Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Bath Spa University. She joined Bath Spa as a part-time member of staff in August 2012 upon successful completion of her PhD.
Claire’s research interests focus on the sociology of power, disciplinarity and governance and concomitant dominations of the social that arise from these things. As a practitioner in higher education for nineteen years, these interests extend into how neo-liberal policies can work against the ‘spirit’ of education, particularly within higher education.
Other interests include the sociology of sport, the sociology of friendship, the political ideas of Hannah Arendt, and the literature of George Orwell and W.H. Auden.
Her current teaching at Bath Spa spans sociology, social and political theory and British and international politics. Claire also supervises third year dissertation students.
Claire also teaches social sciences, politics and education at undergraduate and postgraduate level at another institution.
- BA (Hons), Sociology and International Studies - UWE
- MA, Social and Political Thought - Sussex
- PhD, Beyond the Social and Political: A Synthesis of the Political Philosophies of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault -Sussex
- Fellow - Higher Education Academy
Areas of expertise
- Social and Political Theory
- Political Sociology
- Educational practice
- Qualitative research methods
Claire is module coordinator for Power/Resistance. She also teaches on:
- Questioning Society
- Dissertation supervision
- Edwards, Claire. 1999. ‘Cutting off the King’s Head: The Social in Arendt and Foucault’, Studies in Social and Political Thought, 2nd ed. Issue 1: pp 3-20
- 'Arendt and Foucault’s Critiques of Sovereignty', work in Progress paper, presented at the Sussex Conference for Social and Political Thought, September 2003
- 'Distinction, Discipline, Domination: An Arendtian Appraisal of Foucault's Discipline and Punish', Conference paper, presented at ‘Time Served’: Discipline and Punish 40 years On Conference, Nottingham Trent University, September 2015
- Research Assistant – First Year Review of DD101: The South west AL Experience, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, July 2009
- Research Assistant – ESRC Festival of Social Science, 'Remembering the Floods' – Photography and Urban Ethnography Project, October 2014
- External subject consultant, MA Sociology, Nottingham Trent University (April 2017)
- External subject consultant, BA Sociology, Nottingham Trent University (May 2017).