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Research Profile

Dr Rachel Hurdley 

Position:Research Fellow
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0) 29 208 75069
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Address:2.12 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

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My research focuses on how identity and power relations are effected, transformed and fixed within:

  • Home, work & family
  • Everyday spaces & things
  • Belonging, remembering, excluding & forgetting
  • Methodology

The current Leverhulme-funded ethnography Rethinking Openness, Space and Organisation examines how power is organised into and out university spaces and materials.  How is work collaboration transformed by a new ‘walk through’ common room?  How might an ‘accessible’ building deter ‘the public’?  The research builds on The Power of Corridors.  This unfolds how organisational culture happens within everyday interpersonal, spatial and material relations in the corridors of a university building.

Home, family, memory and identity as mundane practices - particularly focusing on materiality - are ongoing research interests.  The monograph Home, Materiality, Memory and Belonging was published in 2013.  In Dismantling Mantelpieces, I explore closely how these are made, maintained, disposed of and changed through curating and narrating displays in the home.  The film series Making Wales, Remembering Home, co-produced with refugees and ‘destitute’ asylum seekers, emphasises how homes, memories and identities are precarious, tenuous processes.

Rachel Hurdley - Fireplaces