About City
  1. Schools and departments
  2. Education
  3. Rector and President
  4. Governance and leadership
  5. Working at City
  6. History of City
  7. More about City
  8. Campus map
  9. Contact us
  1. Arts and Social Sciences
  2. Sociology
About City

Atalanta Goulandris




  • PhD, Sociology Continuity and Change: The Professional Lives and Culture of Self-Employed Barristers in England & Wales, awarded June 2017, City, University of London
  • MPhil/PhD Sociology & Social Policy (first year) University of Southampton
  • MA Criminology (Distinction) City, University of London: Cynthia Cockburn Prize for the best overall performance by a student in the Human Rights and Sociology pathways
  • Bar Vocational Course: Inns of Court School of Law
  • Diploma in Law (conversion course): Polytechnic of Central London
  • BA English Literature: University of London

The PhD research

The interview-based doctoral research investigated how the radical changes at the independent Bar since the early 1990s manifested in the daily working lives of barristers and how the traditional chambers’ model, virtually unaltered since the 19th century, evolved and modernised to provide a flexible, accessible, competitive and modern legal service. The research further explored how regulatory changes and state intervention challenged the status, independence and income of barristers and traditional notions of professionalism and its trading model. It considered whether the profession had fragmented, as the liberalising rules permit the specialist and commercial Bar to grow and thrive, whilst cuts in legal aid funding have left the public Bar struggling to survive.

Supervised by: Professor Eugene McLaughlin (Sociology) and Professor Andy Boon (Law school)

Examined by: Professor John Flood and Dr Steven Vaughan


  • Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London: UG Criminal Justice; Penology (2017
  • 2015 Introductory Certificate in Academic Practice (Distinction)

Research Interests

  • The legal profession: organizational change, professional identity formation and culture
  • Legal aid and the future of the criminal Bar
  • The intersection of media representations and criminal justice
  • Transparency, Open Justice, cameras in courts
  • Criminal justice


Researching the Bar: demystifying elite interviewing and navigating insider status', London Centre for Social Studies PhD Methodology Conference, Westminster University (June 2016)

Getting in and fitting in. Pupillage applications, selection processes and playing by the new rules', Socio Legal Studies Association annual conference, Lancaster University (April, 2016)

Becoming Foxy Knoxy: the fabrication of a killer celebrity identity’, co-presented with Eugene McLaughlin, Centre for Crime and Justice Research, City University (June, 2015)

Branding, marketing and the new entrepreneurial Barrister’, Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference, Warwick University (April, 2015)


Goulandris, A. and McLaughlin, E. (2016) ‘What’s in a Name? The UK Newspapers’ fabrication and commodification of Foxy Knoxy’ in L. Gies and M. Bortoluzzi (eds) Transmedia crime stories: the trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the globalised media sphere, Basingstoke, Palgrave

Goulandris, A. (2016) Reshaping professionalism: branding, marketing and the new entrepreneurial barrister, International Journal of the Legal Profession, 22(3): 272-298