Future-forming interdisciplinary research

A Warm Welcome to the New ISF Fellows 2018-19!


The new cohort of ISF Fellows has just been announced for the academic year 2018-19. We would like to welcome them to the Institute and look forward to sharing new ideas and interdisciplinary social futures thinking with them in the forthcoming year. The Fellows are drawn from across Lancaster University campus from a wide range of faculties and departments. A brief introduction to their work is below. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow of the ISF in the future, get in touch with us at isf@lancaster.ac.uk


Megan Blakely

Megan’s work exists in the interdisciplinary penumbra of intellectual property law, technology policy, and cultural heritage; she lectures in the Law School. Her current research broadly concerns contemporary issues in copyright, such as user perceptions of ownership in virtual worlds, legal and cultural impacts of digitisation, and commoditisation of subcultures.


Sarah Brearley

Sarah is passionate about improving the experiences of people with life limiting illness, and their caregivers, in the last years, months and days of life. Her research focuses on the experiences of care and symptoms, particularly for those who may experience health inequalities such as people with learning disabilities. In addition she is engaged in developing teaching and learning excellence, and co-leads Lancaster University’s Teach-Learn-Share; a new joint LUMs-FHM initiative for sharing good practice and practical innovations around teaching and learning http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/teachlearnshare/

Mark Hurst

Mark’s research focuses on the contemporary history of human rights, political dissent, and activism. He is interested in the interplay between expertise, political influence, and the construction of morality, and is currently working on a history of Amnesty International.

Linda O’Keefe

Linda’s current research explores the impact of renewable energy infrastructures on the community soundscapes of Northern Spain and Northern England, and the new urban soundscapes of Sunway, Malaysia. She has developed innovative listening methodologies that include sound walking/mapping and performance within and alongside communities.

Mark Rouncefield

Mark Rouncefield is an ethnographer studying ‘users’ and ‘technology’, since, as Casey suggests (in ‘Set Phasers on Stun and other True Tales of Design’): ‘New Technologies will succeed or fail based on our ability to minimise the incompatabilities between the characteristics of people and the characteristics of the things we create and use’.

Andy Tate

Andrew Tate is Reader in Literature, Religion and Aesthetics. His work focuses on the intersections between spirituality, theory and theology. His most recent book is Apocalyptic Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2018). He is currently working on future-oriented fiction and graphic narratives, with a particular focus on environmental crisis.

David Tyfield

David’s research focuses on the interaction of political economy, mobilities and socio-technical change in the context of global environmental change, with a particular focus on China and its growing global influence. He is currently exploring how China’s project of ‘ecological civilization’ is shaping cities along the New Silk Roads.

Johnny Unger

Johnny is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language. He researches at the intersection of language, politics and digital media, which he investigates using critical discourse studies. He is particularly interested how social media are used for protest and resistance, and in constructions of national identity.

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