People

Dr Katy Wheeler

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Katy Wheeler
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873061

  • Location

    5A.320, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Autumn Term 2022: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1-2pm via zoom (https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/93046940208) or in my office, or email for an alternative Out of term: Please email me for an appointment

Profile

Biography

Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Consumption Katy's work deals with the ways ordinary consumers respond to the normative pressures placed upon them to act in sustainable or responsible ways. Katy has researched the Fairtrade movement and recycling in comparative contexts, exploring how these different consumer practices generate distinctive moral economies. There has been a growing interest in the concept of moral economy along with the growing interest in sustainable consumption and markets. Her recent work develops a holistic moral economy framework that explores the interactions and interdependencies between individuals, communities and political-economic structures. She is also exploring the ways young people are educated about sustainability through a British Academy Small Grant, entitled 'Educating young people as sustainable citizen-consumers'. Katy has been an instructor at the Essex Summer School since 2013, offering a course in qualitative interviewing and analysis. She is a Professional Trainer for the qualitative software, MAXQDA. Katy is on the editorial board for the Journal of Cultural Economy and is a convenor for the BSA Climate Change Study Group. Twitter: @KatyMWheeler.

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2016)

  • PhD, Sociology (2010)

  • MA Sociological Research Methods (2006)

  • BA Sociology & Criminology (2004)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Sustainability Officer, Sociology, University of Essex (1/9/2022 - present)

  • Undergraduate Director, Sociology, University of Essex (11/1/2021 - 31/8/2022)

  • Senior Personal Tutor, University of Essex (4/1/2021 - 31/8/2022)

  • Sociology Blended Learning Co-ordinator, Sociology, University of Essex (17/8/2020 - 30/7/2021)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Sociology of consumption and consumer culture

Consumption Work

Ethical consumption and Fairtrade

Recycling and waste management

Moral economy and political economy

Food provisioning

Sustainability and climate change

Theories of practice

Qualitative interviewing and analysis

Current research

'Educating young people as sustainable citizen-consumers' (BA Small Grant)

Katy is currently developing her interests in consumption and moral economies, through exploring the growing number of ethically certified schools (Eco Schools, Fairtrade Schools, MSC Schools) and environmental education programmes. She was awarded a British Academy Small grant in 2017 entitled 'Educating young people as sustainable citizen-consumers'.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Global Challenges in Interdisciplinary Perspective: Water Conflicts, Water Cultures (CS315)

  • The Sociological Imagination (SC111)

  • Analysing Social Life (SC202)

  • Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (SC209)

  • The Current Issues in Social Science (SC340)

  • Consumption, political economy and sustainability (SC507)

  • Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (SC520)

Previous supervision

Kelly-Ann Coulter
Kelly-Ann Coulter
Thesis title: The Media Life of Cryptocurrencies: From Libertarian Dreams to Institutional Control
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 26/9/2022

Publications

Journal articles (16)

Wheeler, K., (2022). Applying a Systems of Provision approach: moral economies and consumption work. Consumption and Society. 1 (1), 207-210

Wheeler, K., (2022). Differences between thematic analysis and content analysis: Exploring Environmental and Sustainability Education resources. Sage Research Methods: Cases

Wheeler, K., (2021). Education for Sustainability and Consumer Citizenship. Journal for the Association of Citizenship Teaching (54), 39-42

Hobson, K., Holmes, H., Welch, D., Wheeler, K. and Wieser, H., (2021). Consumption Work in the Circular Economy: a research agenda. Journal of Cleaner Production. 321, 128969-128969

Wheeler, K., (2020). Can Fairtrade Reduce Global Inequality. Sociology Review. 29 (4), 10-14

Wheeler, K., (2019). Moral economies of consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture. 19 (2), 271-288

Wheeler, K., (2018). The Moral Economy of Ready-Made Food. British Journal of Sociology. 69 (4), 1271-1292

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). ‘It's Kind of Saving them a Job isn't it?’ The Consumption Work of Household Recycling. The Sociological Review. 63 (3), 551-569

Wheeler, K., (2015). Review of David Evans 'Food Waste: Home Consumption, Material Culture and Everyday Life'. Cultural Sociology. 9 (4), 586-587

