Laura Barnett


Lecturer in Higher Education
BA, PhD, FHEA
10 AD 04
9:00-17:00

Academic and research departments

Department of Higher Education.

Biography

Areas of specialism

Widening Participation; Sociology of Education; Alcohol Studies; Ethnography

Research

Research interests

Supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

My publications

Publications

Barnett, L. (2018). 'Learning Development'. In Kinchin, I.M. and Winstone, N.E. (Eds.) Exploring pedagogic frailty and resilience: Case studies of academic narrative. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.
Blackman, S., Doherty, L., and McPherson, R. (2015). 'Normalisation of Hedonism? Challenging convergence culture through ethnographic studies of alcohol consumption by young adults - a feminist exploration.' In Staddon, P. (Ed.) Women and Alcohol: Social Perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press.
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This chapter is a critical feminist exploration of the social relations of gender and alcohol use by young adult women and men. Through employing ethnographic moments from two studies in the South-East of England, this chapter seeks to challenge the notion of gender convergence between young people’s drinking in the UK night-time economy. These studies identified a potential convergence in gendered drinking patterns, but also a distinction between gendered drinking styles. Whilst female drinking is portrayed as both problematic and overtly sexualised through British newspapers and social media, this chapter found that young women construct their own space and autonomy towards determined drinking. Applying Bourdieu’s (1984) concept of ‘field’ to our gender analysis, the chapter found that young people are fully involved in hedonistic lifestyles of pleasure with different social outcomes; male drinking becomes normalised and defined as less of a policy problem area, whereas young women who drink become sexually objectified through stigma and moral condemnation in the night-time economy. The chapter argues that young women are seeking to restore a sense of agency to their intoxication within the night-time economy, whilst managing the commodification of hyper-sexual femininity and pursuing their own valued ideas of pleasure.
Barnett, L. (2018). '“Jägerbombs are like my kryptonite”: Exploring pleasure and excess in youth drinking cultures.' Department of Sociology Research Seminar Series. University of Surrey, Guildford. October 2018.
Wise, H., Lowe, J., Hill, A. Barnett, L., and Barton, C. (2018). “Escape the Welcome Cliché: Designing Educational Escape Rooms to Enhance Students’ Learning Experience.” Journal of Information Literacy. 12(1):86-96.
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The University of Surrey Library and Learning Support Services (LLSS) recognised an increasing need to transform its welcome, induction and orientation activities for students. Past activities have entailed delivering information to students in ways which may have led to information overload and lack of engagement by students with library services. The LLSS have been exploring innovative ways to welcome students to university, moving away from didactic approaches. This paper presents one such innovation produced among a series of activities during 2017/18, an educational escape room, informed by the work of Walsh (2017). This activity invited students to solve a series of themed puzzles in the escape room, introducing them to library services and information literacy (IL) skills to support their studies. This report provides an account of the challenges and positive outcomes encountered in designing the escape room, with a view to sharing good learning and teaching practice.
Barnett, L., Hill, A., Lowe, J., and Wise, H. (2018). “Escape the Welcome Cliché” Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Annual Conference. University of Leicester, Leicester, March 2018.
Barnett, L., Hill, A., Lowe, J., and Wise, H. (2018). “‘Save the Stag’ Library Escape Room”: Designing educational escape rooms to enhance students’ learning and university experience.” Surrey Excites 2018. University of Surrey, Guildford, January 2018.
Anthoney, J., Barnett, L., and Lowe, J. (2018). “Utilising Agile Project Management to create e-resources for students.” Surrey Excites 2018. University of Surrey, Guildford, January 2018.
Barnett, L. (2017). “Support Staffs’ and Early Career Researchers’ Experience of the GradCert upon Teacher-Efficacy.” Surrey Excites 2017. University of Surrey, Guildford, January 2017.
Barnett, L. Barker, H. and Barton, C. (2017). “Research and Development: Enhancing Students’ Learning Development Through Research-informed Practice.” Surrey Excites 2017. University of Surrey, Guildford, January 2017.
Barnett (Doherty), L. and Blackman, S. (2015). “Binge Drinking Britain: Changing our Drinking Culture.” Government Policy Knowledge Briefing: ‘Tackling alcohol related harm for a healthier Britain.’ London. February 2015.
Barnett (Doherty), L. (2015). “The Surrey Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ): developing the journal and creatively addressing the challenges in undergraduate research/publication from a multidisciplinary perspective.” Surrey Excites 2015 Conference. University of Surrey, Guildford, January 2015.
Dickinson, M., Barnett (Doherty) L., Lisk, R. and Stead, R. (2015). “SPLASH Creative Showcase.” Surrey Excites 2015 Conference. University of Surrey, Guilford, January 2015.
Barnett (Doherty), L. (2013). “Stripper-chic nights: the visibility of women, femininity and drinking practices in the night time economy.” Media, Art & Design Seminar Series. Canterbury Christ Church University, January 2013.
Barnett (Doherty), L. (2012). “Stripper-chic nights: the visibility of women, femininity, and the feminisation of drinking practices in the night time economy.” BSA Alcohol Study Group Symposium, London, December 2012.
Barnett (Doherty), L. (2012). “The value of friendship in social research.” Post-Graduate Research Association 11th annual conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, June 2012.
Barnett (Doherty), L. (2012). “’False Dichotomies of Fear and Sympathy:’ A critical study of local press power in shaping community attitudes toward youth drinking cultures.” BSA Alcohol Study Group Symposium, London, March 2012.
Barnett (Doherty), L. (2011). “Youth and Intoxication: the evolution of fear?” Post-Graduate Research Association 10th annual conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, June 2011.