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WE ARE: Mark Murphy, Cristina Costa and Anna Beck

About Mark:

markmurphy3My name is Mark Murphy and I am the Creator and Editor in Chief of Social Theory Applied. My day job is Reader in Education and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. Previously I’ve worked as an academic at a number of institutions, including King’s College, London, University of Chester, University of Stirling, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Northern Illinois University (I have got around, haven’t I?). I am an active researcher in the fields of education and public policy.

Current areas of research interest include;

  • accountability and bureaucracy
  • educational sociology and social theory
  • the politics of public sector reform
  • the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth
  • political economy and higher education
  • EU social policy.

Currently I am the Chair of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) and am an active member of other professional associations such as the British Education Research Association (BERA) and the Social Policy Association (SPA).

Much of the impetus behind the development of this site comes from some of my recent publications, including Habermas, critical theory and education (with Ted Fleming, Routledge, 2012), a 4 volume set called Social theory and education research (Sage, 2013) and an edited work called Social theory and education research: understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida (Routledge, April 2013). While of course publications such as these can be (I hope) useful in their own right, there is something almost static and flat about their presentation, as if the ideas and debates included are set in stone and unchangeable. I would very much hope that books like these are viewed instead as stepping stones to further discussion rather than end points. And as someone once said, ‘we have the technology’ now to facilitate such discussion … I can be contacted at:

Follow the site on Twitter: @socialtheoryapp

I also curate/manage/contribute to a range of other blogs, including:

You can find out more about me at my Glasgow University page. I am also in the process of constructing my own personal website, will update this page when it’s ready …

About Cristina:

CristinaHi I’m Cristina and I am the Co-editor of Social Theory Applied. I am a Lecturer in Lifelong Learning (TEL) in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, School of Education, University of Strathclyde. After completing a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, I worked as an EFL teacher in the Portuguese Navy. During that period I developed an interest in Technology Enhanced Learning and completed an MPhil in Educational Technologies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.  In 2007 I moved to the UK to take up a post in the field of Learning and Research Technologies at the University of Salford. In 2013 I completed a part-time PhD on The participatory web in the context of academic research: landscapes of change and conflicts. In 2010 I was named Learning Technologist of the Year by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).
You can check out my website Knowmansland, and you can follow me on Twitter: @cristinacost

About Anna:

annaHi, I’m Anna and I am Assistant Editor for the site. I am currently a PhD Researcher at the University of Glasgow in the School of Education – For my PhD I am tracing policy implementation in real time and looking at the location of power in the policy making process. I can be contacted at You can also follow me on Twitter @anna_d_beck



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