Geoff Bright is a Research Fellow at ESRI. A former steel worker and rail worker, he has a work background in trade union, adult and further education and an academic background in philosophy. His PhD study was an ethnography of the intergenerational intersection of class, place and gender as it impacts on education in deindustrialized coalmining communities, and his current work grows out of a lifelong relationship to mining communities and ideas of independent working class education. He is now leading his fourth AHRC Connected Communities funded project in that area, which uses arts-based methods and the idea of a ‘social haunting’ to co-produce possible futures for such communities. He is also currently involved in the EU funded Partispace project which is looking into “styles and forms of participation” among under 30s, and is a network convener for the ethnography network at the European Education Research Association (EERA). His 2016 article in Ethnography and Education: “The lady is not returning!: Educational precarity and a social haunting in the UK coalfields” won the WCSA international prize for best academic article.
Living something of a double life, he also works in critical cultural practice as an improvising musician, experimental vocalist and provocateur and is associated with the following projects and collectives: Oppositional Defiance Disorder; Alchemy/Schmalchemy; Dividual Machine and the anti-choir Juxtavoices. In one such guise he co-curated the large-scale (50+ instruments/voices) sonic occupation of a former steel works: Magna: Node/Flow/Mass.
He welcomes inquiries about doctoral supervision in overlapping studies of class, gender, community, affect and psychosocial aspects of deindustrialization; the interdisciplinary field of New Working Class Studies; and arts-based community co-production.
NG. Bright (2016). ‘The lady is not returning!’: educational precarity and a social haunting in the UK coalfields. Ethnography and Education. 11(2), pp.142-157.
. Geoff Bright (2015). "Comme une Hantise" La greve des minuers 30 ans apres. Contretemps (revue de critique communiste). 25(Avril 2015), pp.77-84.
NG. Bright, H. Manchester, S. Allendyke (2013). Space, Place, and Social Justice in Education: Growing a Bigger Entanglement: Editors' Introduction. Qualitative Inquiry. 19(10), pp.747-755.
NG. Bright (2012). A Practice of Concrete Utopia? Informal Youth Support and the Possibility of ‘Redemptive Remembering’ in a UK Coal-Mining Area. Power and Education. 4(3), pp.315-326.
NG. Bright (2012). Sticking together! Policy activism from within a UK coal-mining community. Journal of Educational Administration and History. 44(3), pp.221-236.
NG. Bright (2011). ‘Non-Servile Virtuosi’ in Insubordinate Spaces: School Disaffection, Refusal and Resistance in a Former English Coalfield. European Educational Research Journal. 10(4), pp.502-515.
NG. Bright (2011). 'Off the model': Resistant spaces, school disaffection and 'aspiration' in a former coal-mining community. Children's Geographies. 9(1), pp.63-78.
NG. Bright (2010). Just doing stuff”? Place, memory and youth educational disaffection in a UK Former coalfield. International Journal on School Disaffection. 44-52. 7(1 Spring 2010), pp.44-52.
N. Bright (2018). ‘Feeling, Re-imagined in common: Working with Social Haunting in the English Coalfields’. In: Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies (eds) Tim Strangleman, Michele Fazio, Christie Launius.. Routledge,
N. Bright (2018). The Hat, the Cobra, and the Manchester Improv Collective: An Ethnographic study. In: In Ethnography and the Arts. Stroud: Tufnell Press.
NG. Bright (2018). “A chance to talk like this”: Gender, education, and social haunting in a UK Coalfield. pp105-129. In: Education and Working-Class Youth: Reshaping the Politics of Inclusion Editors: Simmons, Robin, Smyth, John (Eds.).. Palgrave Macmillan,
NG. Bright (2016). N. Geoffrey Bright 2016 La Dame de Fer ne Fera pas Demi-Tou. In: Bertrand, Crowley and Labica (eds) Ici Notre Défaite a Commencé. Paris: Sylleps. Sylleps, Paris,
NG. Bright (2012). “It’s not a factory!” Performative educational provision for marginalised and excluded youth in a former UK coal-mining community. In: Jeffrey, B. and Troman, G. (eds) Performativity across UK education: ethnographic cases of its effects, agency and reconstructions. E ad E Publications.,
NG. Bright (2010). Writing inbye and outbye: Doing autoethnography. In: Proceedings of the Perspectives on European Education Policy and Practice Intensive Programme at Haapsalu, Estonia, August 2008,. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.,