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Edward Wright

Assistant Professor in Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Wright joined The School of Sociology and Social Policy in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor in Criminology. Prior to this, he worked at Nottingham Trent University, as a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology. Prior to this, Dr Wright previously 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 teaches on:

- Investigating Social Worlds (a first year research methods module)

- Prisons and Society (a second year option module)

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.

Research Summary

Dr Wright's current research agenda includes:

- an ongoing interview study on the relation between ethnography and the neoliberal university. You can read a blogpost about this here.

- the future of work, in terms of harm and power. You can read a related blogpost here.

- decolonizing zemiology

- sex offenders and their release from prison

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. Alongside this, Dr Wright has conducted research on prisons, capoeira, and modern slavery and mental health.

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