Information for visiting researchers

Central Hall looking towards Wentworth College (c) Skycell 2003

Academic staff and researchers from any University within the UK and the rest of the world are welcome to visit the department. This role will involve no remuneration, but offers you formal attachment to the Department of Sociology and access to research facilities such as the library. The Department assumes that visitors will come to York to pursue their independent research and does not provide or arrange any academic supervision.

Visiting researcher positions can be awarded from any period from one month to a year. Visiting researchers will normally be expected to present a paper in one of the departmental seminars or events.

Researchers who are currently studying for a PhD can apply to visit the Department under this scheme for up to 1 month to undertake independent research. If a longer visit is planned, applications should be made online here: 

If you are interested in applying please read the information below.

How To Apply

How to apply

To apply, please send the following documents to Sophie Bramley by email (

1) A letter of application (up to 2 sides of A4 at most) which includes:

  • why you would like to spend time in York;
  • the name/s of Departmental staff who support your application;
  • a short research plan that links to one of the departmental research clusters;
  • contact details of a referee (e.g. your Head of Department/ a senior academic) who knows you and your work and whom we may contact;
  • a clear indication of how you intend to pay for your stay here and the fees, plus your prospective visit dates.

2) A short CV (1-2 pages)



The following are provided for visiting researchers:

  • University of York email address and use of University and Department computing facilities;
  • Use of the University Library;
  • Admission to most undergraduate and postgraduate lectures and workshops
  • Copies of course material;
  • Admission to research seminars and other public events;
  • Limited free use of the Department's photocopier;
  • Shared office space with computing facilities



Visiting researchers spend between one and a maximum of twelve months associated with the Department and pay a fee as follows: £250 is charged for visits of up to 1 term, £500 for up to 2 terms and £750 for the full year. This is typically paid on arrival.


Visa procedures

The Department cannot provide advice on visas. For more information on visa applications, please visit the University's Immigration Advice Service website.

If you require a visa to enter the UK it is essential that you seek advice on how to obtain the correct visa to suit the purpose of your visit.

Other Information

The best time to visit

The academic year at York is divided into three terms. These begin with Autumn term from October to mid December. The Spring term runs from January to March. The Summer term begins in April and ends in June. Term dates are published on the University's website.

The University vacation period begins in July and lasts until the beginning of October. Many people are away at this time and the Department provides no teaching or events.

The libraries may also open for shorter hours and may close completely for short periods.

Accommodation arrangements

The Department is unable to help with accommodation.

Please contact Accommodation Services for more information.

Our Visitors


  • Florence Chiew - Visiting researcher from Macquarie University working on the ‘Intimate Entanglements’ project and a project exploring the sociological implications of research on the metagenome. Host: Prof Joanna Latimer (February - May 2018)
  • Professor Ariadne Vromen - Visiting researcher from the University of Sydney working on digital citizenship and political engagement. Hosts: Dr Brian Loader and Dr Nathan Manning (April 2018)


  • Gerlinde Mauerer - Visiting researcher from the University of Vienna working on a project on gender and health in couple relationships with children. Host: Prof Ellen Annandale (October 2016)
  • Dr Cuixia Liu - Visiting researcher from Nantong University working on a project on public engagement with science and the implications this has for science policy and governance. Host: Prof Andrew Webster, SATSU (September 2016-August 2017)
  • Hui Ju - Visiting researcher from Heilongjiang University working on the conversation analysis of doctor-patient conversations. Host: Dr Merran Toerien (February - May 2017)


  • Lena Sohl - Visiting researcher from Linköping University, Sweden, working on the project “Re-integrating Swedishness: The Politics of Belonging among returning Swedish migrant women”. Host: Dr Steph Lawler. (October-November 2015)
  • Ryan du Toit Visiting researcher from Rhodes University, South Africa, working with Drs Merran Toerien and Sian Beynon-Jones on the 'Reproductive Justice?' project (October-November 2015).
  • Silvia Falcetta - Visiting researcher from the University of Milan working with Prof Paul Johnson (September-December 2015)


  • Silvia Falcetta - Visiting researcher from the University of Milan from November-December 2014 working with Prof Paul Johnson.


  • Katiana Le Mentec was awarded a prestigious Braudel fellowship, held at the University of York between March and November 2014. With a doctorate in Social Anthropology from the Univesity of Paris West, Nanterre, Katiana is an expert in Chinese anthropological research. She worked with Professor Sharon Macdonald on a project on the public exhibition of the Three Gorges Dam forced migration, Chongqing.
  • Gül Çorbacıoğlu - Visiting researcher from the Middle East Technical University, Gül's research interests are in the areas of sociology of health and medicine, sociology of work and organization and sociology of professions (medical profession in specific). She will be working with Profs Sarah Nettleton and Ellen Annandale. (April 2014-February 2015).


