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More about the researchers, lecturers and honorary staff that make up our Sociology department.

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Head of Sociology

Professor Alice Bloch
Professor of Sociology 

Research specialisms: forced migration, refugees, migration, undocumented migrants, second-generation refugees.

Deputy Head of Sociology

Dr Kevin Gillan
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: social movements, protest, neoliberalism, globalisation, corporations.

Teaching and research staff within Sociology

Dr Owen Abbott 
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: self, sociology of morality, social practice, relational sociology.

Professor Claire Alexander 
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: race/ethnicity and identity, youth/gangs, migration/diaspora, south Asians/Muslims in Britain.

Dr Roaa Ali 
Research Associate (Cultural production and consumption)

Research specialisms:  race/ethnicity and identity, politics of representation, cultural production, Arab American drama/theatre, Islamophobia.

Dr Andrew Balmer 
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: secrecy, lying, lie detection, science and technology, dementia.

Neema Begum
Research Associate

Research specialisms: race/ethnicity and identity, ethnic minority voting behaviour, political participation and representation, intersectionality, whiteness.

Dr Elisa Bellotti
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: social network analysis, mixed methods, criminal networks, scientific networks, gender and social networks.

Dr Wendy Bottero
Senior Lecturer in Sociology 

Research specialisms: inequalities, subjectivity, social identities, social practices, pragmatism and social inquiry.

Dr Tine Buffel
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: ageing and urbanism, social exclusion/inequality, neighbourhood and community, co-production and participatory research methods, age-friendly communities.

Professor Bridget Byrne
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: race/ethnicity, class, citizenship, gender, nation.

Dr Karis Campion
Research Associate

Research specialisms: (mixed) race/ethnic identities, intersectional inequalities, post-colonial identities, categorisations of race, institutional racism in education.

Professor Nick Crossley
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: social networks, culture, relational sociology, music, embodiment.

Dr Luke De Noronha
Simon Research Fellow

Research specialisms: deportation, racism, borders.

Professor Fiona Devine
Director of Alliance Manchester Business School and Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: social stratification and mobility, politics and participation, space mobility and lifestyles, gender, work and family.

Dr Patricia Doran
Research Associate

Research specialisms: ageing and urbanisation, social exclusion and inequality, health, lifecourse, age-friendly communities.

Dr Jill Ebrey
Research Associate

Research specialisms: culture, cultural participation, inequality, towns and peripheral places, socio-cultural infrastructures.

Dr Gemma Edwards
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Undergraduate Director

Research specialisms: social movements, protest, social networks, participation, historical sociology.

Professor Martin Everett
Chair in Network Analysis

Research specialisms: social networks, analytical sociology, methodology, new media.

Dr Simin Fadaee
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: social movements and activism, environmentalism and environmental politics, global south, inequality.

Professor Colette Fagan
Professor of Sociology and University of Manchester Vice-President for Research

Research specialisms: gender, work and care; employment, job quality and working conditions; international comparative analysis.

Dr Laura Fenton
Research Associate

Research specialisms: lifecourse, gender, life history/ oral history, creative methods.

Dr Jacopo Galimberti
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Matthijs Gardenier
Newton International Fellow

Research specialisms: social movements, vigilantism, anti-migrant groups, security studies. 

Dr Leah Gilman
Research Associate

Research specialisms: family and personal life, reproductive technologies, sociology of donation.

Professor Brian Heaphy
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: sexualities, gender, personal life, social change.

Professor Anthony Heath
Professor in Sociology

Professor Sue Heath
Professor in Sociology

Research specialisms: housing, home, shared living, intergenerational relations, creative methods.

Dr James Hodgson
Research Associate

Research specialisms: sexualities, queer visual culture, loners, loneliness and social isolation.

Dr Helen Holmes
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: materiality, everyday, sociology of consumption, temporality, creative methods.

Dr Ajmal Hussain
Research Fellow

Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: race/ethnicity, (anti-)racisms, mixedness, education, decoloniality.

Dr Dharmi Kapadia
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: race/ethnicity, mental illness, mental health services, stigma, advanced quantitative methods.

