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Research Profile

Ms Esther Muddiman 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 76871
contact info:

Address:1-3 Museum Place


  • PhD 1+3 ESRC Studentship (present study)
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University)
  • BSc Econ Sociology (Cardiff University)

Research Interests

  • Globalisation and the knowledge economy
  • Higher education
  • Constructions of employability, success and wellbeing
  • Critical theory
  • Sociology of education
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Future of work
  • Political ecology
  • Work-life balance
  • Material culture and consumerism

Research Groups

PhD Topic/Area

Provisional Title: The social construction of individual and educational ‘success’ in a context of economic uncertainty: A comparative study of Britain and Singapore

My research explores student experiences of higher education, approaches to learning, and understandings of success in the context of economic uncertainty. It includes participants from Britain and Singapore to find out if there are any significant differences in the attitudes and experiences of students in two countries with different approaches to education provision and graduate employment. I am particularly interested in how students feel about economic opportunities, and their definitions of success and wellbeing.


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