Emma Wainwright

Dr Emma Wainwright

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Geography - Social Work

Room: Mary Seacole Building
Brunel University London
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266088
Email: emma.wainwright@brunel.ac.uk

About Emma

Academic qualifications

  • MA (Hons) Geography (1st Class), University of Aberdeen
  • PGC in Secondary Education (Geography and Modern Studies), Moray House, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD in Social and Historical Geography, University of St Andrews
  • PGC in Higher Education, Brunel University London

Profile

Emma is senior lecturer in Sociology/ Social Geography and Research Lead for the Division of Social Work and Public Health. She is also co-director of the Centre for Human Geography and a member of the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (Health and Social Sciences theme). Emma studied Geography at the University of Aberdeen and, after completing her PGCE (Secondary) at the University of Edinburgh and a brief foray into teaching, was awarded a scholarship by the University of St Andrews to undertake her PhD in Social and Historical Geography. Her broad geographical research interests attend to gender, family, education and social policy with recent substantive focus on training-for-work policies, family learning, body work, student parents and first-in-family students. Emma’s work has been funded through grants awarded by the Learning and Skills Council, Brunel University London, the British Academy and ESRC. Emma acts as a regular reviewer for various academic journals and she is currently a member of the ESRC peer review college (2010-2014). In 2006 Emma was awarded the Newbigin Prize by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for her paper published in the Scottish Geographical Journal. Recent work has been published in Area, Sociology of Health and Illness, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Geoforum and an edited collection of papers on Women, Work-life Balance and Quality of Life in Gender, Place and Culture.  

Current seminar series funding

Contemporary family geographies: health, care and wellbeing, funded by Brunel University London research seminar series award, 2014-15

Current research project

Investigating new landscapes of training for work: the extended role of housing associations, funded by Athena SWAN award, Brunel University London, 2014-16 - £13,137 (PI)

First in the Family Project

This project explored the experiences and learning needs of Brunel students who are ‘first-in-their-family’ to attend University. We talked to students of different ages, ethnicity, learner biographies and personal background. Three videos of their experiences can be seen here:

Interview with Elizabeth Allen - Why Brunel?
http://youtu.be/IXg6EiuVjDI 

Interview with Poonam Bhatoa - Why Brunel?
http://youtu.be/19hXPR6HnbA

Interview with Olufemi Oluwasanya - Why Brunel?
http://youtu.be/3KiOnrjaPUw

Responsibilities

Committee responsibilities

  • Departmental research and PGR advisory group
  • Communications and website working groups

 

Admin responsibilities

  • Divisional research lead
  • Co-director, Centre for Human Geography
  • Marketing officer
  • Newsletter editor
  • Brunel's ESRC peer review panel
  • Gender mentoring scheme - mentor  

Teaching responsibilities

BA Social Work

  • Sociology (module leader)
  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice
  • Practice learning 1 (Level 1 tutor)
  • Social Policy
  • Final project supervision

MA Social Work

  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation supervision

MA Children, Youth and International Development

  • Dissertation supervision 

PhD supervision

  • Frank Offer (Doctorate of Education student): Full participation in education and training to age 18 in England: perspectives from policy and life-worlds of young people (successfully completed July 2013 with no amendments)
  • Yusi Cheng (PhD student): Examining the transformative role of music education in developing students' understandings of sustainable development (due for completion Summer 2014)

Research

Research interests

  • Social, historical and cultural geography
  • Gender, education and geography
  • Women, work and the welfare state
  • Social geographies of training for work
  • Social policy, family and the geographies of care
  • Embodiment, body work and emotional labour
  • Urban geographies of the industrial and contemporary city

Research centres

Research projects and grants

  • Investigating new landscapes of training for work: the extended role of housing associations, funded by Athena SWAN award, Brunel University London - £13,137 (PI)
  • Supporting 'first-in-family' students through university, funded by Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund, Brunel University London - £4,280 (PI with M Watts)