Professor Graeme Kirkpatrick
Professor of Social and Cultural Theory

Research specialisms: technology, aesthetics, culture, games, art.

Dr James Laurence
ESRC Research Fellow

Research specialisms: ethnic diversity and immigration, social cohesion, social and civic engagement, inter-group relations, macro/micro-economic hardships.

Professor Yaojun Li
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: social mobility and stratification, ethnic integration, socio-economic inequalities, international comparison, social capital.

Professor Vanessa May
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: belonging, self, temporality, ageing, families.

Dr Peter McMylor
Senior Lecturer

Dr Robert Meckin
Presidential Fellow

Biotechnology, automation, robotics, interdisciplinarity, responsible innovation, science and emerging technologies.

Professor Andrew Miles
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: social class, cultural participation and policy, social mobility, inequalities, mixed methods research.

Dr Nadim Mirshak
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: authoritarianism, sociology of education, political sociology, state-civil society relations, social movements and alternative resistance.

Professor James Nazroo
Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the British Academy

Research specialisms: inequality, race/ethnicity, ageing, health, mental health.

Dr Richie Nimmo
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: animals and human-animal relations, Actor-Network Theory (ANT), posthumanism and biopolitics, environmental sociology, historical and archive methods.

Dr Petra Nordqvist
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: gender, sexuality, kinship, family relationalities, reproductive donation.

Dr Filippo Oncini
Marie Curie Fellow

Research specialisms: food consumption, cultural stratification, social inequalities, social class, health stratification, school meals

Dr Tugba Aydin Ozturk
Research Associate

Research specialisms: sociology of music, media, culture and technology, social networks and social capital, semiology, gender, music and art policy.

Professor Christopher Phillipson
Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology

Research specialisms: ageing societies, age-friendly cities, work and retirement, urban sociology, social policy.

Dr Elisa Pieri
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: security and biopolitics, pandemics, Science and Technology Studies (STS), urban sociology, media and discourse.

Professor Hilary Pilkington
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: youth, social activism, extremism, post-socialist societies, comparative qualitative research methods.

Professor Debora Price
Professor of Social Gerontology

Research specialisms: ageing and ageing societies, pensions and finance over the lifecourse, poverty and inequality in later life, gender, couples and families across the lifecourse.

Dr James Rhodes
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: racism and ethnicity, urban depopulation and deindustrialisation, urban inequalities.

Dr David Schoch
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: social network analysis, network science, computational social science, network centrality, social stratification.

Dr Djordje Sredanovic
Newton International Fellow

Research specialisms: citizenship, migration, rights, legal status, media.

Dr Nicholas Thoburn
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: publishing and the book, Marx, Marxism and Communism, social housing and architecture, social and political theory, material text.

Professor Penny Tinkler
Professor of Sociology and History

Research specialisms: gender history, girlhood, life-course, creative and photographic methods, memory.

Dr Meghan Tinsley
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: race/ethnicity, nationalism, postcolonial theory, collective memory, cultural production.

Professor Alan Warde
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: consumption, food and eating, culture, stratification, sustainability.

Dr Daniel Welch
Research Fellow

Research specialisms: consumption, sustainability, practices, social theory, economic sociology.

Dr Sophie Woodward
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: materiality, gender, consumption, fashion, creative methods.

Dr Luke Yates
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: social movements, protest, consumption, practices, sharing.

Professor Gary Younge
Professor in Sociology

Research specialisms: social movements (especially the civil rights movement), inequality, race, immigration, identity and politics.

Honorary staff

Dr Gaelle Aeby
Honorary Fellow, Morgan Centre

Dr Resto Cruz
Honorary Research Associate

Dr Katherine Davies
Honorary Fellow, Morgan Centre

Professor Dame Janet Finch
Honorary Professor

Professor Jennifer Mason
Professor Emerita of Sociology, Fellow of The British Academy

Research specialisms: personal life, affinities, socio-atmospherics, qualitative methods, mixed methods.

Professor William Sharrock
Professor of Sociology

Research specialisms: choice, rules, analytic sociology, experimental philosophy, computerised visualisations in astrophysics research.

Professor Carol Smart
Professor Emerita, Morgan Centre

Dr Nina Teasdale
Honorary Research Associate