Conor Wilson

Conor Wilson

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Conor Wilson is a doctoral researcher within the school of School of Business and Creative Industries, and an associate lecturer within the school of Education and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. Conor has a varied research interest, which is reflected in his diverse academic background. Conor currently holds and MSc Applied Social Science (Criminal Justice and Community Practice) from UWS (with distinction) and a BA (hons) in Sociology. Conor has engaged in collaborative research alongside organisations such as Police Scotland.

Current research activities

My thesis explores how the image and reputation of place is constructred through media practice, and how this in turn relates to broader processes of urban regeneration. There is, now, a great deal of literature which extols the use of culture as the driver behind the ‘regeneration’ of towns and cities. A key component of this is often the 'transformative' abilty of culture and creativity on the image and reputation of place. Using the town of Paisley an example, my research focuses on the role of both traditional and social media in creating and circulating messages about Paisley and its social, economic and cultural histories, and to assess the impact that this has in terms of place impressions.

Current teaching activities and interests

I have experience teaching across various subjects and disicplines, including sociology, criminology, criminal justice and research methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions