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Edward Wright

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Dr Edward Wright is a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology. He currently lectures on the sociology of crime, explaining criminal behaviour, social structure and social life, and race and racism.

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 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 2018. As of August 2018, Edward is a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology.

Research areas

Dr Wright is a qualitative researcher, whose overall research focus is to contribute to social theory through qualitative research. 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 published in The International Review for The Sociology of Sport and The Sociological Review, and continues to write for publication, both alone and in collaboration with others.

External activity

Edward is a member of The British Sociological Association


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, [online first].

Wright, E.J. (2018) 'Fast-track fisticuffs? An ethnographic exploration of time and white-collar boxing', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, [online first].

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].