ordinary life

as it happens

Eric Laurier - University of Edinburgh - Teaching

Edinburgh Postgraduates


For junior honours students I provide a grounding in Qualitative Methods (not much more than an allotment of research skills). For senior honours I teach in two research electives. In Researching with Media, Tim Cresswell and myself, along with students, root around in internet forums, Youtube, indigenous and tabloid media for hidden gems and things left lying around in plain sight. With Dan Swanton, we take a group of students to Berlin for a week to develop their ethnographic craft, exploring streets, community gardens, museums, parks, squats and hipster cafes.


For MSc & Year 1 PhD Students I teach a seminar-based course Methodolological Debates (a glass house of warm discussion through the winter). I direct the Postgraduate Research in Human Geography and Social Sciences in GeoSciences. I’m lucky enough to supervise a number of PhD students who have worked on, or are working on, intriguing topics like manga, the changing nature of the contemporary museum, trans-national knowledges of townscapes, street performers, Chinese urban public spaces, the experience of travelling in public transport in Chile, walking as methodology, the conservation of ospreys, retirees in Spain using social media, hillwalking and the animism of mountains, cafes as alternative spaces of art & politics, the tourist in Sri Lanka, AI and new mediations of drawing, high demand religions, reporting racism to the police and more.

Potential Phd Topics:
Ethnomethods of public space
Ethnomethods of mobility
Workplace studies of creative industries
Practices of suburban neighbouring
Infrastructures and their routine repair
The production and/or consumption of digital media
Service encounters
The socio-material organisation of households
Practical reasoning
The relationship between Cavell, Wittgenstein and ethnomethodology
Video analytic or conversation analytic studies of almost any setting really.

I co-organise the Scottish Ethnomethodology, Discourse, Interaction & Talk group (SEDIT) with Sue Widdicombe and Claire Haggett. Postgraduate students with an interest in these topics will have the opportunity to join the group and present their empirical material there.