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- mobilities research, design research, Science and Technology Studies (STS),
- art and inventive practice, studies of innovation and socio-technical change,
- ubiquitous computing, computer supported collaborative work, digital economy,
- crisis management, security, IT Ethics.
Methodologically, I am interested in ethnographic, ethnomethodological, STS approaches, mobile, inventive, experimental methods, participatory, collaborative, engaged research, especially informing social innovation, policy or design.
Please contact me to discuss topics for PhD research.
Embodiment and performance
Femininities, including queer and trans femininities
Gender and popular culture
Digital media and online cultures
I am happy to collaborate with students with any of the following research interests: cultural anthropology, digital culture, internet, television, journalism, social media, convergence, media industries, media activism, indigenous media, media policy, social justice movements, digital money, democracy, start-up culture, culture industries, critical theory, neoliberalism, ethnographic methods, experimental field methods, the public sphere, and video and television production.
I would be interested in supervising research students within the areas related to my research interests, for example: Citizenship and related including but not restricted to: cultural aspects of citizenship, sexual citizenship, intimate citizenship, citizenship and affect, or transnational citizenship; citizenship training or the like (e.g. citizenship curriculum in England; citizenship classes and ceremonies for immigrants), and so on. Migration and related aspects, including but not restricted to: migrant/diasporic/transnational lives; migration and national politics (policies, border controls, etc.), queer migrations, etc.. Multiculturalisms; 'race', racisms;
My main areas of research and supervisory interest are:
Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School (especially, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer)
Contemporary social and cultural theory (especially continental theory)
Visual culture (especially film and photography)
Metrropolitan and urban culture and theory
Sociology and literature
Autobiography, biography, history and memory
I am particularly interested in receiving applications to work in the following fields:
state theory, governance and governance failure, cultural political economy, contemporary capitalism (including varieties of capitalism and variegated capitalism) Applicants should be aware that I will be retiring from a full-time academic position in 2020 and, while I will be able to supervise existing students to completion after that date, applicants for 2016-2017 onwards will need a co-supervisor from within the Faculty to ensure continuity of supervision. I am willing to assist applicants in the search for suitable co-supervisors.
I have supervised 32 doctoral thesis on various topics, mainly in political economy - international and comparative political economy - but also in political and historical sociology. I am interested in the historical and comparative study of patterns of social inequality (including the allegedly old-fashioned class inequalities) - both on the local, national and international or transnational level. I have done a lot of work on the history and the recent developments of welfare states in Europe and in other parts of the world and I am still very much interested in comparative social policy, including transnational (as in EU-Europe) and international social policy.During the last years, my main focus has been on the world economy, on world trade and world finance, including the development and the crises of international financial markets and the international monetary system (or chaos) of the present dollar-standard.
As an economist by training, I have a strong interest in public finance, the development of the modern fiscal state and actual economic and fiscal policies on the national and international level. Fiscal sociology, at the interface of the sociology and the political economy of the modern state, is one of my special fields (an old tradition of mainly German and Italian origin). In my view, and regarding our recent experience, this approach is to be extended to a sociological study of the world of high finance, that is the international financial markets and their main actors.
I am also interested in area or area-related topics like continental Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia) or Asia (China, Japan, South-Korea) or Latin-America (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico). Incidentally, I have supervised theses with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Such area topics are, of course, very closely linked to actual issues of world economy and world politics.In this respect, I am strongly interested inthe environmental crises ofour times and in ecological policies ( I have done a lot of work on the forms and instruments of ecological policies in the past).
Last but not least, I have done a lot of work on some of the classics and the main theoretical traditions in the social sciences. So you could propose to me any topic related to Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and Pierre Bourdieu and the lines of thinking or the specialisations that begin with them (as, for instance, economic sociology). I am also very much interested in Marx, in Marxism and its history and in Marxology proper (I am a collaborator and co-editor of the MEGA, the Complete Works of Marx and Engels, the largest scientific edition project in the social sciences at this moment). The history and theory of social movements, old an new, has also been one of my major topics - including the history and the long term development of socialism in its various guises ( I am at the moment working on editions of hitherto unpublished work by socialist economists like Rosa Luxemburg, Natalia Moszkowska, Helene Bauer).Accordingly, I have supervised theses on projects of social reform (like basic income, or, more ambitious, economic democracy).
Technological and scientific cultures, social and cultural theory, media and cultural studies, especially in relation to new media, network cultures, critical design and post-genomic sciences.
Current and past PhD supervision:
Kingsley Dennis, 'New complexities: converging spaces of connectivity, communication, and collaboration' PhD, 2007 (co-supervised with J. Urry, Sociology)
Soren Mork Petersen, 'Common Banality: The Affective Character of Photo Sharing, Everyday Life and Produsage Cultures' PhD 2008 (co-supervised with T. L. Taylor, ITU Copenhagen)
Daniel Ashton, ' The industry of creativity: Economic frames, creative subjects and innovative technologies in process' PhD, 2009 (co-supervised with G. Gere, Institute for Cultural Research)
Kuo Wen-Ping, 'The production and consumption practices of online journalism in digital Taiwan' PhD 2009 (co-supervised with A. Cronin, Sociology)
Deidre Leahy, ' The epileptic as experimental subject'(co-supervised with P. Palladino, History)
Laura Houston, ' Inventive infrastructures - an exploration of mobile phone 'repair' cultures in Uganda' (co-supervised with L. Suchman, Sociology)
Charalampia Kerasidou, 'Ambient computing' (co-supervised with L. Suchman, Sociology)
As ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Lancaster pathway lead for social work I am happy to take students with a serious interest in taking the social work and social care practice knowledge base further particular on an international and/or comparative level. In addition I have strong research interests in child protection (especially in the development and application of new technologies) and also gambling, criminal careers, resilience and vulnerability.
