Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. Barbara Holler

Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD, University of Sussex, Social Anthropology
  • MSc, University of Sussex, Social Research Methods
  • MA, Saint Mary’s University, International Development Studies
  • BA (Hons), Saint Mary’s University, International Development Studies

Dr. Holler’s research interests are in analyzing and deconstructing analytical categories utilized in the context of social policy. This is done cross-culturally through a wide range of research methods.  Furthermore, many of her research efforts have focused on exploring the development and organization of marginalized sub-cultures in discourses on ‘welfare dependency’ and discussions on the ‘underclass’.

Dr. Holler also has experience as a Research Associate in the private sector and is a Fellow of HEA Pathway, Teaching and Learning Development Unit.

Selected Publications

Panellist: ‘Beyond Shelter: Constructions of home on a poor housing estate in England.’ American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, US, November 20th to 24th 2013.

Photography Exhibition: ‘Wrong attitude or self-control? Working-class skin’, Symphosium on Practices and their Bodies, University of Mainz, Germany, April 25th to 27th 2013.

Panellist: 'The Violence of Policy: The Realities of Welfare Reform', ASA Anthropology of Britain Workshop, January 12th, 2012, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Oxford.

Photography Exhibition: ‘Life on a Hand: Material Culture on a Housing Estate’, September 2011- December 2011, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer.

Panellist: 'I should get paid: Explorations of paid employment and motherhood.' New Approaches to Work and Labour, Workshop, September 30th 2011, Goldsmith College, London.

Photography Exhibition: ‘Explorations of Poverty’, September 2010-January 2011, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, UK.