Professor Imogen Tyler FAcSS

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

I am a social theorist and sociologist. My teaching and research is concerned with social inequalities (of multiple kinds), power, injustice and resistance.

In 2019, I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, an award granted by the Academy of Social Sciences to leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners of the social sciences.

A Philip Leverhulme Prize (2015-2019) is supporting my current research project on stigma and power. The major outcomes of this project are: a Sociological Review monograph 'The Sociology of Stigma' (2018); a single-authored book 'Stigma Machines' (Zed, 2019); a series of peer-reviewed journal articles; and a collaboration with the graphic artist Charlotte Bailey on a zine of my essay 'From Stigma Power to Black Power'.

I am currently developing two new research projects:

  • "Deportation Nation" examines the genealogy of "Hostile Environment" policies vis a vis citizenship and migration. Linked to this, from June 2019 I will be mentoring Wellcome Trust Research Fellow Dr Gwyenth Lonergan in her 3-year project on ‘Migrant Women's Experiences of Maternity Care’.
  • "After Austerity" considers the future of social provision in the context of the erosion of the post-WWII British Welfare State.

In 2017, Dr Tracey Jensen and I developed and taught a new final yr. UG course, Welfare States: Histories and Futures, which was awarded a faculty prize for student experience in 2018.

In 2014 I was awarded a Lancaster University Staff prize for 'Outstanding Research in the area of Social Inequalities'.

In 2010 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, the major outcome of which was the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013) which was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize for Radical Publishing.

Selected Publications Show all 90 publications

The hieroglyphics of the border: racial stigma in neoliberal Europe
Tyler, I.E. 15/06/2018 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 41, 10, p. 1783-1801. 19 p.
Journal article

Benefits broods: the cultural and political crafting of anti-welfare commonsense
Jensen, T., Tyler, I. 11/2015 In: Critical Social Policy. 35, 4, p. 470-491. 22 p.
Journal article

Classificatory struggles: class, culture and inequality in neoliberal times
Tyler, I. 05/2015 In: The Sociological Review. 63, 2, p. 493–511. 19 p.
Journal article

Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
Tyler, I. 11/01/2013 London : Zed Books. 253 p. ISBN: 9781848138513 .
Book

Immigrant protest: politics, aesthetics, and everyday dissent
Marciniak, K., Tyler, I. 11/2014 New York : SUNY Press. 320 p. ISBN: 9781438453118. Electronic ISBN: 9781438453125.
Book

The business of child detention: charitable co-option, migrant advocacy and activist outrage
Tyler, I., Gill, N., Conlon, D., Oeppen, C. 07/2014 In: Race and Class. 56, 1, p. 3-21. 19 p.
Journal article

Naked protest: the maternal politics of citizenship and revolt
Tyler, I. 25/04/2013 In: Citizenship Studies. 17, 2, p. 211-226. 16 p.
Journal article

Designed to fail : a biopolitics of British Citizenship.
Tyler, I. 02/2010 In: Citizenship Studies. 14, 1, p. 61-74. 14 p.
Journal article

Against abjection.
Tyler, I. 04/2009 In: Feminist Theory. 10, 1, p. 77-98. 22 p.
Journal article

"Chav Mum, Chav Scum" : class disgust in contemporary Britain.
Tyler, I. 03/2008 In: Feminist Media Studies. 8, 1, p. 17-34. 18 p.
Journal article

Immigrant Protest: An Introduction
Tyler, I., Marciniak, K. 25/04/2013 In: Citizenship Studies. 17, 2, 14 p.
Editorial

Celebrity chav : fame, femininity and social class.
Tyler, I., Bennett, B. 08/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 3, p. 375-393. 19 p.
Journal article

Welcome to Britain: The Cultural Politics of Asylum.
Tyler, I. 05/2006 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 9, 2, p. 185-202. 18 p.
Journal article

Networks of Asylum Advocacy: A Handbook of Ideas, Strategies and Best Practice for Asylum Support Groups in a Challenging Social and Economic Climate
Tyler, I. 2012 Exeter : Exeter University. 45 p.
Other report

Pregnant Beauty : maternal femininities under neoliberalism.
Tyler, I. 01/2011 In: New femininities : postfeminism, neoliberalism and identity. Palgrave 344 p. ISBN: 978-0230223349.
Chapter

Pramfaced Girls: the class politics of "Maternal TV"
Tyler, I. 2011 In: Reality Television and Class. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 210-224. 15 p. ISBN: 9781844573981 .
Chapter

Resituating Erving Goffman: From Stigma Power to Black Power
Tyler, I.E. 07/2018 In: The Sociological Review. 66, 4, p. 744-765. 22 p.
Journal article

From Revolting Subjects to Stigma Machines
Tyler, I.E. 10/08/2017
Other contribution

