other employment programmes.

Lynne has a Ph.d in 18th century medical history and an MSc from London School of Economics on social policy and voluntary sector organisation and is a fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform.