Laidlaw, Maggie

Dr Maggie Laidlaw

Maggie completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her ESRC funded study focused on the temporal dimensions of women’s voluntary involvement in civic activities. By using the work of Norbert Elias to understand how women negotiate the various networks in their lives, Maggie used the concept of the ‘we-I balance’ to explore the motivations behind time for ‘community’ commitments being carved out of busy schedules. Maggie’s doctoral studies were project linked to AHRC/ESRC funded Connected Communities ( and Imagine programmes of community based research.

Maggie is skilled in the use of collaborative and creative research methods, with a particular interest in the use of poetry in social sciences research. Prior to her doctoral studies at Edinburgh, Maggie studied at the Glasgow School of Art where she was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2013 GSA SPIE awards in connection with her use of sculptural poetry within her MRes research study of young women’s experiences of sexual street harassment.

Out with her professional life, Maggie spends a great deal of her time volunteering in her local community.