The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Jacqui Close

Teaching Fellow


My research interests lie in the complexities and experiences of everyday lives, including identities, inequalities and social justice. My undergraduate teaching spans methodology and theoretical perspectives and how the two inform and complement one another. 

In 2019/20 I will be teaching SOC1031 - Knowing in Sociology; SOC2069 Researching Social Life I; and SOC8034 Social Divisions and Inequality.

In addition to teaching, I am also the Senior Tutor for Sociology students.


ESRC funded PhD completed 2017: Ideals and Expectations: Representations, Practices and Governance of Contemporary Motherhood. This qualitative research is based primarily on semi-structured interviews with mothers, examining identity, neoliberal governance and moral worth. The thesis is an exploration of the “truth” of mothering, which I argue can only be known by examining the project of the child in the making of neo-liberal selves. It builds a framework through setting out how a technology of governance works, identifying the spread of doxa through neuroscience presumptions, and looks at how “wilful dependency” has become a dominant discourse in the everyday and in policy-making.