Current research students

Here you can find out about the current activities of research graduates in the Department of Sociology.

StudentArea of researchContact

Nurul Abd Rehman

  • Life on the grid: social media

Hanan M. Alsuraihi


  • Family Problems, Women's issues, Youth Problems and Social Media


Victor Avila Torres



  • Technologies of Music Consumption, Musical Experience in the Everyday Life, Sociology of Technology, Cultural Sociology, Media Studies

 Jerry Booth

  •  Outcomes influencing the training of tomorrows doctors

 Raven Bowen


  •  Examining concurrent participation in off-street sex work and square work

Pin-Yao Chiu


  • Tourism studies, Social class, Social media and Neoliberalism

Hyangmi Choi


  • Communication studies
  • Cultural differences in the relationships between audience responses and the use of verbal and nonverbal devices in political speeches

Frances Clixby


  • Social Interaction, Conversation Analysis, Ethnomethodology, Psychotherapeutic Interaction
Matt Coward
  • UK based analog gaming communities
  • Communitas and play as methods of fostering community
  • Ritual studies, secular ritual praxis and ritual’s interaction with popular culture
  • Contemporary religions and spiritualities and the theoretical frameworks through which they are studied

Justyna Cybulska

Jack Denham

  • Crime, celebrity and fandom: the seductiveness of notoriety

Anna Gkiouleka

  •  Integrating intersectionality theory in health inequalities research
Kasturi Hazarika



Ruchi Higham

  • Cinical trials and the challenge of regenerative medicine

Edward Holmes

  • Social Interaction, Conversation Analysis, Ethnomethodology and Social Class

David Honeywell

  • Processes of education and its relationship to prisoners desisting from crime

Isaac Hughes

  • Sociological Analysis of Communications from (purported) Non-Human Entities

Christine Jackson-Taylor

  • Personal narratives of religious LGBTQ women

Kenneth Leach

  • Governmentality of wellbeing and happiness studies in the United Kingdom

Gillian Loomes

  • Constructing Autonomy on a Cliff Edge: A Socio-Legal Study of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Li Kun


Alex Lewington

  • Researching the communication and interpretation of transcultural themes of identity, otherness and race in English-language translations of shonen manga in the United Kingdom.

Peggy Lockwood-Lord

  • Cultural Criminology / Counterculture
  • Transgression studies
  • 'Queer Carnivalesque' / 'Folk' culture
  • Groteskology

Dawei Lu

  • Experiences of contemporary art exhibitions for visitors

Will Paterson

  • The classed dimensions of community (in)action, the politics of space in the rural-urban fringe of Leeds-Bradford
Vladimir Rizov
  • The use and produciton of capital( social, cultural and symbolic) by professional photoraphers in the documentary genre.
Bethany Robertson
  • Gender identities (in farming and rural life) and human-animal relations (livestock, pet-keeping and identity work)
Dan Robins
  • The value of necro-waste

Carol Robinson

  • Criminology, especially prisons and issues around deaths of prisoners from natural causes


  • Sociological Analysis of the War on Terror
Jill Simpson
  • Critical data studies, data visualisation, public engagement through creative practice 

Rina Siyengwa

  • Capacitie: Environmental monitoring as participatory science

Rosie Smith

  • Classical and contemporary social theory and its applications to crime, culture, and media

Germaine Stockbridge

  • The interpretation and evaluation of meaningful coincidences

 Quian Wang