Dr Kirsty Finn

Lecturer in Higher Education

Research Overview

I am Lecturer in Higher Education and my research focuses on the everyday practices, personal relationships and mobilities of students and graduates. My recent book, Personal Life, Young Women and Higher Education: A Relational Approach to Student and Graduate Experiences (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) examines the ways in which different patterns of engagement and interaction with higher education reflect and potentially redefine family bonds, friendships, romantic and sexual partnerships and peer-shared living arrangements in the context of university participation and exit.

More recently, my work has taken an explicitly mobilities focus; the Everyday Student Mobilities project ([2016-17] funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education) explores the experiences of students who commute to university (rather than engaging in semi-permanent residential mobility). This project considers the sustainability of widening participation initiatives for 'local' students, in terms of pedagogic, social, emotional, and environmental issues. The findings are to be published in a forthcoming co-authored manuscript, Everyday Student Mobilities in Higher Education: Understanding Identities, Belonging and Place-making (London: Bloomsbury Academic)

I am interested in methodologically innovative research; particularly temporal (i.e. qualitative longitudinal research), visual and mobile methods. My work has a strong focus on the interrelated experiences of social class and gender and draws on theoretical frameworks which foreground reflexivity and the relational and emotional dimensions of inequality and identity. Further interests include graduate employability and university-to-work transitions, and inter-generational issues as they relate to education.

Belonging, pausing, feeling: a framework of “mobile dwelling” for U.K. university students that live at home
Holton, M., Finn, K. 4/06/2018 In: Applied Mobilities. 15 p.
Journal article

Being-in-motion: The everyday (gendered and classed) embodied mobilities for UK university students who commute
Holton, M., Finn, K. 2018 In: Mobilities. 13, 3, p. 426-440. 15 p.
Journal article

Multiple, relational and emotional mobilities: understanding student mobilities in Higher Education as more than 'staying local' and 'going away'
Finn, K. 08/2017 In: British Educational Research Journal. 43, 4, p. 743-758. 16 p.
Journal article

Everyday student mobilities: Exploring the relationship between wellbeing, inclusion and sustainability
Finn, K. 20/05/2017 SRHE/Open University Press. 32 p.
Commissioned report

Relational transitions, emotional decisions: new directions for theorising graduate employment
Finn, K. 19/04/2017 In: Journal of Education and Work. 30, 4, p. 419-431. 13 p.
Journal article

Young adults living at home: independence, intimacy and intergenerational relationships in shared family spaces
Finn, K. 17/04/2016 In: Families, intergenerationality, and peer group relations. Springer p. 1-17.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

A friend in need?: friendship, emotional wellbeing and Higher Education
Finn, K. 2/02/2016 Discover Society, 29

Personal life, young women and higher education: a relational approach to student and graduate experiences
Finn, K. 2015 Palgrave Macmillan. 199 p. ISBN: 978137319722.

'I just never thought he'd be that way': young women, higher education and the shifting emotional dimensions of home
Finn, K. 03/2014 In: Families, Relationships and Societies. 3, 1, p. 35-50. 16 p.
Journal article

Young, free and single?: theorising partner relationships during the first year of university
Finn, K. 2013 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 34, 1, p. 94-111. 18 p.
Journal article