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Edward Wright

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Dr Edward Wright is a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology. He currently lectures on a range of modules across sociology and criminology. Ed is also year one tutor for BA Sociology.

Career overview

Edward read for an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Policy (Sheffield), followed by an MSc in Social and Cultural Theory (Bristol). Edward was then awarded an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 scholarship, through which he undertook an MA in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research Methods (Nottingham) and a PhD in Sociology (Nottingham). Alongside his doctoral research, Edward taught on a wide range of sociology and criminology modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a part-time basis, as well as working as a research assistant on two research projects, respectively on imprisonment and the dance/martial art capoeira. Upon completion of his doctorate, Ed continued to teach at The University of Nottingham, whilst also working as a post-doctoral researcher in The Rights Lab (a specialist research unit at The University of Nottingham concerning modern slavery). Following this, Edward briefly lectured on an hourly-paid basis across two schools at Nottingham Trent University (The School of Science and Technology and The School of Social Sciences), before starting in the latter full-time as a Lecturer in Criminology in January 2019. As of August 2019, Edward is a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology.

Research areas

Dr Wright is a qualitative researcher and social theorist. His doctorate - an ethnography of a boxing club - hosted a theoretical discussion principally between the sociologies of Bauman and Bourdieu in terms of identity in late modernity. Through this, Edward's work engages with theories of knowledge, time, capitalism, social divisions, and embodiment. Edward has also been involved in research on modern slavery and mental healthcare, imprisonment, and capoeira. He has recently contributed to a special issue of Emotion, Space and Society (Reclaiming failure in geography: academic honesty in a neoliberal world) and continues to write for publication, both alone and in collaboration with others.

Edward welcomes applications for PhD supervision from across sociology, and in particular the following areas: identity, embodiment, ethnography, social theory, qualitative methodology, sport, social class (particularly those working in a Bourdieusian mode),


Jordan, M. Wright, E.J. and Purser, A. (2020) 'Capoeira' in Crawford, C., Brown, B. and Charise, A. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities, Abingdon and New York, Routledge, pp.377-381.

Wright, E.J. (2020)  'Coming to terms with the missing pieces: Toilet paper and ethnography in the neoliberal university', Emotion, Space and Society, 35 (May 2020): 1-4.

M. Jordan, E. J. Wright, A. Purser, A. Grundy, E. Joyes, N. Wright, P. Crawford & N. Manning (2019) 'Capoeira for beginners: self-benefit for, and community action by, new Capoeiristas', Sport, Education and Society, 24 (7): 756-769.

Wright, E.J. (2019) 'On white-collar boxing and social class', The Sociological Review,  67(6): 1400–1416.

Wright, E.J. (2018/2020) 'Fast-track fisticuffs? An ethnographic exploration of time and white-collar boxing', International Review for the Sociology of Sport,, 55 (4): 437-452.

Select Conference Papers

‘Certainty and uncertainty: some conceptual ambiguities, and thoughts on the future’, The 10th Enquire Conference, University of Nottingham [09/03/2019].

‘‘It felt like I was Carl Froch…’: on the performance of subjunctive identity in beginner-to-winner boxing’, British Sociological Association 2018 Annual Conference, Northumbria University. [12/04/2018].

‘Working towards a sociology of the face in everyday life’, British Sociological Association 2017 Annual Conference, University of Manchester [04/04/2017]

‘Going toe-to-toe with charity boxing: uncovering the exploitative labour relations in altruistic leisure’, British Sociological Association 2017 Annual Conference, University of Manchester [06/04/2017].

‘‘I don’t wanna hurt nobody! But that’s a thing you’ve gotta conquer’: on the transformation of gendered habitus in boxing’, British Sociological Association Bourdieu Study Group Conference, University of Bristol [05/07/2016].

‘Tattoos as Bodily Mediations of Place-based Belonging’, British Sociological Association Citizenship Study Group Early Career Academic Conference, University of Nottingham [18/01/16].

‘Negotiating the Work of Wacquant in the Production of an Ethnographic Account of White Collar Boxing’, British Sociological Association 2015 Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University [17/04/15].

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