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Rose Rickford



  • PhD Sociology (in progress), University of York
  • MA Social Research (Distinction), 2019, University of York
  • BA Sociology (First class with distinction), 2007, University of York

Rose developed a passion for both conversation analysis and grassroots organisations during her undergraduate degree at the University of York, for which her dissertation focused on interaction in phone calls to a volunteer-run feminist helpline.

On completing her BA she went on to work in the voluntary sector for over a decade. She specialised in providing advice and support to small, volunteer-run community organisations, with the aim of giving them the resources and skills needed to turn their ideas into realities.

Rose returned to academia in 2018 after receiving a White Rose Doctoral Training Programme studentship. Her MA Social Research provided an opportunity to revisit conversation analysis (CA). Her dissertation focused on turn-taking in talk-in-interaction, examining use of post-other-talk increments.

Rose began her PhD studies in September 2019. Her research brings together her interests in grassroots organising and interaction by focusing on the organising processes of community organisations operating during the COVID-19 crisis.


Rose's areas of research include:

  • civil society and social movements
  • disaster studies
  • qualitative methods including conversation analysis, conversation analysis informed study of text-based interactions, and discourse analysis

Rose's PhD research focuses on community organising during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK. It has two strands:

  1. Processes of community organising during social distancing. She is using conversation analysis (CA), and CA informed sequential analysis of text-based interactions to examine video-mediated and text-based interactions of groups of volunteers organising activities during the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. Discourses of the role and significance of community organising during the COVID-19 crisis. Rose is conducting an inductive thematic discourse analysis of both group interactions, based on data from semi-structured interviews and naturally-occurring group interactions.

In combination, these two strands of research will offer insight into the constitution and construction of both community organisations/groups/movements themselves, and the discourses surrounding their role and significance during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, see the Communities 2020 website.

In addition, Rose is investigating the use of post-other-talk increments in interaction – a project she began as part of her MA Social Research.

Rose works as a research assistant on a University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences project exploring service-user perceptions of spirituality in mental-health care.



Kitzinger, C., & Rickford, R. (2007). Becoming a Bloke' The Construction of Gender in Interaction. Feminism & Psychology, 17(2): 214-223.

Land, V., & Rickford, R. (2007). Are LGB people human? The European Convention on heterosexual rights. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 8(1): 28-33.

Needham, C., Gleeson, D., Martin, B. and Rickford, R., (2006) Academy schools: case unproven. London: NASUWT.

Book reviews

Rickford, R., & Kitzinger, C. (2008). Jane Sunderland, Language and gender: An advanced resource book Language in Society, 37(2): 308-310.


Rose works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on undergraduate modules Introducing Sociological Theory and Social Interaction and Conversation Analysis.

Contact details

Rose Rickford
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD