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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.This year I'm delighted to be acting as one of the Warwick site directors for the Midlands4Cities AHRC PhD Doctoral Training Consortium.

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 'computational cultural policy' and 'monumentalising popular culture'. 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.

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 aesthetic economy' in China and, in Sociology, on the role of social media in the career-building strategies of 'creative' graduates.

I've supervised Centre PhDs on Live music and consumer experience in Korea, the working class audience for theatre, the creative industries in the Caribbean and digital platforms and public opinion in China and, in Sociology, on GM foods debates in the social media.

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

Selected publications

  • Wright, D. (2019) 'Taste, sensation and skill in the sociology of consumption' in in I. Woodward and F. Wherry (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Consumption, Oxford University Press.
  • Wright, D. (2018) '"Hopeful work" and the creative economy' in L. Martin & N. Wilson(eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp 311-325.
  • Wright, D. (2018) 'Towards a computational cultural policy studies: examining infrastructures of taste and participation', International Journal of Cultural Policy, published online here.
  • Wright, D. (2017) 'Sociology and Cultural Policy' in V. Durrer, T. Miller and D. O'Brien (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy, London: Routledge.
  • 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 hour

Autumn Term:

Thurdays 9am-11am


Postgraduate modules

Cultural Theory (MA in International Cultural Policy and Management)

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