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Alan Beattie, CeMoRe


Sarah BecklakeSarah Becklake, Lancaster University

My research looks at 'global tourism competition'. More specifically, I am interested in how tourism destinations' competitive strategies to attract and satisfy global tourists (e.g. through marketing destination images, building new niche forms of tourism, the ‘quality management' of service experiences, and price competition) are imagined, understood, experienced, interpreted, challenged, and utilized by tourism stakeholders and (in)formal tourism workers.

Ibrar BhattIbrar Bhatt, Dept of Educational Researach, Lancaster University, UK

My work has implications for important contemporary issues including: policy and practice in digital literacy and learning, new and ‘agile' methods of digital ethnography, and the dynamics of knowledge production in contemporary Higher Education.

My ESRC funded PhD study (University of Leeds), investigated the impact of cyberspace and digital media on the literacy practices of adult learners during the writing of their course assignments. I conducted fieldwork informed by ethnography and ethnomethodology, using the latest advancements in digital methods. See video abstract.

Joe DevilleJoe Deville, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

Joe Deville will shortly be taking up a position as Lecturer in Mobile Work at Lancaster University, based jointly in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology and the Department of Sociology. He is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, an Associate Editor at Journal of Cultural Economy, co-founder of the Charisma Network, and an editor of the Open Access book publisher, Mattering Press. He has published widely on subjects ranging from consumer credit lending and the everyday life of debt default, to the technologies and practices of the debt collection industry, to the material politics of disaster preparedness. His first monograph, Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect was published by Routledge in early 2015.

Ariane Fernandes da Conceição, CeMoRe, Lancaster University and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul


My PhD is on innovations that ICTs can provide in rural areas and the changes occurring in these societies. I'm currently visiting CeMoRe where the mobility society concept will help me to understand the changes in the countryside.

Peter Fuzesi, Lancaster University


After completing a Bachelor Degree in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, I started a combined Master and PhD program, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council at Lancaster University. My research project examines the configuration of users in assistive technology development. Currently I am in my second year, undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in an academic research institute to explore how discourses and networked interdisciplinary work practices intersect with issues of embodiment and corporeal difference. I draw both on disability studies, medical sociology and social studies of science and technology to understand the situated practices that enable the movement and circulation of bodies, standards and technologies.

Allison HuiAllison Hui, DEMAND, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

My research is driven by a curiosity about changes in everyday life in the context of global mobilities of people, objects, and resources. I'm particularly interested in using theories of social practice to understand the dynamics of heterogeneous mobilities, and have studied cases of leisure, tourism, new media art and return migration. As a part of the DEMAND Centre, I work on projects looking at infrastructural adaptations and conceptualizing energy use in everyday life. I also have an interest in developing creative methodological and engagement tools for diverse communities, and will be contributing to this aspect of DEMAND's work.

Malé Luján Escalante, The Creative Exchange, Lancaster University, UK
Born in Venezuela and adopted by England 12 years ago, I graduated from Universidad Central de Venezuela in History of Art and Cultural Studies. In parallel I developed my Art Practice studying Painting, Installation, and Contemporary Art in different art schools in Caracas and London.

My PhD is on Materialities and In-materialities of Digital Public Space. I am interested in the phenomenological interrogation of creative practices in the context of the physical-digital hybridity that digital tools propose. I am looking specifically at the aesthetic forms and creative opportunities emerging in tension between public and private, space and place, memory and time, matter and meaning, fiction and reality: how we understand and imagine ourselves in the digital culture. I use cultural phenomenology, feminist techno science, art speculations, art collaboration and co-design approaches in my attempts to answer creatively to questions of philosophical underpinnings.


Katrina PetersenKatrina Petersen, Mobilities.Lab, Lancaster University, UK

Katrina Petersen received her PhD in 2014 from University of California, San Diego in Communication and Science Studies. Her main research has been on disaster maps as communication tools, examining how knowledge of a disaster and risk is connected to what goes into visually representing them. She is especially interested in why some representations encourage shared understandings shared between groups while others impede collaboration. She also volunteers for the San Diego Red Cross as a disaster mapper, helping them design a new system for collaborating, via maps, during disasters. Before pursuing her PhD, she worked for almost 10 years in science museum education and exhibits. Her BA is in Geology and her MSc is in Science and Technology Studies.

Cosmin PopanCosmin Popan, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University


Cosmin researches bicycle tourism for the Liveable Cities research project. He is interested in how different cycling practices outside the city (for leisure or for sport) can shape a system of everyday cycling mobility successfully challenge the dominant car mobility in the cities.
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Joel PorterJoel Porter, The Creative Exchange, Lancaster University, UK

Joel is a practitioner and researcher with background in photography technology, specialized in creative uses of integrating photography and interactive technologies. As a practitioner he has participated in a number of international festivals, TodaysArt (Netherlands) FutureEverything (UK), Mai de la Photo (France). His current PhD research explores fears and perceptions of collective shared public data.

