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David Hicks

Postgraduate Research Student

Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Sociology


I began my university education with an undergraduate degree in BA Sociology & Social Policy. As a first-generation and working-class student, I did not anticipate that my university education would go beyond that. However, I was fortunate enough to be awarded an Academic Excellence scholarship, which meant that I could afford the privilege of pursuing a master's degree, studying MA International Political Communication.

I began my PhD in Sociology at Durham University in September 2021. While in the first year of my PhD I took on a teaching role at the university, as a Seminar Leader in Criminology.

I have now taken a position as a Lecturer in Politics at Bournemouth University, where my doctoral research is based.

Field of Study

My doctoral research explores the precariat, a large section of the public whose class-status is a contentious source of debate in British sociology. Are they a group within the working class? Or, are they a separate class entirely? My research will offer an in-depth case study, based in the seaside town of Bournemouth – where the working-class are marginalised both geographically and politically. My research will explore the everyday lives of people in the precariat and challenge the theorists who have deemed the precariat as politically ‘dangerous’.

My doctoral research is qualitative, using interviews and focus groups to collect all of the data. I take a complex realist epistemological approach to my research.

Research Group
  • Centre for Social Justice & Community Action

Research interests

  • Social class
  • Neoliberalism and post-democracy
  • Labour history