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Eth. Lab

Eth. Lab focuses on activities which go towards the construction of ethnographies. It is an informal collection of individuals whose interests and activities have involved or will involve ethnographic methods or methodologies for research across different disciplines, departments and Schools in the University and beyond. Eth.Lab meets once per term, please contact one of the group below.

Eth Lab’s collective activities embrace:

a) Meeting, reading and discussing articles/chapters which focus upon ethnography

b) presentation of projects and publications

c) presentation of difficulties with ethnography, and mechanisms for promoting ethnography as a research option

d) Imagining and convening research projects and research activities

In all these activities Eth.Lab strives to create an ethos of mutual intellectual support for members.

Group organisers

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Dr John Hockey, Honorary Research Fellow in Sociology,

John’s early work was an ethnography of UK infantry, subsequently he has examined distance running and the craft knowledge developed via its habituation and has published extensively across these areas. Theoretically and conceptually he has made use of the resources found within sensory anthropology, sensory sociology, sociological phenomenology, ethnomethodology and symbolic interactionism.

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Dr Richard Cook, Lecturer in Games Technologies,

Richard’s PhD was an ethnography, which examined teachers and students social interactions with artificially intelligent (AI) ‘voice assistants’. His research focuses on ‘things’ to explore how and why people interact and engage with them. Richard’s specialist area is research methodologies and ‘creative’ methods, which he has written and published on.

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Dr Omar El Masri, Lecturer in Criminology,

Omar’s PhD was an ethnography of street art in post-conflict societies of Beirut and Belfast. Omar’s academic interests are concerned with the experience of everyday life for inhabitants living in cities emerging from protracted social conflicts with a focus on Lebanon and Northern Ireland.

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Inger Britt Lowater, PhD student

Inger Brit is using ethnography in her research to explore the delivery and implementation of a Restorative Practice Leadership Programme for school leaders in Gloucestershire. Restorative Practice is focused on how people create, maintain and repair relationships. Inger Brit is curious about what constitutes effective training that can facilitate desired and needed culture change in schools.

Additional information

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This research forms part of the Society and Learning research priority area.