Mrs Emma Seddon

  • Research Associate (School of Education)


Emma Seddon is a Research Associate in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow.

She is working on the project: Gendered Journeys: the trajectories of STEM students and graduates through higher education and into employment, in India and Rwanda - funded by the Economic and Social Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund.

Emma recently completed her PhD in Sociology and Social Research at Newcastle University, and has disseminated her doctoral work at conferences in Europe and Canada.


Seddon, E (2019) ‘The English language is evolving – here’s how it will change after Brexit’, published in The Conversation on July 4, 2019. 100,000+ reads.

Seddon, E. (2018) 'Exploring the social complexity of translation with assemblage thinking', in Kobus Marais & Reine Meylaerts (eds.) Complexity thinking in translation studies: methodological considerations. Routledge advances in translation and interpreting studies. [Online]. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 104–127.

Blog posts:

BSA Postgraduate Forum: "Resources for writing your PhD conclusion" posted on 17 March 2020 

The Sociological Review: “Book Review: The Craft of Writing in Sociology by Balmer and Murcott” posted on 10 December 2018

BSA Postgraduate Forum: “Surviving the XIX ISA World Congress 2018” posted on 5 Nov. 2018 

PGR Sociology @ Newcastle: “The Sociological Review’s 2018 conference: undisciplined and demonstrably alive” posted on 2 August 2018 


Research interests

  • work, professionalism, entrepreneurialism and self-employment;
  • gender, education and work;
  • precarious and insecure work;
  • technologies, education and work;
  • mixed methods combing data science with qualitative explanatory tools.

Additional information

Prior research projects:

Newcastle University. Research Assistant on Politics project – Divorcing the European Union (Nov. 2019 – Feb. 2020)

Newcastle University. Lead Researcher on Student Engagement in Sociology project (Dec. 2018 – August 2019)

Durham University. Research Assistant on ESRC-funded project - Electoral violence in England and Wales 1832 – 1914. (Nov. 2018 – August 2019)



The Mitchell Centre (University of Manchester) Research Seminar Series (13 Nov. 2019) - Oral presentation, paper title: The human in the loop: assembling machine translation and professional identity with ethnography and SNA

14th ESA Conference (20-23 August 2019) Manchester, UK - Oral presentation, paper title: Invisible Professionals Doing Invisible Work: Professional Identity Construction in the Translation Industry

XIX ISA World Congress (15-21 July 2018) Toronto, Canada - Oral presentation, paper title: Translation: the deprofessionalisation of a female-dominated “emerging profession”.

Complexity thinking in translation studies: In search of methodologies (1-2 June 2017) KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium - Oral presentation, paper title: Exploring the social complexity of translation with assemblage thinking

Speed translation - Durham University (9 November 2016)

Translating Europe Forum (Oct. 2015) hosted by the European Commission - poster title: Translation through the lens of Assemblage Theory.