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Dr Esther Muddiman

Esther Muddiman.jpgJob Title: Research Associate

Institution: Cardiff University

Emailmuddimanek@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 208 70325

Role

To explore how values and beliefs are passed between grandparents and grandchildren in Wales, as part of the wider civil society theme at WISERD. Specifically, this means furthering understandings of both the patterns and processes of the intergenerational transmission of language, religion and community cohesion. 

Biography

I joined WISERD in June 2016 to begin work on my current project. Prior to this I worked at CUREMeDE where my primary focus was a longitudinal mixed methods evaluation of an innovative generalist postgraduate medical education training programme. In this role I explored the rising importance of medical generalism and how it may trouble existing categories of professional identity. 

I enjoy contributing to the undergraduate teaching programme at the School of Social Sciences as both a lecturer and dissertation supervisor. I have also delivered workshops on Q methodology to a range of postgraduate researchers and medical practitioners both in Cardiff and at a partner institution in Taiwan (Chang Gung Medical Education Research Centre). 

In 2014 I completed an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences which explored instrumentalism amongst higher education students in Britain and Singapore. I also have an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and a BScEcon in Sociology, both from Cardiff University. 

Research Interests

  • Learning, self-development and instrumentalism
  • Education, training and transitions into work
  • Formation of identity and belongingness (professional, institutional, familial)
  • Work, self and identity
  • Cross-cultural comparison and QCA
  • Meritocracy and social inequalities
  • Critical theory
  • Q methodology

Current Research

I am currently working as a research associate on a civil society project at WISERD exploring the intergenerational transmission of language, religion and community cohesion. This is a mixed methods project that will draw on surveys and secondary analysis of large datasets in addition to qualitative fieldwork undertaken with children and their grandparents. 

Publications

 

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