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Prof Claudia Lapping
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Psychosocial Studies and Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have taught in a range of educational settings, including adult and further education, arts education, and English language teaching. I joined the Institute of Education as programme leader for the Foundation Degree: Working with Children and since then I have worked on a range of MA and doctoral programmes. My research has focused on theorising the unconscious within the sociology of knowledge and on the development of psychosocial, psychoanalytically informed approaches to empirical research. I am also co-facilitator of the Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality Research Seminar.

Research Summary

My research explores the following areas: the regulation of institutional knowledge and subjectivities; the sociology of knowledge; qualitative, free associative methodologies; the recontextualisation of psychoanalytic concepts into social research; theories of subjectivity, discourse and gender; knowledge practices in the humanities and social sciences. 

My research projects include: 

  • ‘Thedevelopment of a psychosocial methodology for investigating the production ofknowledge in higher education’ - an interview based study of unconsciousrelations in academic research methodologies
  • ‘Narratives of pay and remuneration’: a Lacanian-inspired experiment with free associativeinterviews, exploring fantasmatic relations in the construction of workersubjectivities (With Jason Glynos, University of Essex)
  • ‘Temporalities Project’: in this projectI explore ways in which a theorisation of ‘time’ and temporality canhelp us to understand contemporary conditions of work and subjectivity. This projectalso seeks to understand the current interest in temporality within socialresearch and to compare theorisations of time/temporality in LacanianPsychoanalysis, Bernsteinian sociology, and in the work of Deleuze andGuattari.


Teaching Summary

  • MPhil/PhD: I teach the following courses on the Resarch Training Programme: 'Psychosocial Methodologies: Politics and Change', 'Epistemology in Empirical Methodology' and 'Reflexivity Workshop', 'Doctoral Writing: Early Stages' and 'Thesis Writing: Later Stages'.
  • Professional Doctorate in Education: Sessions on Methods of Enquiry 1
  • MA in Education: Tutor Development
  • Doctoral supervision

01-OCT-2016 Reader in Psychosocial Studies and Education Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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