Dr Lisa Bradley
- Lecturer in Creative and Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (School of Education)
I am an interdisciplinary scholar and methodologist, with experience of working within and across the subject areas of Education, Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies, Philosophy, Public Policy, Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Policy, Community Development and Criminology.
My work across these sites focuses on knowledge- and reality-making practices, and the ways in which dominant knowledge structures sit in relation to peripheral, marginalised and subjugated ways of knowing and being. I am theoretically guided by post-structuralism, post-colonialism, gender studies and assemblage theory, and experienced in using and devising a range of creative, critical and performative methodologies, including (auto)ethnographic, participatory, arts-based and post-qualitative approaches.
Central to my work is a view that theory and method should be treated as ethical tools for (re)imagining our world and our relations with one another. Their value is in allowing us to prise apart dominant structures of knowledge and reality in order that we might see, think and do things differently through the process. I consider academic scholarship a potent site for exploration and reflection in this regard and I explore, practice and teach slow, creative, participatory and public-facing scholarship, as a mode of critique and resistance.
I have a strong track record in securing funding for interdisciplinary projects that work to reveal, challenge and transform knowledges and realities towards people, things, categories and ideas unseen within prevailing understandings, across a range of diverse topics:
My work on Justice Journeys worked with survivors’ of rape and sexual assault to explore their end-to-end experiences of justice in Scotland. This work was recently awarded a University of Glasgow Engagement Award in the category of Best Community and Public Engagement.
Diversifying Justice examines the justice experiences and help-seeking pathways of South Asian women facing domestic abuse, in Scotland, using participatory arts-education methods.
Emotions and Fieldwork explores the role of emotions in research and fieldwork through an arts-based, community of practice approach with early career researchers.
Kitchen Life studies sustainable cooking in Bangladesh and Malawi, using kitchen biographies and visual ethnography to explore sustainability as a situated knowledge practice, interrelated with education, culture and health.
Academic cultures of knowledge production
Creative, arts-based and post-qualitative methods
Situated knowledge/learning practices
Marginalised, subjugated and peripheral epistemologies
[PI] Co-creating Zines with students to explore their university social experience in pandemic times. May 2021. Chancellor’s Fund, University of Glasgow. With [Co-I] Barbara Read. £405.
[Co-PI] Diversifying Justice: Revealing viable pathways for South Asian women. May 2021-December 2022. Scottish Government, Justice Analytical Services. With [Co-PI] Nughmana Mirza. £48,603.
[Co-PI] Emotions and Fieldwork: Locating, articulating, navigating, doing emotions in the field. April 2021. Sociology small grants and SCCJR Development Fund. With [Co-PI] Nughmana Mirza. £2,342.
[PI] Kitchen Life: Towards Clean Cooking Services in Bangladesh and Malawi. January 2021-September 2021. Global Challenges Research Fund, Scottish Funding Council. With [Co-Is] Raihana Ferdous; Manosh Paul; Meghna Gupta (freelance documentary filmmaker: London); Deepa Pullanikkatil, (Abundance Worldwide: Malawi); Mazharul Islam (University of Science and Technology: Bangladesh). £74,176.
Researchers Don’t Cry! Meeting. June 2020. Sociology Small Grants competition, University of Glasgow. With Nughmana Mirza. £648.
Recrafting ethnography: Crime, Harm and Control in the 21st Century.Two-day conference, Glasgow. June 2019. SCCJR, University of Glasgow. With Alistair Fraser and Phil Thomas. £1,920.
[Co-I] Justice Journeys: Survivor Stories. 2017-18. ESRC Impact Acceleration Award. With [PI] Michele Burman and [Co-I] Oona Brooks-Hay. £20,291.
[Co-I] Justice Journeys: informing policy and practice through lived experience. Scottish Government, Justice Analytical Services. 2017-18. With [PI] Oona Brooks-Hay and [Co-I] Michele Burman. £37,752.
Problematising resilience: Caring for ourselves and others as early career academics. ECR Workshop, University of Glasgow. April 2017. Regional Early Career Event Fund, British Sociological Association. With Joanne Neary and Susan Berridge (Stirling University). £935.
Developing safe research practices through consideration of the emotional impacts of social research.PGR and ECR one-day workshop, University of Leeds. September 2016. LEAP Skills Hub, University of Leeds. With Joanne Neary and Anna Tarrant (University of Leeds). £798.
Risk in fieldwork: Negotiating the physical and emotional affects of social research. PGR and ECR one-day workshop, University of Glasgow. April 2016. New Initiatives Funding, University of Glasgow. With Joanne Neary and Anna Tarrant. £963.
[PI] Traditional Boat Building in Scotland: preserving the past, Conserving a Future. 2016-17. Historic Environment Scotland and GalGael Trust. £9,000.
[Co-I] Cultural Communication in the Public Interest. Creative Scotland, Communication and Engagement. 2014-15. With [PI] Gesa Helms and [Co-I] Leigh French (Variant, Glasgow). £5,460.
[Co-I] The Impact of Large-Scale Regeneration on Community Attachments to Place. 2011-12. Urban Studies Research Incentivisation Fund and Adam Smith Research Foundation. With [PI] Rebecca Madgin and [Co-I] Annette Hastings. £3,000.
[PI] Ignite Theatre: Good Relations Project Evaluation. 2012. European Human Rights Council and West Integration Network. £2,500.
1+3 PhD Studentship. 2010-14. Urban Studies Foundation. £68,000 + Fees.
I specialise in teaching reserach theory and methods, particularly modes that are culturally and socially responsive. I currently lead research methods courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of Education:
- Contemporary Research Theory and Methods (MSc Educational Studies for Adult, Community and Youth Contexts AND MSc Museum Education)
- Dissertation Course (PaRC) (MSc Educational Studies for Adult, Community and Youth Contexts)
- Introduction to Research (3rd year, BA Community Development)
- Approaches and Applied Research (Hons. BA Community Development)
In addition, I have co-led on the development and delivery of College Level PGR workshops:
- Research Ethics in Practice
- Working with your Supervisor
- Creative Methodologies for Research.
I also teach research workshops for conferences, events and in non-academic spaces, inluding sessions on disrutpive methods, autoethnography, and reserach as performance.