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Research Profile

Dr Rachel Hurdley 

Career Profile

With a joint Classics and English degree, I initially taught Classics at an Oxford school, while volunteering at a housing rights centre.  Curious to explore the problem and meaning of ‘house and home’, I did a housing studies MSc.  In 2006, I completed a PhD in housing, Dismantling Mantelpieces: consumption as spectacle and shaper of self in the home at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography.   Following my time as a researcher in the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods in Qualiti, I took up an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship in SOCSI.  I was The Sociological Review Fellow 2009-10, writing a monograph, Home, Materiality, Memory and Belonging: keeping culture (2013). Making Wales, Remembering Home was a Beacon-funded collaborative film-making project with refugees and destitute asylum seekers. Building on a short study, The Power of Corridors, I am now doing an ethnography Rethinking Space, Openness and Organisation as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. This explores the relation between social, material and spatial interactions and relations on a university campus. 

Teaching Profile

I have contributed to a number of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional doctorate courses in SOCSI, CPLAN, RGS and HISAR (now SHARE).  These include:


Qualitative Research Methods, Research Design and Practice, Difference and Equality, Latin Historical Texts, Mediaeval Historical Texts, Beginners’ and Intermediate Latin


Power, Culture, and Identity, Social Research Methods, Reading Latin I and II