Dr Donncha Marron

Lecturer

School School of Social and Health Sciences

Department Division of Sociology

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+44 (0)1382 30 8474

Biography

I am currently Lecturer in Sociology in the Division of Sociology, School of Social and Health Sciences. Within this role I am Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sociology degree.

Between 2007 and 2014 I was a lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Within this role, I was course leader for the MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy.

I hold a BA (Hons) Economics and Sociology and a MSocSc Sociology from University College Dublin. I completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Glasgow in 2006.

Before undertaking my PhD, I was an Executive Officer in the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and an Administrative Officer in the Department of Finance, both in Ireland.

Module Leader SOC101 Contemporary Social Issues and SOC305 Researching Society

Contributing lecturer CRM202 Theories of Crime and Deviance, SOC400 Honours Project and Advanced Higher Modern Studies to Dundee schools

My research concerns the sociology of economic life, personal finance and consumption, with a particular emphasis on consumption perceived as risky, addictive or problematic. 

My most recent work has examined UK government policy concerning financial capability (Marron 2014) and Anglo-American discursive constructions of credit and debt in the 20th and 21st centuries (Marron 2015). I have also sought to develop of a new, distinctive sociological framework for the understanding of cigarette consumption (Marron 2016).

I am currently writing up a paper examining the phenomenon of self-help in relation to tobacco cessation with a particular focus on the Easyway method associated with stop smoking guru Allen Carr. I am also in the process of preparing a book proposal that will seek to examine how tobacco consumption has come to be problematized and governed through discourses of addiction and harm, the policing of risk in space and place and the state regulation of the market for tobacco.

Marron, D. (2016) 'Smoke gets in your eyes: What is sociological about cigarettes?' Sociological Review. Advance access available at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-954X.12404.

Marron, D. (2015) 'Debt, consumption and freedom: Social scientific representations of consumer credit in Anglo-America', History of the Human Sciences, 28(4), pp. 25–43.

Marron, D. (2014) '“Informed, educated and more confident”: Financial capability and the problematization of personal finance consumption', Consumption, Markets and Culture, 17(5-6), pp. 491-511.

Marron, D. (2013) 'Governing poverty in a neo-liberal age: New Labour and the case of financial exclusion', New Political Economy, 18(6), pp. 785-810.

Marron, D. (2012) 'Producing over-indebtedness: Risk, prudence and consumer vulnerability', Journal of Cultural Economy, 5(4), pp. 407-421.

Marron, D. and Buckley, R. (2011) 'Social class and inequality', in Yuil, C. and Gibson, A. (eds.) Sociology for social work. London: Sage, pp. 26-44.

Marron, D. and Millar, J. (2011) 'Poverty and social exclusion', in Yuill, C. and Gibson, A (eds.) Sociology for social work. London: Sage, pp. 94-115.

Marron, D. (2009) Consumer credit in the United States: a sociological perspective from the 19th Century to the present. New York: Palgrave.

Vertigans, S., Marron, D., and Sutton, P. (2009) Militant Islam: a sociology of characteristics, causes and consequences. Abingdon: Routledge.

Marron, D. (2008) 'Money talks, money walks: The war on terrorist financing in the West', Policing, 2(4), pp. 441-451.

Marron, D. (2008) '“Alter reality”: governing the risk of identity theft', British Journal of Criminology, 48(1), pp. 20-38.

Marron, D. (2007) '“Lending by numbers”: credit scoring and the constitution of risk within American consumer credit', Economy and Society, 36 (1), pp. 103-33.

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Funding

Named researcher, PIE News, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 687922
EUR 1.9 million funding (EUR 190,250 Abertay)

Member of project team for the ATLEF project Research Methods Essentials: Online Tutorials for Social Research Projects (£1,800)

Outreach

Media contributor to Credit Today, Credit Collections Management, The Conversation, The Week, Aberdeen Press and Journal, Dundee Courier, Tay FM and the BBC.

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