Our Team

Dr Jessie Abrahams

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Co-Convenor – Web Officer

Jessie Abrahams is a research fellow at the University of Surrey working on a European Research Council-funded ‘Eurostudents’ project. The research is seeking to explore how ‘the student’ is conceptualized by various social actors (the media, institutions, policy makers and students themselves) in six different countries in Europe. Jessie recently completed an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)  funded PhD at Cardiff University. Her thesis employed a Bourdieusian approach, exploring the micro and macro ways in which the contemporary English education system works to reproduce social class inequalities. Jessie is co-editor of Bourdieu: The next generation and co-author of Higher Education, Social Class and Social Mobility: the Degree Generation. Jessie is also a research associate on the longitudinal Leverhulme trust-funded Paired Peers project which tracked a cohort of undergraduates from different backgrounds through their degrees at Bristol’s two universities and is continuing to follow them into the labour market.

Her main research interests include: Social Class, Education, Inequality, Bourdieu, Ethnicity, Gender.

Jessie is currently undertaking the role of Web Officer for the Bourdieu Study Group. This involves updating the website, including uploading blog posts. Jessie will also be sending out a call for members publications once a year during the summer and will upload the members publications list accordingly. To get in touch with us about any web related queries please contact Jessie at: bourdieuweb@gmail.com

Dr Jenny Thatcher

Co-Convenor – Events and Publications Coordinator

In 2016 Jenny Thatcher completed a PhD at the University of East London (UEL) where she was awarded the School of Humanities and Social Science PhD Scholarship. Her PhD focused on Polish parents’ educational aspirations for their children in London and Nottingham, and employed a Bourdieusian framework to explore the reciprocal influences of migrants’ home and host societal structures in shaping Polish parents’ understandings of the education market when choosing a secondary school for their children. She is a co-founder and co-convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Bourdieu Study Group. In 2015 she was elected as a member of the Early Career Board for the Sociological Review and recently she was elected to be on the main Board of the Sociological Review. She is also the Event Manager for the Sociological Review.

Her main research interests include: Social Class, Inequalities, Aesthetics, Taste

Jenny is currently undertaking the role of events and publications coordinator for the Bourdieu Study Group. Her role involves overseeing the running of all study group events. Jenny is also responsible for managing any study group event related publication or special issue.  To get in touch with us about event or publication related query please contact Jenny at: bourdieuevents@gmail.com

Dr Nicola Ingram

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Co-Convenor – Biennial International Conference Coordinator

Nicola Ingram is a lecturer in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University and co-founder of the BSA Bourdieu Study Group. Nicola’s research is focused broadly on social class inequalities in education and she is particularly interested in how other aspects of identity, such as gender and ethnicity, interweave with the classed dimension. She is co-editor of Bourdieu: The next generation and co-author of Higher Education, Social Class and Social Mobility: the Degree Generation. She has published widely in the field of Sociology of Education and her work has strong Bourdieusian theoretical underpinnings. Nicola is co-investigator on the Leverhulme Trust funded, Paired Peers project, which is a longitudinal qualitative inquiry, tracking cohort of working-class and middle-class young people through university from 2010 and into post graduation destinations in 2017.

Her main research interests include: Social Class, Habitus, Education, Identity, Masculinity

Nicola is currently undertaking the role of biennial international conference coordinator for the Bourdieu Study Group. This involves managing the organising of the group’s second biennial international conference which will take place in 2018. More information about this event will be released shortly. To get in touch with us about the conference please contact Nicola at: bourdieu.international@gmail.com

Dr Ciaran Burke

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Co-Convenor – Membership and Communications Officer 

Ciaran is a lecturer in Sociology at Ulster University. His research considers the role of habitus and capitals on graduate employment trajectories. He is author of “Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures: Degrees of Class” and co-editor of Bourdieu: The next generation.

His main research interests include: Employment, social class, policy sociology and the relationship between theory and method.

Ciaran is currently undertaking the role of membership and communications officer for the Bourdieu Study Group. His role includes managing the Jiscmail account including sending out regular e-mails to members. His role also includes adding new members to the study group. Ciaran is also responsible for replying to general enquires about the study group. To get in touch with us about any membership or other general enquiries please contact Ciaran at: bourdieu2011@gmail.com.

Kirsty Morrin

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Co-Convenor – Social Media Officer 

Kirsty Morrin is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester and was awarded the President Doctoral Scholarship award (PDS) by the University. The PDS Award is given to the most outstanding students from across the UK. Her PhD focuses on aspirations, social mobility and entrepreneurship in a North West academy secondary school. Previous to starting her PhD, Kirsty was a prize-winning student at Newcastle University where she undertook her BA (Hons) in Sociology and her MA in Sociology and Social Research.

Kirsty is currently undertaking the role of social media officer for the Bourdieu Study Group. Her role includes looking after our social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as sharing and tweeting study group related events and activities. To get in touch with the study group about any social media related issues please contact Kirsty on: bourdieumedia@gmail.com.

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