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Dr Stanley Blue

Dr Stanley Blue

I would be happy to work with students whose projects relate to my research interests, including work on theories of practice, time, space, rhythm, materiality, embodiment, habit, consumption, demand, mobility, energy, travel, public health, smoking, obesity, and exercise.

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Professor Monika Buscher

Professor Monika Buscher

I am interested in working with PhD candidates in the areas of sociology, media studies, mobilities research, science and technology studies and have particular research interests in: mobilities, mobile technology, mobile media science, technology, responsible research and innovation, digital media and online cultures design, art, creativity disaster, crisis, security.

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Dr Anne Cronin

Dr Anne Cronin

I am available to supervise PhD projects in the areas of: advertising, public relations and branding; consumption and consumer society; media and culture; friendship and sociality; gender and culture; and media and cultural theory.

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Dr Joe Deville

Dr Joe Deville

I am looking to supervise students interested in the intersections between some of the following areas: economic sociology, science and technology studies, non-representational/affect theory, consumption/consumer behaviour, data proliferation/informational mobilities, digital methods, debt/credit/money, and open access publishing.

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Dr Bulent Diken

Dr Bulent Diken

I am willing to supervise PhD projects on social and political theory, the city, the sociology of art (especially cinema), and security and terror. In the past I have supervised to completion PhD projects on urban sociology, the sociology of sense, globalization, ethics and morality, migration, cinema and critical sociology.

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Dr Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia

Dr Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia

I am happy to supervise PhD students interested in the intersections between any of the following: urban sociology; critical, comparative or transnational housing studies; feminist geopolitics; critical race, gender and postcolonial theory; emotions and home; urban mobility/immobility; co-design; and mixed, collaborative or experimental methodologies.

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Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann

Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann

I am interested in supervising students with interests in social demography, family sociology, gender, and health disparities. My research interests focus broadly on maternal, child, and reproductive health, including the measurement and social consequences of infertility, gender disparities in child health and feeding practices, and risk factors for maternal malnutrition. Proposals within these broad areas would be welcomed. Much of my work focuses on low-and-middle-income countries, but I am open to supervising theses in other settings as well.

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Dr Graeme Gilloch

Dr Graeme Gilloch

My main areas of research and supervisory interest are: critical theory and the Frankfurt School (especially Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer), contemporary social and cultural theory (especially continental theory), visual culture (especially film and photography), metropolitan and urban culture and theory, sociology and literature, autobiography, biography, history and memory, and Holocaust studies.

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Dr Yang Hu

Dr Yang Hu

I would be happy to work with students in (the intersection of) the following areas: sociology of families (marriage and intimate relationships, intergenerational relations, child development, and gender), regional and international migration, race and ethnicity, globalisation and transnationalisation, East Asian societies, and research methodology.

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Dr Allison Hui

Dr Allison Hui

I would be happy to work with students whose projects relate to my areas of interest, including everyday life; mobilities (including tourism, transport, migration, global networks and circulation); theories of practice; consumption; material objects, cultures and networks; and infrastructures and dynamics of energy demand.

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Professor Andrew Sayer

Professor Andrew Sayer

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, 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, or post-docs wanting some mentoring. Please e-mail me if you'd like to discuss research possibilities.

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Professor Elizabeth Shove

Professor Elizabeth Shove

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.

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Dr Nicola Spurling

Dr Nicola Spurling

I am looking to supervise students interested in a range of areas including: studies of working lives, daily lives, everyday mobility and how they change. The role of infrastructures and materials in social change. Theories of social practice, sociology of time, sociology of the future. Histories of planning. Garden cities and new towns. Everyday futures, energy and transport demand.

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Dr Bron Szerszynski

Dr Bron Szerszynski

I welcome PhD applications in my areas of research of environment, technology and culture. Applicants should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, well-organised and have a strong academic track record.

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