  • Tony Urbani, working on the project: 'The culture of responsible consumption and squander recovery'
  • Dr Jim Ross, visiting scholar from Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand.  Jim is researching health communication and medical education and is here from November 2012-February 2013 to work with Dr Merran Toerien and Professor Paul Drew.
  • Prof Ligia Dabul - Visiting Professor from Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro; researching art publics, community and citizenship;  September 2012-May 2013 to work with Prof Sharon MacDonald
  • Du Hui - Visiting PhD student from Minzu University, Beijing; researching Taiwanese aboriginal collections in Taiwan, China and the UK: February-August 2013 to work with Prof Sharon MacDonald
  • Dr Yelda Özen, Visiting scholar from the Yildirim Beyazit Universitesi, Ankara Turkey: Sep 2012-June 2013. To work with Prof Sarah Nettleton and do Fieldwork in the UK


  • Yonathan van der Brink, MA at the Institute of Education at London, and working on the BBC data with Mike Savage: June - July 2012 (YECCI)
  • Dr Sara Edenheim, research fellow and lecturer at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies and the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University, Sweden. Visiting scholar at the CWS, July 2011-Aug 2012.
  • Prof Johs Hjelbrekke, Visiting Professor from the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen: Sep-Dec 2011 (Visitor of YECCI)
  • Clara Iversen, Visiting PhD student from the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University: January/February 2012. Visitor of Satsu
  • Vegard Jarness, Visiting PhD student from the Sociology, University of Bergen, Oct 2011, PhD student (YECCI)
  • Prof Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Fullbright Visiting Professor to the CWS 2011-2012. Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair of Diversity Studies and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California
  • Prof Kalyani Kumar, Prof Kalyani is with the Centre for Women’s Studies on Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, investigating issues of harassment against women in places of Higher Education in UK, 2011-2012
  • Olaug S. Lian, Department of Community MedicineUniversity of Tromsø:  February-April 2012, working with Professor Sarah Nettleton.  Olaug is a Lecturer leading a research project on 'Quality, accessibility and coordination of health care in Norway for people with chronic illnesses - seen from the users’ point of view' funded by the Norwegian Government Health Service Fund (nearly 5 million)
  • Prof Brigitte Le Roux, Visiting Professor, Sociology, Université Paris Descartes: 30 November-8 December, 2011 (YECCI)
  • Iwona Machoczek, Researcher from Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, visits Sociology/ SATSU November 2011.  Funded by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action ‘Bio-objects’. Iwona’s visit centred on the dissemination and development of research concerning umbilical cord blood banking in Germany, which she conducted for her diploma thesis, entitled,  ‘Cord Blood - an Analysis of the Social Issues During the Extraction, Conservation and Practice’. Whilst here she presented her work during SATSU’s Autumn term brown bag seminar series and also explored synergies between her own research findings and those of Sociology’s Nik Brown (SATSU).
  • Roza Meuleman, Visiting PhD, Utrecht University, PhD student, Mar-July 2012 (Mike, YECCI)
  • Dr Koichi Mikami, University of Tokyo, visited SATSU on a number of occasions in 2010 and 2012 to discuss his work on the sociology of the biosciences. As a result of these visits he has developed a research proposal in collaboration with SATSU to examine scientific challenges in the field of rare diseases and the ways in which these create quite specific ethical and clinical dilemmas for all concerned.
  • David Redmalm, Visiting PhD student, Sociology Department, Örebro University (SE). January/February 2012. Visitor of SATSU.
  • Janne Maria Solgaard Jensen, Department of History and Area Studies, Aarhus University: February-April 2012


  • Prof Etzel Cardeña, Thorsen Professor of Psychology at Lund University Sweden, visited AERU for a week in May/June 2010. He gave an AERU seminar and a departmental seminar, and he and I discussed collaborative research ideas. (AERU)
  • Prof Mary Holmes, Mary Holmes is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She has a PhD and BA from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and did the Masters in Women's Studies at York in 1989/90. She is a visiting professor at the CWS 2010-2011.


  • Prof Charles Emmons, Professor of Sociology at Gettysburg, College, PA, visited AERU, March 2009.
  • Prof Yasushi Ohashi (School of Psychological Practices College of Integrated Human and Social Welfare Studies, Shukutoku University, Japan) was a visiting Fellow in AERU October 2009 to April 2010. We worked on a corpus of Japanese accounts of anomalous psychological experiences.
  • Dr Ellen Oost, University of Twente, SATSU visitor 2009-2010
  • Vincenzo Pavone (Institute of Public Policies, CSIC Madrid) , SATSU visitor 2009-2010
  • Flavia Santos (Nova de Lisboa University, Portugal), SATSU visitor 2009-2010
  • Dr Wenshi Shao, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Southeast University, China, She is a visiting scholar at the CWS in 2010.
  • Prof Jeonghee Seo, Professor, University of Ulsan, Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea. She is a visiting professor at the CWS 2009-2010
  • Dr Dirk Stemerding, Rathenau Institute and University of Twente, SATSU visitor 2009-2010
  • Paco Villanueva (Open University of Catalonia - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute) , SATSU visitor 2009-2010.
  • Dr Hesti Wijaya, Head of the Women’s Studies Postgraduate Programme and enior lecturer at Brawijaya University, a state university in Indonesia. She is a visiting scholar at the CWS in 2009-2010.



Contact details

Research Administrator
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323041
Fax: 01904 323043