Dr Laura Hodsdon
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Laura Hodsdon is a Senior Research Fellow focusing on identity and culture from a perspective of social justice. Her research is post-disciplinary and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore narratives and (in)equality in varying contexts, in particular:
- Heritage and culture: normative discourse, power, and privilege
- Belonging and social spaces: socio-spatial inequalities and identity
- Skills and employment: inequalities in recruitment, experience, and progression
She leads Falmouth's Inequality and Storytelling and Creative Industries Futures research programmes, and is currently leading a European Commission Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage/AHRC-funded research consortium to explore marginalised intangible cultural heritage in the project Re-voicing Cultural Landscapes: Narratives, Perspectives, and Performances of Marginalised Intangible Cultural Heritage. Other current research is on discourse and power in various contexts including heritage, landscapes, and organisations and work.
After a BA in English Literature at the University of York and PhD in Classics at the University of Leeds, she worked in various policy research roles at the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) before becoming a policy advisor at the University of Oxford specialising in race and gender equality, implicit bias, and professional development for research staff. She's also a licensed Springboard trainer and ILM Level 5 certified coach, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Associate for AdvanceHE, and has undertaken research consultancy for Trinity College London. She joined Falmouth University in Spring 2018.