Research Staff Interests
Dr Geoff Bright
Geoff Bright is a Research Fellow at ESRI. A former steel worker and rail worker, Geoff has a background in trade union, adult and further education. He was Senior Tutor in Social Sciences in a general FE college between 1990 and 2002 and for the ten years before being appointed at ESRI in 2012 was a senior manager responsible for all aspects of equalities and social inclusion with Connexions Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council.
Geoff's PhD study – commended by the BERA Dissertation Award jury – was an intergenerational ethnography of the intersection of class, place and gender as it impacts on education in deindustrialized coalmining communities. He is Network Convenor for the ethnography network at the European Education Research Association (EERA) and a peer reviewer for the ECER conference. He is an editorial board member for International Journal on School Disaffection and Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies and is also a regular peer reviewer for the journals Ethnography and Education and Power and Education. He has co-edited a special issue of the journal Qualitative Inquiry on the topic Space, Place and Social Justice in Education and is currently co-editing a special issue of Ethnography and Education on precarity and education. He is a member of the Working Class Studies Association collaborating with others to develop the field in the UK.
Geoff is currently busy leading for ESRI on the Martenscroft research centre project and has also recently secured Connected Communities funding from AHRC to support two projects: Working with Social Haunting: Past- and Present-making in Two Communities of Value (on which he is Principal Investigator) and R/Agency: Lived practices of Anger (on which he is a Co-Investigator).
He also works in critical cultural practice as an improvising musician, experimental vocalist and provocateur and is associated with the following projects and collectives: ODD; Alchemy/Schmalchemy; Juxtavoices and Dividual Machine.
He is currently writing a book based on his PhD for the series Ethnography and Education.
Education ethnography; methodological development in ethnography; improvisation and research; critical pedagogy in youth provision; class and affect in resistance and refusal in schooling.
2011-2013 Associate at iCEGS,
EU Leonardo Innovation Transfer Programme.
2009 Research Associate at the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCEGS) at the University of Derby, Staffordshire
Year 12 Apprentices, Report and Evaluation
2009 Research Associate at iCEGS, HIEF Project
2009 Research Associate at the iCEGS, with Bill Law and David Davies – production of draft iCEGS Occasional Paper
Young People's Progression: a re-think piece
Bright, N. Geoffrey (forthcoming) Youth and Educational Disaffection in an English Coal-Mining Community: an intergenerational ethnography. London: Tufnell Press
Series: Ethnography and Education Series Editors, Dennis Beach, Bob Jeffrey, Geoff Troman, Geoffrey Walford
Refereed Journal Articles
Bright, N. Geoffrey (2012) A practice of concrete utopia? School disaffection, refusal and the possibility of 'redemptive remembering' in a UK coalfield. Power and Education 4(3) pp315-326 online here
Bright, N. Geoffrey (2012) 'Sticking together!' Policy activism from within a UK coal-mining community. Journal of Educational Administration and History Special Issue: Policy activism 44(3) pp 221-236 online here
Bright, N. Geoffrey (2011) "Non-servile virtuosi" in insubordinate spaces: School disaffection, refusal and resistance in a former English coalfield. European Education Research Journal Special issue on agency 10(4) pp502-515 online here
Bright, N. Geoffrey (2011) 'Off The Model': Resistant spaces, school disaffection and 'aspiration' in a UK coal-mining community. Children's Geographies 9(1) pp63-78 online here
Bright, N. Geoffrey (2010) "Just doing stuff"? Place, memory and youth educational disaffection in a UK Former coalfield. International Journal on School Disaffection 7(1) pp44-52
Bright, N. Geoffrey (2010) Writing in-bye and out-bye: doing autoethnography, in Garland, P., Larson, A., Lofstrom, E and Michalak, J. (eds) Perspectives on European Educational Policy and Practice: papers from the Erasmus Intensive Programme Summer School, Haapsalu, Estonia, August 2008 Sheffield Hallam University Papers in Education, Sheffield: SHU Press pp67-81
Bright, N.G. (2012) "It's not a Factory!" Performative educational provision for marginalised and excluded youth in a former coal-mining community, in Jeffrey, B. & Troman, G. (eds) Performativity across UK Education: ethnographic cases of its effects, agency and reconstructions Painswick: E & E Publishing order here
