Keith Walker

Postgraduate Research Student 

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology 


Keith completed a BA (hons) in Sociology at Staffordshire University in 1992. He worked for Cheshire Social Services before studying for a PCSE at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998. Since this time Keith has worked as a FE lecture within North Wales. He completed his Open University MSc in Social Science in 2014. Since 2014 Keith has worked as a lecture on an Access to HE programme.


Keith began his part-time PhD research examining the social construction of Classroom Boredom in 2015. This research is influenced by the social model of emotions which positions human emotional responses as interactive, contextual and socio-historic rather than biological and universal. In particular, Keith is interested in the social construction of Classroom Boredom as evidenced in the everyday talk of secondary school children. This research is informed by the sociology of education and the intersection between social class and gender. This research will be useful in understanding the role of emotions and educational inequality. Furthermore, the research aims to develop the use of interactive and dialogical methodologies to promote participant led research experiences.

Thesis title

The Social Construction of Classroom Boredom