Ian Winstanley

Postgraduate Research Student

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Ian completed a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (French and German) at the University of Oxford and an MA in Translating at the University of Salford, after which he worked for a number of years in the translation field. He completed an MA in Social Research Methods at the University of Liverpool before beginning his PhD research in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology.


Ian began his PhD studies in 2018 as part of an ESRC NWSSDTP Industrial Strategy Studentship. His research focuses on the relationship between innovative developments in digital technology and forms of creative work in the UK language industry. For this project, Ian is engaging with Bourdieu’s sociological theory of practice in conjunction with a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Ian's Supervisors are: Peter Campbell and Andrew Kirton.

Thesis title

'Constructing and transforming the ‘creative professional’: digital disruption and creative agency in the UK language industry'.