David Ridley CV

This page is more for me to keep track of the things that I’ve done that I’m proud of, some of it relates directly to the idea of ‘citizen sociology’, some of it more indirect.


As Lecturer at Coventry University (since 2011)

Analysing Media and Communication (3rd year media theory module, part of Media and Communications UG degree; covering Foucault, Debord, Halbwachs), 2015/16

Democracy and the Media (2nd year, part of English and Journalism UG degree; covering Habermas, Chomsky/Herman, McLuhan, R Williams, Schiller, Adorno/Horkheimer, Appadurai) since 2013

Absolute Beginners German (Add+Vantage, all levels), since 2011

Pre-Sessional English (prepare international students for BA and MA degrees), since 2012


As Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Birmingham (since 2014)

Modern Social Theory (2nd year social theory module, part of BA Sociology; covering Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Frankfurt School, Goffman, Chicago School), since 2014

Social Divisions (1st year module covering sociology of class, race and gender, part of BA Sociology), 2015/16

Global Sociology (2nd year module on Globalisation, part of BA Sociology), 2014/15


As Visiting Lecturer

The Emancipated Classroom: A Lesson in Rancièrean Pedagogy (guest lecture for BA and MA Social Work students at Coventry University, presented an active learning experience exploring Rancière’s critique of ‘explication’)

Activism in the Academy (guest lecture for MA Communications, Culture and Media students at Coventry University, presented my experiences of activism as both student and UCU representative)

The Rising Tide That Floats All Boats (guest lecture for MA Social Theory students at University of Birmingham)



Ph.D in Sociology (in progress) at University of Birmingham. The thesis is an exploration of the possibility of a grassroots sociology that could contribute to radical democracy, and the limitations imposed by neoliberalism and the marketisation of higher education

PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Coventry University (2013)

MA in Cultural Studies, Coventry University (1 year at Goldsmiths University) (2012)

BA Hons in Philosophy, University of Warwick (2009)



The Efficacy of Student-Led Seminars for Critical Thinking, in Brookes E-Journal of Learning and Teaching (7)2, available here: http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/articles/the-efficacy-of-student-led-seminars-for-critical-thinking/

On Practicing What You Preach, in Post-16 Educator 81, available here: https://citizensociology.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/on-practicing-what-you-preach/

Neoliberalism and Its Forgotten Alternative, in OpenDemocracy, available here: https://www.opendemocracy.net/david-ridley/neoliberalism-and-its-forgotten-alternative


Professional Memberships and Other Affiliations

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the British Sociological Association

University and Colleges Union member, Secretary of Coventry University branch and member of the national Anti-Casualisation standing committee