Our people

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

Head of Sociology

Professor Vanessa May
Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


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

Professor Claire Alexander 
Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Dr Jayne Astbury
Research Associate


Dr Andrew Balmer 
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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


Dr Elisa Bellotti
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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


Dr Rashida Bibi
Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity

Research specialisms: Gender, Islamophobia, religion, belonging, everyday spaces.


Professor Alice Bloch
Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Research specialisms: intergenerational memory, family narratives of the Holocaust, forced migration, refugees, migration, undocumented migrants, second-generation refugees.


Dr Magdalena Borkowska
Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity


Dr Wendy Bottero
Reader in Sociology 

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


Professor Tine Buffel
Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology

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


Mr Joshua Bunting joshua.bunting@manchester.ac.uk
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: social movements, activism, historical sociology, oral history, social change. 


Professor Bridget Byrne

Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Dr Seán Carey
Senior Research Fellow, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity

Research specialisms: Ethnicity and identity, food and hospitality, East London, and ethnography.


Dr Garance Clément
Research Fellow

Research specialisms: Urban sociology, housing and housing inequalities, domestic space, everyday lives. 


Professor Nick Crossley
Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Professor Fiona Devine
Director of Alliance Manchester Business School and Professor of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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 Gemma Edwards
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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


Mr Daniel Ellingworth
Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity


Dr Verdine Etoria verdine.etoria@manchester.ac.uk
Lecturer in Sociology


Professor Martin Everett
Chair in Network Analysis, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Dr Simin Fadaee
Senior 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, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Dr James Fletcher
Research Associate

Research specialisms: Gerontology, dementia, ageing, cognition, disability, mental health.


Dr Jaime Garcia Iglesias
Research Associate

Research specialisms: 


Dr Hannah Haycox
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow 'Navigating the Labyrinth: How practitioners and Syrian families experience the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in comparative policy contexts'

Research specialisms: refugee resettlement, 'race', migration, housing. 


Dr Timothy Head
Research Associate

Research specialisms: 


Professor Brian Heaphy
Professor of Sociology

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


Professor Sue Heath
Professor in Sociology and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Dr Ivette Hernandez Santibañez
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: social movements, urban politics, contestation to neoliberalism in Latin America.


Dr Jenny Hewitt
Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity


Dr James Hodgson
Research Associate

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


Dr Helen Holmes
Lecturer in Sociology

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


Dr Torik Holmes
Research Associate


Dr Patricia Irizar
Simon Fellow

Research specialisms: Ethnic inequalities, mental health, health behaviours, mixed methods 


Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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


Dr Dharmi Kapadia
Senior 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 Luciana Lang
Research Associate


Mr James Laurence
ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow

Research specialisms: ethnic diversity, immigration, inequality, social capital, cohesion and inter-group relations. 


Professor Yaojun Li
Professor of Sociology

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


Dr Jessica Mancuso (jessica.mancuso@manchester.ac.uk)
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: gender, sexuality, LGBTQ studies, feminism, visibility and identity.


Dr Peter McMylor
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: social theory, morality, ethics, sociology of intellectuals, marxism, sociology of religion, political religions, cultural identity, historical/comparative/civilizational sociology, economic sociology.


Dr Robert Meckin
Presidential Fellow

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


Dr Krisztina Mekli
Research Associate


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, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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 Isabel Nuñez Salazar
Research Associate, Dating app connections project

Research specialisms: Families, relationships, households, gender and sexuality, race/ethnicity, intersectionality, feminism, creative and qualitative methods. 


Dr Nico Ochmann
Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity


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, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Professor Debora Price
Professor of Social Gerontology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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 Paul Simpson (paul.simpson-2@manchester.ac.uk)
Lecturer in Sociology

Research specialisms: ageing sexualities, masculinities, sensory methods.


Dr Harry Taylor
Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity

Research specialisms: Health, advanced quantitative methods.


Dr Nicholas Thoburn
Reader 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.


Dr Daniel Welch
Lecturer

Research specialisms: consumption, sustainability, practices, social theory, culture.


Dr Joann Wilkinson
Senior Tutor


Professor Sophie Woodward
Professor in Sociology

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


Dr Sophie Yarker
Research Fellow, Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group

Research specialisms: ageing in place, communities and identities. 


Dr Luke Yates
Lecturer in Sociology

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


Professor Gary Younge
Professor in Sociology, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Honorary staff

Dr Gaelle Aeby
Honorary Research Fellow


Prof Janeen Baxter
Honorary Hallsworth Visiting Professor


Prof Philip Cerny
Emeritus Professor


Dr Resto Cruz
Honorary Research Associate


Dr Ulrike Ehgartner
Honorary Research Associate


Professor Dame Janet Finch
Honorary Professor, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences


Dr Leah Gilman
Honorary Research Fellow

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


Prof Peter Halfpenny
Emeritus Professor


Dr Bethan Harries
Honorary Research Fellow


Prof Clare Holdsworth
Honorary Professor


Dr Paul Kelemen
Honorary Research Fellow


Dr Keekok Lee
Honorary Research Fellow (Sociology)


Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips
Honorary Research Fellow (Sociology)


Dr Camilla Lewis
Honorary Research Fellow


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

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


Professor David Morgan
Emeritus Professor of Sociology

View David Morgan's memorial page.


Dr Helen Norman
Honorary Research Fellow


Dr Tugba Aydin Ozturk
Honorary Research Fellow

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


Dr James Rhodes
Honorary Research Fellow


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, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences


Dr Djordje Sredanovic
Honorary Research Fellow


Dr Bram Vanhoutte
Honorary Research Fellow


Professor Alan Warde
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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


Prof Mark Western
Honorary Hallsworth Visiting Professor