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Book Launch: Social theory and the politics of higher education: critical perspectives on institutional research

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This session will launch a new edited collection pertaining to social theory application in the context of higher education (published by Bloomsbury on December 12th 2020). 

The 4 editors (two of whom are the SIG leaders Cristina Costa and Mark Murphy) will provide an overview of the book, discussing the main themes and applied theories presented in the book.
The other editors are Dr. Rille Raaper (Durham University) and Dr. Ciaran Burke (University of the West of England)

The session will then be open for Q &A with the audience to discuss issues arising from the overview of the book.

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Mark Murphy, Dr

Reader in Education and Public Policy at University of Glasgow

Mark Murphy is Reader in Education & Public Policy, University of Glasgow. He has published widely in the field of social theory and applied research, with recent books including Habermas and social research: Between theory and method (Routledge,...

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Cristina Costa, Dr

Assistant Professor at Durham University

Cristina Costa is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. She has a strong interest in educational and digital practices and inequalities. She particularly interested in exploring the intersection of education and...

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Rille Raaper, Dr

Associate Professor in Sociology of Higher Education at Durham University

Rille Raaper is an associate professor in Sociology of Higher Education and a deputy director of research in the School of Education at Durham University. Rille specialises in student identity, experience and political agency in marketised higher...

Ciaran Burke, Dr

Associate Professor of Higher Education at University of the West of England

I originally studied Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast (2004-2008), after graduation I stayed at Queen’s University to pursue my PhD research (2008-2012) which examined the role of social class on graduate employment trajectories. I...