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  • 23 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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I am an interdisciplinary researcher, primarily concerned with consumption and markets, user experience, and material culture. I joined Coventry in May 2018 as Senior Lecturer (now Assistant Professor and Course Director) in Design Management. Prior to that I taught on the MA Design Management programme at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, where I remain a visiting academic. I also worked on various fixed-term research projects across geography and design since completing my PhD in 2014/15. I have been published in the likes of the Journal of Consumer Culture and Journal of Higher Education Management and Policy, and act as peer-reviewer for Cultural Geographies, Studies in Higher Education, and Sociology. 

Inspired by post-humanist theory, I am currently pursuing research on doctoral writing as more-than-human practice. The project works in collaboration with the University of Southampton Doctoral College to explore holistic experiences of academic writing, through photovoice interviews, in order to improve student support. 

My teaching philosophy prioritises activity and problem based learning to train students in design research, design strategy and project management techniques. I am also Link Tutor/Course Leader for a franchise course at Raffles College of Higher Education Singapore. 

Research Interests

user experience, second-hand retail, ethnography, motherly consumption, cultural geographies.

Research projects:

Doctoral students' experiences of writing as more-than-human: 2020, University of Southampton and University of Surrey.

Enhancing pastoral support for doctoral students (Research Evaluation Officer): 2016, University of Southampton.

Silver Shoppers: designing supermarket environments for customers aged 65+ (Research Fellow): 2014-2015, Winchester School of Art

NCT nearly new sales: second-hand consumption and middle-class mothering (ESRC Doctoral Research): 2011-2014, University of Southampton

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, MA, University of Surrey

Human Geography, Doctorate, University of Southampton

Design, MA, Southampton Solent University

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, WSA, University of Southampton

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Research Output

  • 23 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 3 Chapter

Using photovoice to explore students’ study practices

Waight, E., 23 Oct 2020, Researching in the Age of COVID-19: Volume 3: Creativity and Ethics. Kara, H. & Khoo, S-M. (eds.). Bristol: Bristol University Press, Vol. 3. p. 180-189 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Mother, consumer, trader: Gendering the commodification of second-hand economies since the recession

    Waight, E., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Consumer Culture. 19, 4, p. 532-550 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    33 Downloads (Pure)

    Doctoral students’ access to non-academic support for mental health

    Waight, E. & Giordano, A., 2018, In : Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 40, 4, p. 390-412 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    56 Downloads (Pure)

    The role of the non-human in relations of care: baby things

    Waight, E. & Boyer, K., 1 Jul 2018, In : Cultural Geographies. 25, 3, p. (In-Press)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    29 Downloads (Pure)

    ‘Hand-me-down’ Childrenswear and the Middle-class Economy of Nearly New Sales

    Waight, E., 5 Sep 2017, Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis: Practices, Politics and Possibilities. Ince, A. & Hall, S. M. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, p. 96-109 14 p. (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Downloads (Pure)