Dr Cristina Costa, Ph.D
I am an academic with a strong interest in educational and digital practices and inequalities. I am particularly interested in exploring – both in my research and in my teaching - the intersection of education and emergent social phenomena through different social theory lenses. I have conducted research on widening participation, digital literacies and digital inequalities, curriculum innovation and digital scholarship practices in the last few years. For example, I was the UK co-coordinator of the ERASMUS+ project Digital Literacy and Inclusion of Learners from Disadvantaged Background. (2015-2017). I also worked on different projects regarding Estranged Students’ Experiences of Higher Education with Professor Yvette Taylor.
I am currently working on a project entitled From on-campus to online: International students returning to academia in the context of COVID-19 with Dr Huaping Li (Shanghai Normal University), funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Grants.
I have also started a research project with Dr Ana Lúcia Pereira that aims to explore students' and academics' digital pedagogical practices and wellbeing in Brazil: Higher Education interrupted: exploring the challenges covid-19 poses to students and academic staff in Brazil .
I have supervised PGR students in a wide range of areas, including digital literacies and digital practices, internationalisation of curriculum, estranged students, gendered practices, etc.
I currently convene the PGT modules Digital Technologies and Education and Critical perspectives in Education. I also teach on the UG module Higher Education: Issues of Exclusion and Inclusion.
I serve as Programme Director (student experience) for the Master's in Education programme (2020 - ).
You can find me on Twitter as @cristinacost
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Information for Prospective Doctoral Research Student Supervisions
I would be pleased to work with students interested in pursuing research in areas of inquiry related to student experience, widening participation, educational and/or digital inequalities, curriculum innovation, critical digital practices and literacies, internationalisation and globalisation of education. I also have a strong interest in working with students wishing to engage with social theories as part of their research projects.
Indicators of Esteem
- External Examining:
I often examine Ph.D and Ed.D theses at different British universities. I have also served as an examiner for Ph.D theses and Master’s dissertations in mainland Europe (Portugal and Spain) and Brazil.
- Invited Talks:
- Co-speaker and Co-organiser: Taking stock of social theory in education research: Hybridity, methodology and critical reflexivity. BERA Social Theory and Education SIG
- Guest Speaker: Oxford debate on the impact of Covid-19 on He. EDEN Conference (October2020)
- Guest Speaker: Digital cultures and educational practices: a new opportunity. Sunderland Software City network (October 2020)
- Guest Speaker: Older people and the digital: generational divide or collide? Sunderland Software City network (October 2020)
- Guest Speaker: Digital Europe: Challenges and opportunities for education. Conversations for the future of Europe. European University Institute. (May 2020)
Guest Speaker: Addressing the policy issues surrounding estranged students in higher education. Stand Alone Event on Estranged Students for the Scottish Parliament.(September 2019)
Guest Speaker: Hybrid social theory and education research: working with conceptual interdisciplinary. BERA Social Theory SIG (July 2019)
Keynote Speaker: The impact and influence of digital cultures on curriculum design. Congresso Internacional de Ensino – CONIEN. State University of the North of Parana, Brazil. (May, 2019)
Keynote Speaker: Curriculum Innovation and Digital Participatory Practices. Aula Magna. State University of Ponta Grosssa, Brazil. (May 2019)
Invited Workshop: The application of social theory to educational research. State University of Ponta Grosssa, Brazil. (May 2019)
Guest Speaker: The experiences of estranged students in the strange space of academia. University of Bristol, UK. (March 2019)
Guest Speaker: Digital scholars: A feeling for the academic game. University of Strathclyde – Research Seminar Sessions (March 2019)
- Peer reviewing:
- Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
- Critical Studies in Education
- International Journal of Lifelong Education
Editorial Board Member of The Curriculum Journal; International Studies in Sociology of Education; International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE)
Editorial Board Member Book Series Social Theory and Methodology in Education Research, Bloomsbury Publishing
- Candace Nolan-Grant
- Miss Emma Maslin
- Miss Priyanka Bhatia
- Mrs. Nawal Almuashi
- Mrs. Patricia Parrott
- Mr Peter Mason
- Critical Digital Literacies
- Digital Practices
- Digital Scholarship Practices
- Educational and Digital Inequalities
- Higher Education
- Social Theory
- Student/ Family Estrangement
- Widening Participation
- Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE)
- Higher and Further Education
- International and Comparative Education
- Li, Huaping & Costa, Cristina (2020). ‘Why Do We Think We Are Doing Everything Right [Just] Because We Do It’ What Transforms Chinese and Scottish Student-teachers’ Taken-for-granted Views in Study Abroad Experiences. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
- Costa, C., Taylor, Y., Goodfellow, C. & Ecochard, S. (2020). Estranged students in higher education: navigating social and economic capitals. Cambridge Journal of Education 50(1): 107-123.
