Esme Terry

Esme Terry
University of Leeds · Leeds University Business School

MA (Hons)


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I am a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, affiliated with the ESRC Digit research centre: I previously held a research post at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, where I worked on an industry funded project exploring sub-prime financial services. I am in my final year as a Management PhD candidate at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University. My thesis explores social class in the Scottish legal profession.


Publications (6)
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Changes to the labour process in the home credit sector have exposed the industry’s agency workforce to increased levels of digital managerial control through the introduction of digital lending applications and algorithmic decision-making techniques. This article highlights the heterogeneous nature of the impact of digitalisation on the labour pro...
Based on data from over 70 interviews with people working in the home credit industry, this article makes a unique contribution to knowledge about work in sub-prime financial services. The article demonstrates how extant positions constructing home credit agents as ‘dirty workers’ are to some extent misleading, omitting analysis of the place(s) in...
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Conference Paper
Drawing on data collected during fifty interviews with fee-earning lawyers in the central belt of Scotland, this paper explores the class backgrounds and professional identities of lawyers working in Scottish law firms. Previous research has emphasised the dominance of the advantaged middle classes within the legal sector (Ackroyd and Muzio, 2007;...
Conference Paper
Through a qualitative study of lawyers working in the central belt of Scotland, this paper explores fee earners’ experience of, and use of, class-related capitals (Bourdieu, 1984) within their professional lives. Previous studies have highlighted the narrow forms of cultural capital favoured by elite service firms during the recruitment process (As...


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Projects (2)
Exploring the work of self-employed agents in the home credit sector.
This project forms part of an ongoing Management PhD study. The research is informed by sociological theory and explores issues of diversity and inclusion, social class, and professional identity in the Scottish legal sector.