Whilst an undergraduate at Loughborough University, Marc achieved a degree in Social Psychology (BSc, First Class Honours). From this background, he developed a keen interest in the study of human interaction through the approach of discursive psychology (DP) closely informed by the methodological framework of conversation analysis (CA). This led Marc to undertake a Masters degree in Discursive Psychology (MSc) at Loughborough University, from which he attained a Distinction.
Marc went on to study for a PhD after being awarded a Scholarship from Loughborough University. He worked with a substantial corpus of recordings of telephone calls to environmental health, antisocial behaviour and mediation services in the UK, in which members of the public reported neighbourhood problems. By utilising the approach of DP embedded within the analytic framework of CA, Marc developed an understanding of how callers reported neighbourhood issues, the ways in which these calls were responded to by different agencies, and the institutional implications for service provision in these institutional encounters.
Marc was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in conjunction with Loughborough University. The Fellowship has allowed Marc to consolidate his PhD research through further empirical articles and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Fellowship has also provided Marc with the opportunity to collect and work on new data in a different area of ‘social problems’ related research within the community. Marc is currently engaged in these research activities.
Marc has extensive teaching and marking experience at Loughborough University, covering several topic areas in the social sciences across all undergraduate years. Marc has run seminars for modules including ‘Language, Culture and Mind’ and ‘Foundations in Qualitative Research’, and has provided teaching assistance on the ‘Social Interaction’ module.
- Alexander, M., & Stokoe, E. (2019). Problems in the neighbourhood: Formulating noise complaints across dispute resolution services. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 29(5), 355-370.
- Alexander, M., Blackburn, D., & Reuber, M. (2019). Patients’ accounts of memory lapses in interactions between neurologists and patients with functional memory disorders. Sociology of Health & Illness, 41(2), 249-265.
- Alexander, M. (2018). Formulating and managing neighbourhood complaints: A comparative study of service provision. Loughborough University
- Albert, S., Albury, C., Alexander, M., Harris, T., Hofstetter, E., Holmes, E., & Stokoe, E. (2018). The conversational rollercoaster: Conversation analysis and the public science of talk. Discourse Studies, 20(3), 397-424.