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Dr Claudia Lapping
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
  • Reader in 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 course leader for the Foundation Degree: Working with Children. Since then I have worked on a range of programmes and research projects, with a particular focus on the development of psychosocial, psychoanalytically informed approaches to 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. 

Recent projects include: 

  • ‘The development of a psychosocial methodology for investigating the production of knowledge in higher education’ - an interview based study of unconscious relations in academic research methodologies
  • ‘Narratives of pay and remuneration’: a Lacanian-inspired experiment with free associative interviews, exploring fantasmatic relations in the construction of worker subjectivities (With Jason Glynos, University of Essex)
  • ‘Temporalities Project’: in this project I hope to explore ways in which a theorisation of ‘time’ and temporality can help us to understand contemporary conditions of work and subjectivity. This project also seeks to understand the current interest in temporality within social research and to compare theorisations of time/temporality in Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Bernsteinian sociology, and in the work of Deleuze and Guattari.


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: Deputy Programme Leader and Lead for Dissertation
  • 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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