Dr Claire Tupling

Position: Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies

College: College of Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Subject area: Social Science

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies.

Teaching responsibilities

I mainly teach on the BA (Hons) Education Studies and MA Education programmes.

Research interests

  • Sociological aspects of digital technologies
  • Social class inequalities in contemporary education

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • BSc (Hons) Sociology
  • MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture
  • MSc Social Research Methods
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • PhD Sociology

Recent publications

Antonopoulos, G.A., Papanicolaou, G., Tupling, C. & Wattis, L. (2013) ‘Perspectives on Punitivity, victimisation and fear of crime: A student case study in the United Kingdom’. In Kury, K. & Winterdyk, J. (eds) Fear of Crime and Punitiveness – Results from International Student Surveys, Bochum:Universitaetsverlag Brockmeyer / Bochum Un

Tupling, C.L. (forthcoming) ‘A School for our Community:  critically assessing discourses of marginality in the establishment of a Free School’ in S Blackman and R Rogers (Eds) Youth Marginality in Britain: Contemporary Studies of Austerity, Bristol: Policy Press

Recent conferences

Tupling, C (2016). Free Schools as Imagined Communities, Educational (In)equalities: Towards and elite but not elitist society, British Sociological Association. University of Warwick, 11th March.

Additional interests and activities


#LTHEchat every Wednesday 8-9pm GMT

Experience in industry

2010-2014 - Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University.  

                  - Programme Leader for the MA Global and International Education.

2009-2010 - Senior Lecturer in Research Methods,  School of Health & Social Care, University of Teesside

2008          - Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences & Law, University of Teesside (0.5)

2005-2007 - Research Fellow, School of Health & Social Care, University of Teesside

2004-2010 - Part-time Lecturer, School of Social Sciences & Law, University of Teesside

2004-2009 - Research Assistant  School of Social Sciences & Law, University of Teesside

2002-2004 - Researcher, Middlesbrough Local Strategic Partnership

2000-2002 - Research Assistant, Carlisle City Council 

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