Celestin’s PhD research focuses on the ways in which ideas associated with stigmatised groups become a part of stigmatised group member’s self-concept. The research explores how these processes may affect how stigmatised groups perform in evaluative situations and how others appraise them in these contexts. Specifically, the PhD research looks at how unemployed people are represented, the ways in which this representation manifests in unemployed person’s self-concept and what ramifications this has for their ability to successfully attain gainful employment.
Celestin’s research was awarded the Popular Prize and the 2016 LSE Research Festival. In 2017, he was awarded the highly competitive two-year Cumberland Lodge Scholarship.
Celestin is interested in various aspects of inequality and is associated with the International Inequalities Institute PhD programme at the LSE. He is concerned with ways of improving access and outcomes within higher education for ‘non-traditional’ groups especially at postgraduate level and various aspects of the care system including educational attainment.