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Edward Wright

Assistant Professor in Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Wright joined The School of Sociology and Social Policy in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor in Criminology. He is the Senior Tutor for The School of Sociology and Social Policy. He is also the Disability Liaison Officer for the School, a member of the School's Research Ethics and Integrity Committee (REIC), and the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.

Prior to starting in his current position, Dr Wright worked at Nottingham Trent University, as a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology. Prior to this, he worked and studied in The School of Sociology and Social Policy, as an ESRC funded doctoral researcher, part-time teacher, and then as researcher at The University of Nottingham's Rights Lab.

In terms of academic qualifications, Dr Wright read for the following degrees: BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy, MSc Social and Cultural Theory, MA Criminological and Socio-legal Research, and PhD Sociology.

Teaching Summary

Dr Wright currently convenes Investigating Social Worlds (a first year research methods module), and teaches on Contemporary Theories of Crime, Justice and Society (a second year criminological… read more

Research Summary

You can read a short interview with Edward here regarding his research interests and profile.

Dr Wright's current research agenda includes:

- decolonizing zemiology. You can read about this here.

This research includes an ongoing project centering on tobacco and harm, with James Heydon and Caitlin Bunce. This work is supported by University of Nottingham School of Sociology and Social Policy Seedcorn funding (£5000).

- time, space and rhythm of court waiting rooms.

This research with Dr Melanie Jordan, currently in its planning phase, is supported by University of Nottingham School of Sociology and Social Policy Seedcorn funding (circa £2000).

- those with sexual convictions, their experiences of prison and release

- prison technologies

Edward is a member of the following UoN research centres:

- The Criminal Justice Research Centre

- The Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre

Past research:

Dr Wright's doctoral research was concerned with theorisations of identity in 'late' modernity, taking a boxing club as an ethnographic case study to host such a discussion. This work hosted a dialogue between the sociologies of Bauman and Bourdieu. Findings, discussion, and theorisation relate to, for instance: social class in the twenty-first century, particularly the relationship between class and taste, the condensation of time, the concept of failure, contemporary racisms in and beyond sport. You can read about some of this work here and here. Alongside this, Dr Wright has conducted research on prisons, capoeira, and modern slavery and mental health.

Ed welcomes prospective PhD candidates related to his research interests, particularly those interested in social and criminological theory, and qualitative methods.

Ed currently supervises Dee Yeagers. Dee's project is titled: Boxing in the Community: Moving Beyond the Myths of Sports' Positive Potentials to Reduce Violence. Dee is funded by a Universities for Nottingham initiative called Co(l)laboratory, a pioneering 8 year, £5.1m project supported by Research England, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and the Universities for Nottingham partnership. You can read more about Dee's project here.

Dr Wright currently convenes Investigating Social Worlds (a first year research methods module), and teaches on Contemporary Theories of Crime, Justice and Society (a second year criminological theory module).

As module convenor for Investigating Social Worlds, Dr Wright was awarded faculty funding towards diversifying the curriculum.

Previously, Dr Wright has taught a wide range of subjects at various academic levels (i.e. UG through to PGR), such as: research methods for criminology and sociology, philosophy of social science, criminological theory, sociological theory, the sociology of crime, the sociology of harm/zemiology, prisons and society.

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