Senior Research Fellow

Dr Laura Hodsdon is a Senior Research Fellow focusing on identity and culture from a perspective of social justice. Her research is post-disciplinary and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore narratives and (in)equality in varying contexts, in particular:

  • Heritage and culture: normative discourse, power, and privilege
  • Belonging and social spaces: socio-spatial inequalities and identity
  • Skills and employment: inequalities in recruitment, experience, and progression

She leads Falmouth's Inequality and Storytelling and Creative Industries Futures research programmes, and is currently leading a European Commission Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage/AHRC-funded research consortium to explore marginalised intangible cultural heritage in the project Re-voicing Cultural Landscapes: Narratives, Perspectives, and Performances of Marginalised Intangible Cultural Heritage. Other current research is on discourse and power in various contexts including heritage, landscapes, and organisations and work.

After a BA in English Literature at the University of York and PhD in Classics at the University of Leeds, she worked in various policy research roles at the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) before becoming a policy advisor at the University of Oxford specialising in race and gender equality, implicit bias, and professional development for research staff. She's also a licensed Springboard trainer and ILM Level 5 certified coach, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Associate for AdvanceHE, and has undertaken research consultancy for Trinity College London. She joined Falmouth University in Spring 2018.

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Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2008 PhD in Classics University of Leeds
2007 MA in Classical Civilisation University of Leeds
2004 BA in English Literature University of York

Membership of external committees

Cornwall FA Inclusion Advisory Group

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

My research is post-disciplinary, combining elements of social and cultural geography, sociology, organisational policy, narrative and discourse. Although perhaps disparate at first glance, there is a strong common thread: I use qualitative and quantitative social scientific methods to better understand (in)equality and identify impactful outcomes, in three domains:

Heritage and culture: normative discourse, power, and privilege

  • Including hegemonic and marginalised narratives in heritage, and has included discourse analysis of visitors' responses to heritage sites and, currently, research into marginalised heritage and communities within Cornwall.

Belonging and social spaces: socio-spatial inequalities and identity

  • Issues of belonging, assumptions about who "should" be where, and inter-group relations in contexts including landscape and heritage

Skills and employment: inequalities in recruitment, experience, and progression

  • Building on over ten years' experience working in professional development and equality and diversity policy in higher education, interests include organisational policies and practice from a social justice and equality and inclusion perspective.

My research is underpinned by expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and evaluation:

  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Focus groups and interviews
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Equality data and policy analysis
  • Evaluation and impact monitoring

Research Topics

  • bias
  • Gender
  • Narrative
  • race
  • social justice
  • socio-spatial inequality

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

Hodsdon, Laura ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0817-4852 (2021) “Picture perfect” landscape stories: normative narratives and authorised discourse. Landscape Research, tbc. ISSN tbc (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.
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Hodsdon, Laura ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0817-4852 (2021) Visitors’ discursive responses to hegemonic and alternative museum narratives: a case study of Le Modèle Noir. Critical Discourse Studies, tbc. ISSN tbc (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.
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Hodsdon, Laura ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0817-4852 (2019) ‘I expected … something’: imagination, legend, and history in TripAdvisor reviews of Tintagel Castle. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 14. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1747-6631
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Rofe, Michael, Geelhoed, Erik ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7152-1186 and Hodsdon, Laura ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0817-4852 (2017) Experiencing Online Orchestra - Communities, Connections and Music-Making through Telematic Performance. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 257-276. ISSN 17527066
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Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting

University of Groningen, University of Latvia, and University of Tartu

Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage/AHRC Re-voicing Cultural Landscapes: Narratives, Perspectives, and Performances of Marginalised Intangible Cultural Heritage 608,374 2023 2021

National Trust

Landscape Research Group Landscape Stories: an investigation of organisations’ and diverse audiences’ narratives of the countryside to advance landscape justice 2021 2020

Research Students

Current research students

Please get in touch if you're interested in undertaking PhD study in any of the following areas:

  • Intangible cultural heritage, particularly relating to minoritised communities
  • Implicit (unconscious) bias, privilege and power
  • Discourse and normative policy and practice, particularly in heritage or organisational contexts
  • Equal and inclusive representation and experience in the workplace

Business Engagement

Consultancy and facility services

I am an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Associate for AdvanceHE.