Lauren O’Connell is a full-time sociology PhD student at the University of Essex where she also works part time as a lecturer in social work. Lauren was awarded an ESRC scholarship in 2016 for her doctoral research which explores experiences and meanings of being diagnosed with and treated for anorexia nervosa and the ways in which these events become intertwined with and influence identity. Lauren is also using her research to develop a novel personal-experience based methodological approach. Prior to beginning her PhD, Lauren completed a masters in social research and a PGCE, and taught in an FE college.
Lauren’s wider interests relate to such areas as symbolic interactionism, the sociology of diagnosis, experiential knowledge and critical psychology.