Our research is concerned with the representation, interpretation and evaluation of culture.
We consider how specific cultural forms and values are made and lived in practice. Our research spans a range of topics from popular culture and everyday life to cultural institutions and industries.
We challenge and assess ongoing social and cultural changes; critically analysing transformations of media and citizenship, social inequalities and trends. Our work evaluates cultural participation, engagement and disengagement on an international scale.
- Dr Miranda Armstrong
Family & women's relationships, Intersectional inequalities, The life course
- Victor Avila Torres
Digital media, culture, music consumption
- Dr Eliran Bar-El
Social Theory, Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Intellectual Interventions
- Dr Kath Bassett
Ethnographic, Qualitative & Digital Methods, ANT, Foucauldian & Posthuman feminist theories, Digital technologies, Locative media platforms & algorhythmic Governmentality, Cities, Cultural-economic development & tourism, Emotions, affect & the psy disciplines, Masculinities & transgender issues/politics
- Professor David Beer
Popular culture, new media cultures, cultural theory, digital methods
- Dr Lloyd Belcher
Cultural criminology, Visual research methods, Drug use, Race & crime, Ethnography
- Dr Christina Buse
Embodiment, Ageing, Dementia, Material culture & technology
- Dr Emma Casey
Social & cultural history of consumption, Gambling, Sociological studies of domestic life & experiences.
- Dr Sangeeta Chattoo
Global health, Genetic disorders, Reproductive technologies, Race, ethnicity and citizenship, Ethnographic and biographical methods.
- Dr James Cummings
Gender, sexuality & identity.
- Dr Peter Gardner Contentious politics (protest, revolt, revolution, civil war), postconflict societies, ethnic and racial studies, symbolic objects, environmental movements.
- Dr Patricia Hamilton
Black feminist theory, Parenting culture studies & reproduction, Intersectional politics of early parenting, Black feminist research methodologies, Assisted reproductive technologies & their intersection with race & parenting.
- Dr Christine Jackson-Taylor
Gender & sexuality, Faith & religion, Narrative research, Identity & self.
- Dr Joanna Malone
Religion & non-religion, Ageing & the life-course, Inter-generational research, End of life, Citizenship & belonging.
- Dr Daryl Martin Architectural theory, cultural geography, social and cultural theory, urban sociology.
- Dr Haley Elizabeth McAvay Citizenship, national identity, social/political attitudes.
- Dr Gareth Millington Urban sociology, race and racism and urban culture.
- Dr Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot
African and Francophone Studies, Christianity, literature and cultures.
- Dr Emily Nicholls
Gender & identity, Femininities, Consumption & the night time economy, Alcohol & sobriety.
- Dr Raphaël Nowak
Culture, Music consumption, Digital technologies, Materiality, Popular culture heritage
- Dr Tom O'Brien Environmental sociology, democratisation, social movements and political leadership.
- Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce Celebrity, media, death, crime.
- Dr Amanda Rees
Social theory, Sociology of science, Popular understanding of science, History of primatology.
- Dr Ayshka Sene
The history & memory of the Second World War in France & Britain, National identity & belonging in France, Oral history theory & practice.
- Dr Katy Sian De/Postcolonialism, Race and Ethnicity, Culture, Identity and Diaspora.
- Dr Anna Strhan Sociology of religion, non-religion, morality ethics and values, evangelicalism, religion and parenting.
- Dr Frances Thirlway Popular culture, cultural value, cultural participation, working-class street parade traditions, marching bands and majorettes in UK and Northern Europe.
Gaming, rituals interaction with popular culture, religion, death and the undead.
- Adam Dinsmore
- Yumeng Dou
- Jade Gilbourne
- Dylan Goodacre-Hall
Online communities, death and dying, virtual spaces, digital archiving.
Community and belonging, feminist urban research, marginalisation.
Social media politics, democracy, populism culture.
Class and immigration studies, social theory.
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Cultural Criminology, trangression studies, Queer Carnivalesque' / 'Folk' culture, Groteskology.
Political Sociology, social movements, climate crisis, future studies.
- Zainab Maqbool
Sociology of Religion, intersectional identities.
Music sociology, Music and gender, Music and nostalgia, Music and mortality, Reception theory.
Urban sociology, spaces of female street-based sex work.
Migration and Diaspora, Islamophobia and War on Terror, Politics of Transnationalism, Multiculturalism.
The gendered presentation of death and dying in contemporary comic books.
Scientific knowledge production, Knowledge dissemination, Transformation of academic work.
School architecture, Educational spaces, Educational pedagogy.
- Cath Stinton
Emotional culture, Emotion work, Emotional methodologies, Latin American studies.
Subcultural and music sociology study.
Urban Sociology, Self-build, Tiny Houses.
Visual Culture, Food, Photography on Social Media, Digital Culture, Popular Culture, Consumer Culture.
Our diverse and extensive research is documented in our research archive.
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