Esme Terry


I joined the University of Leeds in February 2020 as a Research Fellow affiliated with the ESRC-funded Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (known as Digit). The centre aims to advance understanding of digital technologies at work, and the impact of digital change for employers, employees and other stakeholders. Digit is jointly led by the Universities of Leeds and Sussex. Further information on the centre and its current research streams can be found here: 

My other core research interests lie in the sociology of work and employment, with a particular focus on diversity and (in)equality in the workplace. My doctoral research employs sociological theory to explore social class, impression management and identities in the Scottish legal sector. In my previous research position at Edinburgh Business School, I was part of an industry funded project exploring work in sub-prime financial services. This research focused on the home-collected credit industy, in particular the work of self-employed collection agents; gaining insights into the changing nature of their work, their experiences and identities, and the digitalisation of their labour process.


2020- present: ESRC Digit Research Fellow, University of Leeds

2018-2019: Senior Researcher, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

2016-present: Postgraduate Researcher, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

2016-2019: Academic Tutor, Business Management Department, Heriot-Watt University

Recent publications:

Terry, E., & Marks, A. (2018) ‘Social Class, Impression Management and Capitals: Exploring how lawyers in the Scottish legal sector use class during professional interactions’. BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference, Belfast, 12-14 September.  

Terry, E., & Marks, A. (2019) When professional self and class background clash: Identity dissonance amongst Scottish lawyers and the mediating role of gender’. BSA Annual Conference, Glasgow, 24-26 April.

Terry, E., Marks, A., Dakessian, A., & Christopoulos, D. (2019) ‘Grey-zones of work in sub-prime finance: How regulation and app-based digital technologies govern self-employed collection agents in the home credit industry’. International Labour Process Conference, Vienna, 24-26 April.




  • 2016: MA (Hons), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Educaton Academy

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change