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I Joined UWS in 2003 as a lecturer in sociology. Before becoming a full time academic  I have had a varied and wide ranging employment history, including amongst others, civil servant, and sports journalist.

Prior to joining UWS I was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Social & Cultural Studies of Sport & Leisure,School of Life & Sport Sciences, University of Surrey Roehampton, where I completed my PHD in 2002. My particular areas of expertise and academic interest are broadly drawn from fields of sociology of leisure, identity and consumption, and social theory. I have published widely on these subjects in a number of different academic (and non-academic) publications, and media platforms.


Area of academic expertise - outline

Since 2012 my research has focused upon a critical analysis of urban regeneration strategies and identity within post- industrial contexts. A principle focus involves an exploration of the discursive and policy imaginings of post- industrial urban space within a Scottish and Irish context. There is a particular focus upon the construction of (de) politicised alterity, culture and creativity within narratives of urban regeneration. This work has grown  out of a developing collaboration  with Dr Kelly Davidson, Department of Humanities, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. The research is multi-disciplinary in approach – drawing in part on analytical and conceptual techniques from sociology, psychoanalysis, film studies and tourism studies; and international in scope drawing upon Scottish and Irish case study material. This research is ongoing and has produced a number of outputs.

Other key areas of research which have developed key outputs include celebrity, identity, aurthenticity and new media.

Current research activities

As a member of a small team of investigators from UWS, I have recently been involved in and completed a report for Renfrewshire Council – assessing selected anti-poverty initiatives in and around the Paisley area as part of their ‘Tackling poverty Commission’ (formed in 2014) .  The evaluation comprised a series of qualitative research interventions at three primary schools morning clubs; and the ‘Streetstuff’ initiative.

The morning clubs consisted of providing breakfast for children, sports coaches delivering health and well-being activities three mornings per week and teachers providing literacy and educational development two mornings per week.  The funding provided was to allow teachers and teaching assistants engagement with the morning club and extra staff to help within the school. The additional resources were hoped to link to improving learning and health and well-being of the children. The delivery of the programme differed from school to school especially in terms of resources and staffing. An analysis of the limited sample of morning clubs is provided below, discussing the types of intervention and the impact of that on the children, families and school life.

The Streetstuff scheme provides young people with positive activities, improve social inclusion and access to facilities for young people living in areas of delivery. In addition to a programme of activities and healthy eating for young people Streetstuff also provide volunteering and employment possibilities for those young people growing up in areas characterised by multiple deprivation.

The final report - Tackling Poverty Programme: A Limited Qualitative Evaluation of Streetstuff and Morning Clubs – has been submitted (August 2017) to Renfrewshire Council for comment

Desired research direction


I have two primary objectives - both  focused around developing funding applications with a view to progessing research.

  • The role and impact of cultural memory in the redesign and regeneration of urban spaces – culture and heritage have become central features of urban regeneration policies as urban spaces seek to reposition themselves within increasingly post-industrial service led globalised economies
  • Learning & Teaching: The development and practice of reflexive learning environment through group assessment with a focuson developing assessment strategies, through practice, that seek to encourage more reflexive, problem solving approaches

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Research Output 2000 2019

working class
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Keeping it in the family: intersectionality and 'class A' drug dealing by females in the West of Scotland

Holligan, C., McLean, R., Irvine, A. & Brick, C., 19 Mar 2019, In : Societies. 9, 1, 13 p., 22.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
place of residence
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Imelda Rocks the Boom Boom: retro nostalgia, Imelda May and the culture of Irish austerity

Brick, C. & Davidson, K., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of European Popular Culture. 8, 1, p. 77-96 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2017 2018

  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference

UWS Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage

Carlton Brick (Invited speaker)
14 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Black History Month Film Screening

Carlton Brick (Organiser)
4 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Battle of Ideas

Carlton Brick (Organiser)
28 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Battle of Ideas. Can Culture Save the City?Institute of Ideas, London and University of the West of Scotland

Katarzyna Kosmala (Invited speaker), Carlton Brick (Organiser), Gayle McPherson (Invited speaker), Pauline Hadaway (Invited speaker), Christine Hamilton (Invited speaker), Alistair Donald (Chair)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Hubert Selby Jr's War On God

Carlton Brick


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

BBC Scotland 'Brainwaves' Series 4- The Selfie

Carlton Brick


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

BBC ALBA Trushadh: Series 7 Vintage Culture

Carlton Brick


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


deliberative democracy
social reality