Dr Ciaran Burke

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About me

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 have worked in a number of universities in the UK and joined the UWE team as a Associate Professor in September 2019.

Over the years I have been involved in a range of research projects looking at graduate employment, widening participation, service families but all with a strong social justice focus. I currently sit on the editorial board of Social Theory Applied and Sociological Research Online. In addition I am a convenor for the British Sociological Association Bourdieu Study Group and the Society for Research into Higher Education Employment, Enterprise and Work-Based Learning network.

Area of expertise

Social Theory - in particular Bourdieu and Critical Realism
Biographical Research Methods
Graduate Employment
Widening Participation


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