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Dr David Wright

David Wright Profile PhotoAssociate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies
Tel: +44 (0)24 761 51112
Email: d dot wright dot 3 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Millburn House


I joined the University in 2008 and, following a year teaching in the Sociology department, joined the Centre in 2009. Before coming to Warwick I completed five years of post-doctoral research with the ESRC's centre for research into socio-cultural change, CRESC, based at the Open University in Milton Keynes. My PhD - a study of work in the UK retail book trade - was awarded by the University of Nottingham in 2004. I helped co-found and launch our MA programme in Global Media and Communication in 2010.

Research interests

My interests are in the sociology of culture, the cultural industries, popular culture and cultural taste. My latest book, published by Palgrave in July 2015, is Understanding Cultural Taste and I'm currently developing research projects on the meaning and politics of cultural work, 'computational cultural policy' and cultural participation. I was a member of a team of researchers that conducted an inquiry into British tastes, published as Culture, Class, Distinction in 2009 and I retain an interest in debates about 'cultural omnivorousness', and in international comparative work on the social patterns of taste.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching responsibilities

This year I'll be teaching Cultural Theory, a core module on the MA in International Cultural Policy and Management, the new Understanding Cultural Work option module and co-ordinating the Major Project seminar series.

PhD supervision

As Director of Graduate Studies in the Centre I am responsible for co-ordinating activities with our PhD students, based around our Work-in-Progress seminars. I'm also currently supervising research students studying socially engaged arts practice in Brazil, the creative industries in the Caribbean, 'We'-media and public opinion in China and, in Sociology, on GM foods debates in the social media.

I've supervised Centre PhDs on Live music and consumer experience in Korea and the working class audience for theatre.

I'd be interested in supervising future research projects on cultural consumption, taste, popular culture and cultural work.

Selected publications

  • Wright, D. (2016) 'Cultural consumption and cultural omnivorousness' in D.Inglis and A. Almila (eds) The Sage Handbook of Cultural Sociology, London: Sage, pp. 567-577.
  • Wright, D. (2015) Understanding Cultural Taste: Sensation, skill and sensibility, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wright, D. (2015) 'Imagining the cultural consumer: class, cool and connoisseurship', in K. Oakley and J. O'Connor (eds) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, Abingdon & New York: Routledge, pp. 347-356.
  • Wright, D. (2014) 'Book Retail' in J. Smith Maguire and J. Matthews (eds) The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, London: Sage, pp. 180-191.
  • Wright, D. and Purhonen, S. (2013) ‘Methodological issues in national-comparative research on cultural tastes : the case of cultural capital in the UK and Finland’, special issue of Cultural Sociology on ‘Field analysis, boundary-drawing and socio-cultural inequality’, 7 (2): 257-273. [article]
  • Wright, D., Purhonen, S. and Heikillä, R. (2013) ‘Comparing ‘cosmopolitanism’: Taste, nation and global culture in Finland and the UK’, Comparative Sociology, 12 (3): 330-360. [article]

Further publications are accesible through my author page on Warwick's WRAP repository, or you can follow my research via

Office hours

Spring Term:

Week 4: Weds 11am-1pm

Week 5: Thurs 2pm-4.30pm

Week 6: Weds 2pm-5pm

Week 7: Thurs 3pm-5pm

Week 8: Weds 11am - 1pm

Week 9: Tues 11am-1pm

Week 10: Thurs 11am-1pm


Postgraduate modules

Cultural Theory (MA in International Cultural Policy and Management)

Understanding Cultural Work (Option Module)

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Latest Book From Palgrave Macmillan

Understanding Cultural Taste