    This project explored the experiences and learning needs of Brunel students who are ‘first-in-their-family’ to attend University. We talked to students of different ages, ethnicity, learner biographies and personal background. Three videos of their experiences can be seen here:

    Three videos of their experiences can be seen here:

    Interview with Elizabeth Allen - Why Brunel?
    http://youtu.be/IXg6EiuVjDI 

    Interview with Poonam Bhatoa - Why Brunel?
    http://youtu.be/19hXPR6HnbA

    Interview with Olufemi Oluwasanya - Why Brunel?
    http://youtu.be/3KiOnrjaPUw

  • Representations of the urban in 'new' city guides (with M Degen)
  • The body-training choices, expectations and experiences of mothers in West London, funded by the ESRC First Grants Scheme - PI £211,815
  • Meanings of work, learning and motherhood in family learning, funded by the British Academy - PI £7,264 Final report
  • An analysis of the learning needs and experiences of students with dependent children at Brunel University London, funded by the Curriculum Innovation Fund, Brunel University London - PI £7,888 (with E Marandet) Final report
  • Women's progression through training: from socialisation to qualification, funded by the London West LSC - £52,038 (Co-I with S Buckingham, E Marandet and F Smith)
  • The training needs of women with children under five, funded by ESF for the London West LSC (with S Buckingham, E Marandet and F Smith)
  • Regulatory geographies of women, work and the formative welfare state in Dundee, c. 1870-1930 PhD research (Owen Silver Scholarship)

External

Membership and affiliation

  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (2010-2014)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers
    • Committee member: Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group 
  • Member of Scottish Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional activities or recognition

Regular peer reviewer for Journals including Environment and Planning A, Geoforum, Gender, Place and Culture, Social and Cultural Geography, Societies, and British Educational Research Journal

 

Conferences

Recent conference organisation:

Contemporary family geographies: health, care and wellbeing: two half seminar days at Brunel and the RGS, 2015, with the Centre for Human Geography

'Family Geographies: care and wellbeing' conference/workshop at the RGS, April 2014 with John Barker, the Centre for Human Geography at Brunel, and the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group

'Geographies of Family', 3 sessions at the IBG/RGS, Edinburgh, July 2012 with John Barker (Brunel) and Rebecca Collins (UCL)

'Geographies that Matter, Geographies of Care', 3 sessions at the IBG/RGS, London, August, 2008 with Kate Boyer (Southampton)

'Gendered Spaces of Body and Emotion Work', session at the AAG, Boston, April 2008 with Fiona Smith and Elodie Marandet (Brunel)

Recent conference/seminar presentations:

Panel discussant at CAM research event, University of Birmingham, March 2014

'The state, the family and the social geographies of family learning', paper presented at the CHG seminar series, Brunel, 2012

'Social mobility in the slipstream: the family impact of first-generation students at university', paper presented at the 'Identities in Contemporary Education' conference, Brunel, 2012 

Roundtable discussant at Body Work conference, BSA Study Group on Ageing, Body and Society, London, 2011

'Regulation and resistance in body training: negotiating the 'trainee' identity', paper presented at the ESRC Body Work seminar series, University of Warwick, 2009

'Training for body work and aspirations for entrepreneurship', paper presented at the IBG/RGS, Manchester, 2009

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2014) Wainwright, E., Barker, J., Ansell, N., Buckingham, S., Hemming, P. and Smith, F., Geographers out of place: Institutions, (inter)disciplinarity and identity, Area

(2013) Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E., Family learning and the socio-spatial practice of 'supportive' power, British Journal of Sociology of Education 34 (4) : 504- 524

(2011) Wainwright, E., Marandet, E. and Rizvi, S., The Means of Correct Training: Embodied Regulation in Training for Body Work among Mothers, 50- 66

(2011) Wainwright, E., Marandet, E. and Rizvi, S., The means of correct training: Embodied regulation in training for body work among mothers, Sociology of Health and Illness 33 (2) : 220- 236

(2011) Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E., Geographies of family learning and aspirations of belonging, Children's Geographies 9 (1) : 95- 109

