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Louise Folkes

Myfyriwr ymchwil, Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


I am an AHSS college-funded PhD researcher in the School of Social Sciences. My PhD thesis explores social mobility, in particular critiquing normative understandings of social mobility whilst arguing the importance of place, community, social class, and gender. I am a critical researcher and I draw upon both critical discourse analysis and discursive psychology in my thesis.

My research overlaps with many areas, however my broad research interests are:

  • social class inequalities and identities

  • community development/organising

  • critical social psychology and narrative-discursive approaches

  • creative methods and ethnographic approaches


Folkes, L. (2018). Community Organising and Citizens UK: Can Tangible Social Change be Achieved through Institution-based Apolitical Politics? In: Roberts, J. and Ibrahim, J.(eds.) Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 2. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 28-46.

Folkes, L. (2018) ‘Book Review: Social Mobility for the 21st Century: Everyone a Winner?’. Sociological Research Online, 23(3), pp. 706–708

Folkes, L. (2018). Being the intrusive ‘double outsider’ inside Welsh family homes: Insights from researcher positionality. In: Clift, B. C., Hatchard, J. and Gore, J.  An Edited Volume of the Proceedings of the 4th Qualitative Research Symposium at the University of Bath. Bath, 31st January, 2018. Bath: The University of Bath, pp. 49-58.

Folkes, L. (2017). Book Review: Higher Education, Social Class and Social Mobility- The Degree Generation. Higher Education Review 50(1), pp.107-108.

Folkes, L. (2016). Book Review: Bourdieu: The Next Generation. The Development of Bourdieu's Intellectual Heritage in Contemporary UK Sociology. The Sociological Review 64(3), pp. 599-601.

Folkes, L. (2016). Book Review: Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Research Methods. Sociological Research Online 21(2), pp. 1-2.


Re-Imagining Social Mobility: The Role of Alternate Value Systems, Class and Place in Reconstructing Notions of Mobility. Making Sense of Social Mobility in Unequal Societies Seminar, University of Manchester, February 8th, 2019.

Re-Imagining Social Mobility: The Role of Alternate Value Systems, Social Class and Locality in Reconstructing Notions of Mobility. International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada, July 15th-21st, 2018.

Reading the Room: How to deal with the unexpected when utilising creative methods in community and home settings. Creative Research Methods Symposium, University of Derby, July 2nd, 2018.

'It's Always Been Known as the Top Road'- Social Class, Community and Subjectivity in Neoliberal Times. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Northumbria University, April 10th-12th, 2018.

The Three Rs, Reciprocity, Rapport and Respect: Being the Intrusive (English) Outsider Inside Welsh Family Homes. Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath, January 31st, 2018.

Understanding The Impact of Social Class and Place on Narratives of Social Mobility and Life Transition. Postgraduate Café Conference, Cardiff University, May 15th, 2017.

Understanding 'Success': An Exploration of Discourses of Social Mobility and Life Transitions in Working Class Families. Breaking Boundaries Conference, Cardiff University, April 27th, 2017.


Eva Elliot

Dr Eva Elliott

Research Fellow

Dawn Mannay

Dr Dawn Mannay

Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology)