Alaina Weir


Alaina is a Full-Time PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (1st Class) in 2017 and MA Criminal Justice (Distinction) in 2019. During her time at university, Alaina gained a vast amount of experience working as a research assistant on a large-scale longitudinal project, exploring student retention at Higher Education institutions. Furthermore, she was granted a Community Excellence scholarship in recognition of her outstanding participation in the voluntary sector.

As an extension to her MA research dissertation entitled; “‘GLOW UP!’: A Critical Analysis of the Sexualisation Discourse in Young Females within the Cultural Boundaries of Consumer Capitalism”, Alaina’s current doctoral research at Edge Hill focusses on the theoretical and philosophical understandings of the influences and impacts of the sexualisation discourse on young females in consumer capitalism. Her other research interests include criminology, criminal justice, neoliberalism and zemiology.

Alaina is student member of the British Society of Criminology and is registered to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education during her time at Edge Hill University.


  • BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (1st Class), Liverpool John Moores University, 2017
  • MA Criminal Justice (Distinction), Liverpool John Moores University, 2019

Research Interests

  • The Sexualisation and Commodification of Young People
  • Young Females in Consumer Capitalism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Zemiology

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