Celestin joined us as a Cumberland Lodge Scholar in September 2017. Celestin grew up on the Northumberland Park Estate in Tottenham, and still resides in Tottenham. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Brunel University where he investigated Black identity formation and its effects on educational attainment. Following completion of his undergraduate studies, he took up various roles in Local Government specialising in policy and project work around Youth and Equality.
In 2015 Celestin began an MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science gaining Distinction. The following academic year he began a PhD in Social Psychology at the same institution.
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. Moreover, the research explores how these processes may affect how stigmatised groups perform in evaluative situations and how others appraise them in these contexts. Specifically, he is looking 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 is interested in various aspects of inequality and is associated with the International Inequalities Institute 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. Both issues with which Celestin has personal experience.