Dr Fiona Spotswood

About me

I would welcome applications from potential PhD candidates wishing to explore areas which fit within my areas of interest and expertise. I have experience supervising students to completion across different faculties and using different methodologies. I am particularly interested in expressions of interest from students looking to explore existing conventions around behaviour change from a practice theoretical perspective. I have an expertise in ethnographic and qualitative methods but am open to suggestions of mixed methods from students who have seriously considered methodological rigor and fit. If you are interested in having a conversation about a possible PhD project please get in touch.

Current PhD supervisions:

  1. Year 2 of full time PhD – ethnographic study of 'fast fashion' consumers. A study of consumer identity and behaviour.
  2. Year 1 of full time PhD – behaviour change study of water consumption. Critique of existing interventions and exploration of methodologically and theoretically innovative options for the water industry.
  3. Year 1 of full time PhD (pre RD1) – mixed method exploration of the role of corporate business in the promotion of positive body image.

Area of expertise

behaviour change, social practice, sociology of consumption, research methods.

My Publications