2013 Prize Winners


Dr. Jude FransmanDr Jude Fransman from the Institute of Education, University of London was awarded the 2013 Prize for her proposal entitled:

"Becoming academic in the digital age: representations of academic identity in the online profiles of Early Career Researchers"

Jude joined the Department of Culture, Communication and Media as a postdoctoral researcher in 2011 after a decade’s experience as a consultant, research associate and policy analyst for international organisations (including UNESCO and the OECD) in France, Tanzania, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand and Mexico and following a post as a research associate with the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology.

Her PhD explored the politics of representation in academic and community-based research in/on/with the same migrant community in London. Since then, her postdoctoral research has focused on the performativity of method and the representational potential of different types of research texts. She is particularly interested in the influence of digital resources on the research process. At the Open University, she worked on a project on ‘digital scholarship’ while at the Institute of Education she has recently concluded a longitudinal study on the digital literacy practices of postgraduate students based on multimodal journaling. Jude also teaches research design, visual methods and social theory at postgraduate and doctoral level.

This project will apply Jude’s previous work to the area of academic identity, providing new insights into the academic practices of ECRs from a post-humanist perspective. As part of the study she will be keeping a reflexive blog available here.


Dr. Anne-Sofie NyströmDr Anne-Sofie Nyström has been awarded the 2013 Prize for her proposal entitled:

"Facing potential failure: Men, masculinities, and self-worth protecting strategies in highly competitive learning contexts"

Anne-Sofie joined Mälardalen University, Sweden, as a lecturer in Sociology in autumn 2013. Previously she has been a lecturer at Uppsala University, Department of Sociology, following the completion of her PhD on identity-negotiation among privileged young men, upper secondary schooling and underachievement. Her research interests are, primarily, educational inequality and feminist theory, with focus on boys/men, masculinities and identity processes in peer-groups. The SRHE funded project will draw on qualitative methods to explore how male students’ self-images and self-worth are negotiated in higher education and, in particular, in an elite program and in relation to potential failure.

Anne-Sofie’s thesis was well-received in Swedish news-media and policy debates when published in 2012; among other things she was invited keynote at Include 2012-conference, a national network for widening access to higher education. Her work has also been published elsewhere, e.g. in anthologies on educational inequalities, masculinities and schooling, respectively, ethical dilemmas in social science research. Anne-Sofie has, since 2005, been engaged as a lecturer – within the academia and for practitioners – with focus on teacher training, social psychology, and questions of gender, class and educational stratification. Prior to her academic career she worked at the Swedish National Agency for Education and Student Union.

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