Prior to joining Loughborough, Penny studied at York St John University and completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology (2017-2021). In October 2021, Penny began their doctoral research under the supervision of Dr. Cristian Tileagă and Dr. Richard Bramwell.
PhD Topic: Grenfell Tower, collective identity and remembrance: Using discursive psychology to explore the collective memory of a traumatic event.
PGR Supervisors: Cristian Tileagă and Richard Bramwell
Penny’s research explores how blame and accountability can be constructed and managed in everyday political discussions, specifically, in instances where contentious political scandals are at stake. Using discursive psychology, Penny explores the discursive mechanisms politicians use to sidestep responsibility, and how are these are delicately constructed to avoid accusations of classism and racism.
Penny’s current research builds on these notions and explores how the Grenfell Tower community talk about the disaster. This will involve listening to the community narratives (music, poetry, blog posts etc.) to understand how they discuss grief and remembrance, and how this relates to their collective memory of-what-happened.