Wheeler, K., (2015). Book Review: Christell Lane, The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organisation of Fine Dining. Sociology. 49 (3), 600-601

Wheeler, K., (2014). Nice Save: The Moral Economies of Recycling in England and Sweden. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 32 (4), 704-720

Goodwin, DM., Cummins, S., Sautkina, E., Ogilvie, D., Petticrew, M., Jones, A., Wheeler, K. and White, M., (2013). The role and status of evidence and innovation in the healthy towns programme in England: a qualitative stakeholder interview study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 67 (1), 106-112

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2013). Economies of Recycling, ‘Consumption Work’ and Divisions of Labour in Sweden and England. Sociological Research Online. 18 (1), 1-14

Wheeler, K., (2012). ‘Change Today, Choose Fairtrade’ Fairtrade Fortnight and the citizen-consumer. Cultural Studies. 26 (4), 492-515

Wheeler, K., (2012). The Practice of Fairtrade Support. Sociology. 46 (1), 126-141

OGILVIE, D., CUMMINS, S., PETTICREW, M., WHITE, M., JONES, A. and WHEELER, K., (2011). Assessing the Evaluability of Complex Public Health Interventions: Five Questions for Researchers, Funders, and Policymakers. The Milbank Quarterly. 89 (2), 206-225

Books (6)

Morgan Brett, B. and Wheeler, K., (2021). How to do Qualitative Interviewing. Sage Publications. 9781526497345

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). Household Recycling and Consumption Work - Social and Moral Economies. Palgrave MacMillan. 9781137440433

Drake, D., Morris, A., Shipman, A. and Wheeler, K., (2015). Investigating the Social World 2. The Open University. 978-1-7800-7956-1

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). Household Recycling and Consumption Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349562886

Wheeler, K., (2012). Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer: Shopping for Justice?. Palgrave Macmillan. 978-1-137-28367-2

Wheeler, K., (2012). Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349337057

Book chapters (9)

Wheeler, K., (2015). Fair trade: Bridging Boundaries?. In: Investigating the Social World 2. Editors: Drake, D., Morris, A., Shipman, A. and Wheeler, K., . The Open University. 978-1-7800-7956-1

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). Comparing Recycling Consumption Work. In: Household Recycling and Consumption Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 132- 142. 9781349562886

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). Living Off Tips: Waste and Recycling in Brazil and India. In: Household Recycling and Consumption Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 166- 193. 9781349562886

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). The Three Stages of Recycling Consumption Work. In: Household Recycling and Consumption Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 104- 131. 9781349562886

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). Environmentally Regimented Rubbish: Recycling Systems in Sweden. In: Household Recycling and Consumption Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 56- 78. 9781349562886

Wheeler, K. and Glucksmann, M., (2015). Market and State Heterogeneity: Recycling Systems in England. In: Household Recycling and Consumption Work. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 79- 103. 9781349562886

Wheeler, K., (2012). Conclusion: The Ideology of the Citizen-Consumer. In: Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 178- 189. 9781349337057

Wheeler, K., (2012). Introduction: The Rise of the Fair-Trade Citizen-Consumer. In: Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 1- 13. 9781349337057

Wheeler, K., (2012). Promoting Fair-Trade. In: Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 55- 84. 9781349337057

Other (3)

Wheeler, K., (2022).Love Island and eBay: how the reality show could model a radically sustainable future for its young viewers [https://theconversation.com/love-island-and-ebay-how-the-reality-show-could-model-a-radically-sustainable-future-for-its-young-viewers-185242],The Conversation

Wheeler, K., (2021).Education as if People and Planet matter (https://se-ed.co.uk/education-as-if-people-and-planet-matter/)

Wheeler, K., (2019).Is there any point in recycling? (https://theconversation.com/is-there-any-point-in-recycling-109550)

Grants and funding

2021

Embedding Education for Sustainable Development within the Sociology Curriculum and department

University of Essex

2017

Educating young people as sustainable citizen-consumers

The British Academy

Contact

katy.wheeler@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873061

Location:

5A.320, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Autumn Term 2022: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1-2pm via zoom (https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/93046940208) or in my office, or email for an alternative Out of term: Please email me for an appointment

More about me