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Research Students - Material Culture
Gabrielle Ackroyd
Gabrielle Ackroyd


MPhil/PhD Anthropology / Material Culture, UCL (2010 – 2015)

MSc Social Research Methods, The Open University

BA Anthropology, University of Durham (First class honours)

Supervisor: Dr Victor Buchli

Second supervisor: Dr Adam Drazin

Working title:
Financial and symbolic intersections of the house in the Irish Republic.

Taking sites in the Irish Republic as primary examples, my work is concerned with contemporary experiences of home purchase, ownership and the inhabitation of domestic space. This takes a working definition of the home (cf. Gudeman’s ‘corporate house’) that is simultaneously personally experienced, yet strongly and increasingly linked to regional, national and global markets, particularly through perceived and actual financial value and risk.

Forthcoming fieldwork is expected to take in questions of lived experiences of changes in material circumstances and prospects, the mortgage and debt; the material enactment of aspirations within homes; and the impact of so-called ‘ghost estates’ on the Irish landscape.

Areas of interest:
houses, domestic cycles, Ireland, Europe, experiences of debt, anthropology of mortgages, vernacular architecture, anthropology of design, contemporary mobilities, commercial ethnographic methods, consumer culture.

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