(2011) Wainwright, E., Marandet, E., Buckingham, S. and Smith, F., The training-to-work trajectory: pressures for and subversions to participation in the neoliberal learning market in the UK, Gender, Place and Culture 18 (5) : 635- 654

(2011) Smith, F., Wainwright, E., Buckingham, S. and Marandet, E., Women, work-life balance and quality of life: case studies from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, Gender, Place and Culture 18 603- 610

(2010) Wainwright, E., Marandeta, E., Smith, F. and Rizvi, S., The microgeographies of learning bodies and emotions in the 'classroom-salon', Emotion, Space and Society 3 (2) : 80- 89

(2010) Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E., Parents in higher education: Impacts of university learning on the self and the family, Educational Review 62 (4) : 449- 465

(2010) Marandet, E. and Wainwright, E., Invisible experiences: Understanding the choices and needs of university students with dependent children, British Educational Research Journal 36 (5) : 787- 805

(2010) Wainwright, E., Buckingham, S., Marandet, E. and Smith, F., 'Body training': Investigating the embodied training choices of/for mothers in West London, Geoforum 41 (3) : 489- 497

(2010) Degen, M. and Wainwright, E., Wallpaper* city guides and gendering the urban aesthetic, Tourist Studies 10 (2) : 155- 174

(2009) Marandet, E. and Wainwright, E., Discourses of integration and exclusion: equal opportunities for university students with dependent children?, Space and Polity 13 (2) : 109- 125

(2009) Wainwright, E., Manufacturing space: Gendered cityscapes and industrial images in Dundee, Environment and Planning A 41 (2) : 336- 352 Download publication

(2009) Revell, A. and Wainwright, E., What makes lectures 'unmissable'? Insights into teaching excellence and active learning, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 33 (2) : 209- 223 Download publication

(2008) Smith, F., Barker, J., Wainwright, E., Marandet, E. and Buckingham, S., A new deal for lone parents? Training lone parents for work in West London, Area 40 (2) : 237- 244

(2007) Wainwright, EM., Constructing gendered workplace ‘types': The weaver-millworker distinction in Dundee's jute industry, c.1880-1910, Gender, Place & Culture 14 (4) : 467- 482 Download publication

(2007) Wainwright, EM., Detailing spaces and processes of resistance: Working women in Dundee's jute industry, Geoforum 38 (4) : 688- 697 Download publication

(2006) Buckingham, S., Marandet, E., Smith, F., Wainwright, E. and Diosi, M., The liminality of training spaces: places of private/public transitions, Geoforum 37 (6) : 895- 905 Download publication

(2005) Wainwright, EM., Dundee's jute mills and factories: Spaces of production, surveillance and discipline, Scottish Geographical Journal 121 (2) : 121- 140 Download publication

(2003) Wainwright, E., "Constant medical supervision": Locating reproductive bodies in Victorian and Edwardian Dundee, Health & Place 9 (2) : 163- 174

Book Chapters

(2008) Wainwright, E. and Ansell, N., Geographies of sports development: The role of space and place. In: Girginov, V. ed. Management of Sports Development. London : Elsevier 183- 200 Download publication

Other publications

In press:

Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E. (forthcoming, 2015) (Re)articulating identity through learning space: training for massage and reflexology in N. Gale and J. McHale (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Social Science and Law 

Reports:

Wainwright, E., Marandet, E. and Rizvi, S. (2009) The body-training choices, expectations and experiences of mothers in West London (Brunel University London)

Wainwright and Marandet, E. (2007) A qualitative study of mothers' experiences of family learning in West London (Brunel University London)  

Wainwright, E. and Marandet, E. (2006) An analysis of the learning needs and experiences of students with dependent children (Brunel University London)  

Buckingham, S., Diosi, M., Marandet, E., Smith, F. and Wainwright, E. (2005) Women's progression through training: from socialisation to qualification,  a report for the London West LSC

Buckingham, S., Marandet, E., Smith, F. and Wainwright, E. (2004) The training needs of women with children under five, a report for the London West LSC

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