- Costa, Cristina Taylor, Yvette, Goodfellow, Claire & Ecochard, Sidonie (2020). Student estrangement in higher education: identity formation and the struggle against stigma. British Journal of Sociology of Education 41(5): 685-700.
- Costa, Cristina, Gilliland, Gemma & McWatt, Jennifer (2019). ‘I want to keep up with the younger generation’ - older adults and the web: a generational divide or generational collide?. International Journal of Lifelong Education 38(5): 566-578.
- Costa, Cristina, Burke, Ciaran & Murphy, Mark (2019). Capturing habitus: theory, method and reflexivity. International Journal of Research & Method in Education 42(1): 19-32.
- Murphy, Mark & Costa, Cristina (2019). Digital scholarship, higher education and the future of the public intellectual. Futures 111: 205-212.
- Costa, Cristina, Hammond, Michael & Younie, Sarah (2019). Theorising technology in education: an introduction. Technology, Pedagogy and Education 1.
- Costa, Cristina, Murphy, Mark, Pereira, Ana Lucia & Taylor, Yvette (2018). Higher education students’ experiences of digital learning and (dis)empowerment. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
- Costa, Cristina & Harris, Lisa (2017). Reconsidering the technologies of intellectual inquiry in curriculum design. The Curriculum Journal 28(4): 559.
- Costa, Cristina (2016). Double gamers: academics between fields. British Journal of Sociology of Education 37(7): 993.
- Costa, Cristina (2015). Outcasts on the inside: academics reinventing themselves online. International Journal of Lifelong Education 34(2): 194.
- Costa, Cristina (2013). The habitus of digital scholars. Research in Learning Technology 21(1): 21274.
- Breeze, Maddie, Taylor, Yvette & Costa, Cristina (2019). Time and Space in the Neoliberal University. Palgrave.
- Costa, Cristina & Condie, Jenna (2018). Doing Research In and On the Digital: Research Methods across Fields of Inquiry. Routledge.
- Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark (2015). Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The Art of Application. Palgrave.
- Murphy, Mark & Costa, Cristina (2015). Theory as Method in Research: On Bourdieu, Social Theory and Education. Routledge.
Chapter in book
- Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark (2019). EU Digital Media Policies and Education: The Challenge of a Digital Agenda for Europe. In Education and Public Policy in the European Union: Crossing Boundaries. St. John, Sarah & Murphy, Mark Palgrave Macmillan. 149-164.
- Costa, Cristina (2018). Digital Scholars: A Feeling for the Academic Game. In Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures. Taylor, Yvette & Lahad, Kinneret Palgrave Macmillan. 345-368.
- Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark (2016). Digital Scholarship: Recognizing New Practices in Academia. In Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. 1.
- Costa, Cristina (2015). Academics Online: Fighting for a New Habitus. In Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The Art of Application. Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark Palgrave Macmillan UK. 151-166.
- Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark (2015). Bourdieu and the application of habitus across the social sciences. In Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The Art of Application. Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark Palgrave. 3-20.
- Costa, Cristina & Murphy, Mark (2015). Doxa, digital scholarship and the academy. In Theory as Method in Research: On Bourdieu, Social Theory and Education. Murphy, Mark & Costa, Cristina Routledge. 49-62.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Singh, Samia (Illustrator) Taylor, Yvette & Costa, Cristina (2020). Estranged Students: (Widening) Participation Postcards.
- Taylor, Yvette Costa, Cristina & Singh, Samia (Illustrator) (2019). Estranged Students: Illustrating the Issues. University of Strathclyde.