Hughes, D., Davies, D., Bright, G. and Dyke, S. (2009) 'NEET Speaks - Report of LSC funded research project in Doncaster MBC', International Centre of Guidance Studies (iCEGS), University of Derby
Bright, G., Dyke, S., Davies, D. and Hughes D. (2010) 'NEET Speaks' in Careers Guidance Today 18, 2 April
Journal & Book Series Editorships & Editorial Board Membership
Co-ordinator for Network 19 (Ethnography) of the European Education Research Association. Peer reviewer for the European Conference of education research (ECER) Peer reviewer for the international journal Ethnography and Education
Editorial Board: International; Journal of School Disaffection
Reviewer: Ethnography and Education and Power and Education
Keynote Addresses or Prestigious Public Lectures
School of Education Ethnography Colloqium, Deakin University March 2013
Visiting Research Fellowship., School of Education, University of Ballarat
Rhetoric and Politics. University of Braga: Portugal, 2013
'Using affect theory to re-think school disaffection.' International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, May 2012
''What rough beast…?' Monstrous practices of dissent and the ends of conviviality.' Gary Anderson (Free University of Liverpool/Institute for Art and Dissent at Home, UK) Geoff Bright (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and Gillian Whiteley (Loughborough University, UK) "Contested Democracy": Contestation and Participation in the English-speaking World, at the Institut du Monde Anglophone, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, September 2012
'Reclaiming 'resilience' as a site of critical resisitance/desisistance.' British Education Research Conference (with Alison Ronan, Richard McHugh and Ali Hanbury) University of Manchester, September 2012
'Reclaiming 'resilience' in European youth support practice.' (with Alison Ronan, Richard McHugh and Ali Hanbury)European Education Research Conference, University of Cadiz, September 2012
' 'You'd got to be a bit of a combatant': Education, aspiration and 'counter aspiration' in a UK coalfield.' Paper presented to Power, Discourse and Education conference. University of Plymouth, April 2011
'Seancing voices of the uncounted: a duet on affect, resistance and 'redemptive' remembering in a UK coal-mining area.' Paper presented at Spaces of alterity. University of Nottingham, 2011
''Ghosted bodily matter[s]': Affect and school 'disaffection' in a UK coal-mining area.' Paper presented at BERA, University of London, 2011
'A practice of concrete utopia? School disaffection, refusal and the possibility of 'redemptive remembering' in a UK coalfield.' Paper presented at ECER, University of Berlin, 2011
' "It's not a factory!": Performativity in education and support provision for marginalised and excluded youth in a former coal-mining community.' Paper presented at Oxford Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford, 2011
'On refusing to be plastic: Women, girls and school disaffection in a former UK coalfield' presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, New College, University of Oxford, September 2010
'"Non- Servile Virtuosi" in Insubordinate Spaces: School disaffection, refusal and resistance in a former English coalfield' presented in the symposium Bottom-up approaches to agency in Education, ECER, University of Helsinki, August 2010
'Off "The Model": Resistant Places, Unremembering and School Disaffection in a Former UK Coalfield' presented at Geographies of Education conference, University of Loughborough, September 2009
'"Not takin' no shit". Disaffected Masculinities: Resistance and Schooling in a former UK Coal Mining Community' presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, September 2009
'Ghost Stories and Love Songs: Autoethnography as an "Affective" Space in Qualitative Educational Research' presented at European Conference on Education Research, University of Vienna, September 2009
'Refle[x]ions on the Margins: Researchers, Participants and the Affective Space of "Hearing and Being Heard", "Looking and Being Seen"' a joint authored paper with Sarah Dyke, Manchester Metropolitan University, presented at ECER University of Vienna, September 2009
'Ghost Stories and Love Songs: Autoethnography in a PhD' presented at PEEEP 2009 Intensive Programme, University of Tallin, Haapsalu College, Estonia, August 2009
'"Doin' Stuff" - Educational Resistance among Disaffected Young Men in a Former UK Coalfield' presented at the European Educational Research Association Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, September 2008
MRes Education and Society. From Sept 2013
Areas of Post-graduate Supervision
Postgraduate Students Supervised
PhD Cassie Earl – Joint supervision with John Schostak
EdD Paul Booth – joint supervision with Cathie Pierce