MSc Student Spotlight: Lucas Baude de Bunnetat

MSc Student Spotlight: Lucas Baude de Bunnetat

Lucas is a part-time MSc student who joined the Department in October 2021. Previously, Lucas studied Politics and Law, as well as obtaining an MBA from Kent Business School.


Lucas Bunnetat stands in front of two paintings

Why study sociology?

I chose sociology because I wanted to learn specific research skills and methodologies looking at forms of association and social networks. I have a background in social science but not sociology.

My research, however, looks at a number of sociological topics (as well as distinct research methods). By studying sociology, I’ll be able to take my existing research and expertise and apply it through this sociological lens.

What attracted you to the department in Oxford?

Oxford was able to provide the opportunity to really refine my research skills alongside a world-class academic community.

My research looks at a number of interlinked subject areas so the wide range of different research and expertise in Oxford can further support my work.

Where do your research interests lie?

My current research looks at working culture within online creator communities.

Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research it aims to draw parallels with other self-employed workers (digital and traditional), in doing so, establishing how the relationship between creator and viewer within this setting creates a working environment with unique challenges and opportunities.

What do you hope to do when you finish your course?

I’m applying for a DPhil/PhD building on my Masters research. I’m eventually hoping to apply my research within an industry setting to help inform best-practice.

What piece of advice would you give to prospective students?

Have a look through the course handbooks online, they give you a great idea about the structure of the course, and some hints as to what the year will bring. Have a quick look at where your existing skills can fit well in the course, as well as areas which will be completely new to you.

It never hurts to have a look at some basic overview materials before engaging with the course – don’t go crazy, but it can help you hit the ground running so you can make the most of your time in Oxford.

What do you enjoy the most about living and studying at Oxford? 

Oxford is a great place for getting to know experts in anything and everything. If your research or interests have features of other subjects or courses, you can always find someone who know a bit about that field and is really passionate about their subject!

Favourite Book:

'Prisoners of Geography' by Tim Marshall. It serves as a helpful reminder of the impact that present situation and limiting factors have on influencing decision-making and outlook.