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I am a Lecturer in Sociology, with teaching and research interests in the areas of architectural theory, cultural geography, social theory and urban studies.
Originally from Derry, I moved to Lancaster to study English Literature, graduating in 1996. Following my degree I spent six years living in London, where I worked for various booksellers. I returned to part-time study when living in York, completing the MA in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture in 2006, and my doctoral thesis on the neoliberalization of space in 2012.
I worked for four years from 2006-2010 as an editorial assistant (Medical Sociology) on the journal Social Science & Medicine. After working as a Teaching Fellow in the Department for two years, I took up my current post as Lecturer in September 2012.
Programme leader for BA Sociology
I am co-director of the Centre for Urban Research (CURB), an interdisciplinary gathering of academics, working across departments at York, whose research focuses on the social and economic development of ‘majority-urban’ centres; the towns and cities in which most people live and work. CURB has been instrumental in the emergence of a research network on urban issues drawing in researchers and policy professionals in Northern England and across Europe.
My research interests are increasingly focused on the intersection of architecture, embodiment and care. These complement my long-standing interests in cities, northern landscapes, mobilities, and literary approaches to documenting the social.
I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral projects that take cultural approaches to understanding urban issues, environments and ideas of the North; that employ architecture as a route to the embodied experience of health, place and well-being, and that use literature as a way of illuminating the social.
You can find an up to date list of my publications on the York Research Database.