Ruth Webber

Ruth Webber 2016Research interest/area

My PhD research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is part of the Understanding Everyday Participation project. This project aims to explore how a radical reshaping of our understanding of what constitutes as  'everyday participation' can transform the ways in which we come to understand how it might be connected to ideas of cultural value. Through supervision from Dr Lisanne Gibson and help from collaborative partners in Glasgow Life, I hope to shape my research project which will see me carrying out ethnographic work in Glasgow over the course of a year from 2015 – 2016.

Although as of yet materialised into a coherent project shaped by questions, aims and objectives, my academic career up to this point has found me exploring how developing and strengthening a sense of place relating specifically to heritage and localised craft practice can impact upon the well-being and social capacity in communities, with a particular focus on life in post-industrial cities.

Academic/career achievements

I graduated from Goldsmiths University with a First Class Degree in a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Media in 2011, and have recently completed a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester which saw me undertake a 3 month ethnographic research project, during which time my interests in well-being, heritage and localised craft practice in relation to life in the post-industrial city of Bradford began to bloom.

If you are interested in talking to me more about this project and the themes I am exploring in it, please contact me on

I am also keeping a blog following the development of this research as it continues to take shape which you can find here:

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