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Edward Wright

Research Associate

I am a sociologist and criminologist working as a researcher within the Rights Lab Care and Custody Lever team.

Prior to becoming a member of the Rights Lab research team, I undertook my PhD in sociology at The University of Nottingham. My doctoral research concerned the construction of identity in late modernity, taking a boxing club as a case study. I analysed the process of becoming a boxer and the relationship between violence and various social divisions, within the context of advanced capitalism. I see my doctoral research as the first step towards fulfilling a far larger scholarly aim, which is, principally, to better understand what it means to be human in the context of the twenty-first century, or, put another way, to understand the relationship between the micro and the macro at this point in human history. Human trafficking and modern slavery are important cases in relation to this endeavour, both in terms of perpetrators and survivors.

I have also conducted research on imprisonment; creative practice, sport and mental health; the electronic monitoring of offenders; and the social construction of the body.

In terms of my wider academic background: I read Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sheffield, before undertaking an MSc in Social and Cultural Theory at The University of Bristol. I was funded by the ESRC to undertake a 1+3 studentship at The University of Nottingham. I received my MA degree in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research Methods in 2013, and passed my doctoral thesis viva voce examination with no corrections in December 2017. I am currently writing for publication from my doctoral and secondary research projects, in addition to working as a Rights Lab researcher. 


Practical Expertise

In addition to my work as a research associate in The Rights Lab, I teach on various modules in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. 

For semester one (academic session 17/18) these are: The Philosophy of Social Science (postgraduate) and Culture, Identity and Deviance (undergraduate).

For semester two (academic session 17/18) these are:

The Sociology of Prisons (undergraduate), Culture, Identity and Deviance (undergraduate) and Foundations in Qualitative Methods (postgraduate).


I am currently writing for publication based on all of my research endeavours.

Select Oral Papers:

  • Wright, E.J. ‘Working towards a sociology of the face in everyday life’, British Sociological Association 2017 Annual Conference, University of Manchester [04/04/2017]
  • Wright, E.J. ‘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]
  • Wright, E.J. ‘Locating Inequality in The Experience of Charity Boxing’ The 9th Annual Enquire Conference, University of Nottingham [25/02/2017]
  • Jordan, M., Purser, A., Grundy, A., Wright, E.J., Joyes, E.  ‘Can capoeira encourage societal connectedness?’ International Health Humanities Conference, University of Seville [17/09/2016].
  • Wright, E.J. ‘‘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 Biennial International Conference, University of Bristol [05/07/2016].
  • Wright, E.J. ‘Tattoos as Bodily Mediations of Place-based Belonging’, British Sociological Association Citizenship Study Group Early Career Academic Conference, University of Nottingham [18/01/16].
  • Wright, E.J. ‘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].
  • Pecha Kucha presentation (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) on electronic monitoring of offenders at the Nottingham ESRC DTC Research Showcase. 

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