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Dr. Caroline Blunt

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH117

+44 (0) 1772 89 3027

cblunt1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Sociology

Caroline researches issues relating to home, place, space, migration and social change and has wide experience of undertaking qualitative research.  Her doctoral research was a multi-sited ethnography of the making of home vis-à-vis the wider temporalities and spatialities - or the historical moment - of its making.  Future research will focus on ‘home’, domestic life and wider social change, home as a site of/for political agency, loci and forms of social change vis-à-vis utopian thinking, inequalities in relation to house, home and home making.  She is currently working on publications from her doctoral research alongside developing further research and writing projects.

Full Profile

Caroline joined UCLan in January 2017 following a career break and relocation to the North West of England.  She completed her ESRC +3 studentship funded PhD at Goldsmiths College, London, where she was based at the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR).  A multi-sited ethnography of the making of home, this research reflected and developed her broad long-standing research interests and her passion for and commitment to qualitative research methods.

Following her PhD, she worked as a Research Associate with Professor Hugh Miall at the Department of International Relations at the University of Kent on an EC Seventh Framework Programme funded project, the International Civil Society Forum on Conflicts (INFOCON), for which she interviewed civil society organisation representatives of Kosovar origin in London to contribute to a case study on London as a region of settlement.  Prior to her PhD, she worked as a research Associate at CUCR on a Participatory Action Research Project led by Professor Roger Hewitt, addressing the public perceptions of refugees and other migrants.  She also undertook various pieces of freelance qualitative evaluation research including a year-long qualitative evaluation of Creative Partnerships Kent and an evaluation of a Neighbourhood Mediation Scheme in Thanet, East Kent.  She has worked as a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths College, London, including writing and delivering a ten week course on Qualitative Research Methods for first year PhD students through the Research Office and just prior to starting at UCLan, lectured at Kendal College at both FE and HE level.

Over the course of her early career, she moved in and out of academia, working for the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Hackney, East London, managing a Primary Healthcare Practice for homeless people in East London.  She was fortunate, during her undergraduate degree at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), to spend time working for Zambia Association for Research & Development (ZARD), an NGO undertaking gender-sensitive community based research.  This multi-sector career reflects her commitment to the practice of a critical, theoretically rich public sociology and informs her enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary way.  Finding her feet at UCLan and in Preston, she is looking to develop cross-disciplinary networks around issues of space, place, home and qualitative methodologies and become more involved in activities and events happening in and around Preston relating to the reception and support of Asylum seekers and refugees.

She is looking forward to experiencing her first full academic year at UCLan, supporting students in their academic development through teaching and dissertation supervision, collaborating with colleagues to develop projects and events based on shared interests and working on a series of publications from her research.  She has recently presented a paper at an International workshop on Researching Home and Migration: Questions, Methods, Prospects at the University of Trento, Italy (June 2017) and to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Research day (July 2017).

Qualifications
  • Ph.D Arriving home; a multi-sited ethnography of the making of home, Goldsmiths College, University of London 2009
  • MA Social Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2002
  • BA (Hons) Geography with reference to Africa & Asia, The School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, 1997

Publications

  1. Home-ing or the having/doing of home: key findings from and reflections on a multi-sited ethnography of the making of home: International Workshop on Researching Home and Migration: Questions, Methods, Prospects.  Paper presented at: An International Workshop within the ERC HOMing project, University of Trento, Italy, June 2017
  2. Blunt, C.  (2007) Pastiche and/ or sobriety; notes on a Citizenship ceremony, in Street Signs, Centre for Urban and Community Research: Spring 2007, pp 20-22.
  3. Blunt, C. (2007) Fragments and figurations: Living with images, metaphors and analogies during a multi-sited ethnography of the making of home.  Paper presented at Exploding Method: A new scholar’s symposium, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, September 2007
  4. Blunt, C. (2007) Accommodating late modernity/ making home with-in late modernity. Paper presented at Lancaster Sociology Summer Conference … an intellectual party. July 2007
  5. Blunt, C. (2006) Neither last resort nor promised land, in Street Signs, Centre for Urban and Community Research: Autumn 2006, pp28-29.
  6. Blunt, C. (2006) Reading and Dreaming as fieldwork, in Goldsmiths Sociology Research Newsletter, Issue 21, pp22-25.  Available on request.
  7. Hewitt, R., Blunt, C. and Cwerner, S. (2003) Public perceptions and migration: A report of research carried out in Margate and Hull. Centre for Urban and Community Research Working Paper, Goldsmiths College.

Memberships

British Sociological Association (BSA) Member

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Module Lead: SO2103  Sociology of Social Movements
  • Teaching Responsibilities within following modules:
  • SO2015  Innovative Methods
  • SO1116  Sociological Ways of Thinking
  • SO1114 Doing Social Research
  • Global and Social Inequalities (3rd year Sociology module)
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (Foundation Degree module)
  • SO1116 Sociological Ways of Thinking

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Member of Dent and Sedbergh Oral History Society

Conferences

Home-ing or the having/doing of home: key findings from and reflections on a multi-sited ethnography of the making of home: International Workshop on Researching Home and Migration: Questions, Methods, Prospects.  Paper presented at: An International Workshop within the ERC HOMing project, University of Trento, Italy, June 2017