Before joining the Creative Exchange he studied Media Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University within MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) after studying Photography at West Surrey College of Art and Design.

Katerina PsarikidouKaterina Psarikidou, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

Katerina Psarikidou is Research Associate at the Department of Sociology of Lancaster University. Based at the Centre for Mobilities Research, she is currently working for the EPSRC Liveable Cities project ( researching mobility innovation for low-carbon cities. Drawing on science and technology studies, transition and innovation theories, urban studies and mobilities research, she examines different types and patterns of (im)mobilities who amelioration or intensification can contribute to, or provide inspiration for, re-designing current cityscapes. In the past, she also worked for other research projects including the EC FP7 FAAN (‘Facilitating Alternative Agro-food Networks: stakeholders perspectives on research needs’) and FP6 PAGANINI (‘Participatory Governance and Institutional Innovation’) projects which shaped her research interests in the areas of sociology of scientific knowledge, organisation and innovation studies, urban and rural sociology, sociology and political economy of agriculture, food and the environment.  

Jen SouthernJen Southern, Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, UK

Jen Southern is an artist and Lecturer in LICA at Lancaster University, where she is affiliated to the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) and mobilities lab. Her recent fieldwork has taken her out walking with ramblers groups and footpath societies, on a flight with a flying instructor, and to meet a researcher who uses GPS to track reindeer. Her art practice is collaborative, process based and participatory, working with audiences to explore movement and sense of place through mobile technologies and locative media. She works across the disciplines of participatory art, sociology and mobile application design, and has contributed to international projects and workshops funded by NESTA, BBC, Arts Council England and Sagasnet.

Sam ThulinSam Thulin, Mobilities.lab, Lancaster University, UK
Sam Thulin will be joining the mobilities.lab in Lancaster as a post-doc for two years from January 2015. Sam is currently completing his PhD at the Mobile Media Lab at Concordia University in Montreal with Kim Sawchuk and Owen Chapman. Sam has secured funding from SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada). To carry out research on Situated sound composition in the context of mobile media: “Building on my doctoral thesis, the focus of my research will be the ways in which people use mobile technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, as devices for sound production, ranging from recording sounds to creating documentary or musical pieces on-the-go. The concept I am calling “situated composition” is intended to draw attention to these emerging practices while at the same time highlighting the ways in which sonic and social space are both composed and composing forces. “Situated composition” operates not only as a description of a set of practices (creating sound works with mobile technology), but also as an original theoretical contribution I intend to develop over the course of this research.”

John UrryJohn Urry, Centre for Mobilties Research, Lancaster University

John Urry has worked at Lancaster since completing degrees in Cambridge. He is a former Head of the Sociology Department, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and University Dean of Research. Since 2003 he has been Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, now one of four Lancaster University Research Centres. In this role he helped to develop the ‘new mobilities paradigm' for social science research. Other research interests are in the social science implications of climate change and ‘peak oil', energy and society and complexity theory in social science.

Becky WillisBecky Willis, Independent Researcher, UK




Lisa WoodLisa Wood, CeMoRe and Faculty of Health & Medicine, Lancaster University, UK

Lisa Wood is a lecturer in Social Sciences at Lancaster Medical School. Her research focusses on technologically mediated practices drawing on Science and Technology Studies, Organisation Studies and Feminist Technoscience. She is interested in how practitioners generate knowledge, more recently looking at practices 'on the move' feeding into interests in knowledge production, accountability, responsibility and autonomy in practice. She is on Twitter @DrLisaWood

Dennis ZuevDennis Zuev, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

Dennis Zuev graduated from the Krasnoyarsk State University, Russia and received his PhD in sociology of culture from Altay State University, Russia in 2004. He had taught Chinese Studies and Media Studies in Siberian Federal University and Visual Sociology in Graz University.   Currently he is an Associate Researcher at Sociology Department, Lancaster University working on a project "Low-carbon mobilities in China" and Researcher at Center for research and Studies in Sociology, Lisbon, Portugal. He has been involved in two other research projects – Conditions and Limitations of Lifestyle Plurality in Siberia, funded by Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany and  'Selfing': Contact, Magic and the Constitution of Personhood funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal. In both projects his research focus is on the changing habits of traveling. Dennis Zuev is a co-founder and Vice-president (Research) of Thematic Group 05 “Visual Sociology” in International Sociological Association. Together with R.Nathansohn he has published a book “Sociology of the Visual Sphere”.


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