Topics I would be interested in supervising include:
science, technology and medicine studies - in particular studies of clinical practice, learning and evidence telecare and domestic space; governance and ethics of new care technologies; evidence in action studies; lay ethnographies of technoscience; disaster and recovery studies; disease containment strategy - in particular zoonoses
I am interested in a number of research areas, mostly focusing on issues relating to health, embodiment, sexuality, reproduction and biology.
I have co-supervised 10 PhD students to completion to date and all have passed with no or minor amendments:
- Lin Wen-Yuan (2005) who worked on kidney dialysis in Taiwan;
- Kaori Sasaki (2006) who worked on brain death and organ transplantation in Japan;
- Ranjini C.R. (2006) who worked on health information systems in southern India
- Anne Rudolph (2009) whose thesis focussed on young lesbian, bi-sexual and queer women's understandings of sexually transmitted infections;
- Clare Hollowell (2010) who studied young women's experiences of fun; and
-Shih, Li-Wen (2012) whose research focussed on prenatal testing and screening in Taiwan.
-Brigit Morris-Colton (2014) who studied an arts for mental health service, focussing on the concept of recovery.Kate McNicolas-Smith, who is working on lesbians on television (ESRC-funded)- Kate McNicholas-Smith (2015) who analysed lesbians on television in the post-queer age
- Oscar Maldonado (2015), whose work focuses on the HPV vaccine in Colombia
- Rebecca Fox (2015) who worked on women with learning disabilities living in secure accomodation (ESRC-funded)
I have 6 current students:
1. Alison Hanbury, studying the HPV vaccine in the UK, as part of the Prescriptive Prescriptions (ERC) project
2. Joann Wilkinson, studying reproductive biosensors as part of the 'Making sense of biosensors' project, funded by Intel
3. Lucy Ryan, studying adopters' views and experiences of parenting (self-funded)
4. Cron Cronshaw, who is working on young trans people's autobiographies (ESRC funded)
5. Theresa Atkinson, who is researching telecare for older people, building on our EFFORT project on telecare (ESRC funded)
6. Nicola Sugden, working on Donald Winnicott and child & adolescent mental health services (ESRC CASE Award, based at Manchester University).
All of these are empirical research projects, using methods such as participant observation, interviewing, focus groups and textual analysis.
I am deeply interested in feminist and social theory and am an editor of a leading feminist journal, Feminist Theory. I am very keen to work with postgraduate students on these themes relating to feminist theory, embodiment and sexuality, either in Sociology or Women's Studies. Prospective students should feel free to contact me by email to discuss the possibility of studying at Lancaster.
Political economy, moral economy, normativity and ethics in everyday life, inequality, employment and organisational life, climate change, social theory and the philosophy of social science. Postdisciplinary proposals particularly welcome!
I am keen to supervise empirical and theoretical research relating to any of the above topics, preferably pursued in a post-disciplinary manner, and having some concern for the implications for human well-being! There may be possibilities for co-supervision not only with colleagues in Sociology, but also colleagues in other departments with complementary interests. In the past I have co-supervised with colleagues in Linguistics, and I have also had links with human geography, philosophy and politics in the past. I also welcome visiting research students who are doing PhDs elsewhere but want to spend a term or two in Lancaster with some supervision from me. Please email me if you'd like to discuss research possibilities.
Research students welcome on topics relating to social theories of practice; infrastructures and institutions of everyday consumption, climate change and issues of energy and water demand; design, materiality, technology studies and research policy.
I welcome research students and have supervised 15 students researching in a range of substantive areas including; Caesarean section and women's right to choose, Surgical construction and treatment of obesity, Schizophrenia and psychiatric care, Young women, sexuality and Christian traditions. I am interested in and have expertise in qualitative research including participant observation, interviews, and textual analysis in the form of detailed case studies. In particular I am interested in research that seeks to articulate and to appreciate the work of practice of programmes, policies, interventions, systems and guidelines.
I have supervised doctoral research in areas ranging from health and citizenship, biobanking and human tissue collections, enhancement and biomedicalization, and identity-formation in the context of genetic knowledge.
I currently supervise four students:
Lee Wan-Ju whose thesis was on the Taiwanese biobank with reference to the political economy of the life sciences (with Brian Wynne, Department of Sociology). Wan Ju successfully passed her viva in June 2015 :)
Sadaf Noor who is researching the provision of life support facilities in the Bangladeshi hospital sector (with Dawn Goodwin, Division of Medicine)
Anna Portman who is investigating the scientific and social dynamics of the bicentennial celebrations of Charles Darwin's birth in 2009 (with Bronislaw Szerszynski, Department of Sociology)
Tania Pastrana who is conducting an ethnography of a palliative care unit (with Dawn Goodwin, Division of Medicine).
I would welcome opportunities to supervise future doctoral students interested in working from a science studies or sociological perspective on biomedicine or health sciences, practices and technologies, or the sociology of the future.
I welcome applications from prospective students in all areas of my research, including:
Environment-society relations, especially using the theoretical resources of Science and Technology Studies (STS);
The making of environmental knowledge;
The politics of environmental knowledge;
Environmental knowledge, policy and collective politics;
STS and the making and politics of databases;
Social studies of classifications;
Knowledge, practices and biodiversity;
Barcoding of Life (BOLI) and shifting cultures of taxonomy;
I have supervised to completion a number of PhD students on various topics, including: child protection in Australia; adoption and fostering by lesbian and gay people; accounts of child sexual abuse; lesbian well-being; listening to looked after children..
I am also a very experienced PhD examiner, having examined, either internally or externally, around 20 theses in the fields of: feminist & women's studies, applied sociology; social work, and; research methodology.