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WE ARE: Ciaran Burke, Cristina Costa, Mark Murphy and Rille Raaper

My name is Mark Murphy and I am the Creator and Co-Editor 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 Stirling, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Northern Illinois University. I am an active researcher in the fields of education and public policy.

Cristina Costa

Hi I’m Cristina and I am the Co-editor of Social Theory Applied. I am Associate Professor in Digital Education and Society in the Department of Education and Childhood, University of the West of England. 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 digital learning and completed an MPhil in Educational Technologies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Rille Raaper

My name is Rille Raaper, and I’m an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. I joined Durham in 2016 after completing my PhD at the University of Glasgow. Prior to my relatively recent ‘academic life’ I studied and worked in Estonia. In particular, I completed my degrees in Adult Education and also worked as an adult education specialist at the Estonian Agency of European Lifelong Learning Programme.

Ciaran Burke

Hi I’m Ciaran and I am a co-editor of Social Theory Applied.  I am a lecturer in Sociology in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University.  My PhD examined the classed experience of graduate employment through combining Bourdieusian social theory and biographical research.

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