Lesbian brides: post-queer popular culture
McNicholas Smith, K.M., Tyler, I.E. 2/02/2017 In: Feminist Media Studies. 17, 3, p. 315-331. 17 p.
Journal article

Democratic Fascism
Tyler, I.E. 21/11/2016
Other contribution

80 years of war against workfare
Tyler, I.E. 14/09/2016 The Precariat, p. 24. 1 p.
Article

In a world of commonplace horrors, how do we talk about the refugee crisis?
Tyler, I.E., Loyd, J. 1/12/2015 Open Democracy
Article

Philip Leverhulme Prize: Sociology and Social Policy
01/09/2015 → 31/12/2018
Research

The Sociology of Stigma
25/03/2013 → …
Research

ESRC Seminar Series ‘Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention‘.
01/09/2012 → 31/12/2014
Other

Maternal Publics and Counter Publics
01/01/2011 → …
Other

Revolting Subjects : Marginalisation and Resistance
01/09/2010 → 23/03/2012
Research

FEC Code: for EAA7033 Making asylum seekers legible and visibl
01/07/2010 → …
Research

Making aslum seekers legible and visible
01/07/2010 → 31/12/2011
Research

FP7: EPOK
01/02/2009 → 30/04/2012
Research

2019 BSA Annual Conference
Invited talk

Stigma Machines Public Lecture York
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

ISA world Congress of Sociology
Participation in conference

Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission Launch Event
Other

Keynote: the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) and European SSSI International Conference
Invited talk

Stigma Machines: Public Lecture at the Centre for British Studies Humboldt Uni Berlin
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Undisciplining: Conversations from the Edges
Invited talk

Welfare Workshop: Welfare Imaginaries Seminar
Invited talk

Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Inequalities in the UK, Public Panel/Debate with Danny Dorling, Akwugo Emejulu, Imogen Tyler
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Panel Discussion for Fashion Revolution Week Lancaster
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology Birmingham University
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Panel Discussion on Inequalities at British Sociological Association conference 2018
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Stigma, Health, and Inequality: A Two-Day Workshop
Participation in conference

Stigma, Health, and Inequality: A Two-Day Workshop
Invited talk

Annual Conference for the German Association for the Study of British Culture
Invited talk

The Ferret, Scotland’s award-winning investigative journalism cooperative, is holding its Autumn media conference at Strathclyde University, bringing together some of the best and most innovative from the journalism community so we can learn from one another and shape the future of journalism in Scotland.
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Third international conference on cultural political economy conference 2017
Participation in conference

Stigma in Childhood
Participation in conference

Seminar Presentation
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Sociological Association Conference 2017
Participation in conference

Special session on Stigma: BSA Annual Conference
Participation in conference

BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference, University of Leeds, 6th-8th September, 2016.
Participation in conference

sociological review annual lecture
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Why is My Curriculum White? campaign launch, Lancaster University, 21st April, 2016
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Political Economy and Emotion: Into the Heart of State, Space and Power, Liverpool University, 11th April, 2016.
Participation in conference

Economy and Austerity, Liverpool University, 4th December, 2015.
Participation in conference

Workshop Refugee Mobilizations, Institut Für Protest, Berlin, 3rd Novembers, 2015.
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Public panel discussion on the topic of Austerity and Human Rights in Europe
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Disability. Austerity. Resistance
Participation in conference

LSE Gender Institute
Participation in conference

Warwick University
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Annual Social Theory Public Lecture Warwick University
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

A Public Conference on the Feminist Politics of Popular Culture part of a Lancaster City Wide Feminist Festival for International Women's Day 2015
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

getting with the programme: troubled families
Participation in conference

Sociological Review Annual Lecture
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions.
Participation in conference

‘Political Subjects’
Participation in conference

Revolting Subjects
Participation in conference

Departmental Seminar Series at the Department of Social Work and Social Care
Participation in conference

The Stigma Doctrine
Participation in conference

Assembly for Change
Participation in conference

"Does 'poverty porn' undermine the Welfare State?"
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

'The Neoliberal Refashioning of Citizenship’
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Centre for Applied Philosophy Politics and Ethics 9th Annual International, Interdisciplinary Conference
Participation in conference

What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English conference
Participation in conference

'What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English'
Participation in conference

ESRC Seminar Series Social Issues and Anxieties: Revisiting Moral Panics for the 21st Century
Participation in conference

Warwick University
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Radical Book Fair,
Participation in conference

LSE Gender Institute’s 20th anniversary conference, ‘The Presence of Gender’.
Participation in conference

Social Abjection
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

edinburgh university geography depatment seminar
Participation in conference

British Sociological Association Conference
Participation in conference

British Sociological Association
Participation in conference

Inclusion Scotland
Participation in conference

class: the elephant in the room
Participation in conference

Feminism and the Digital - researching spaces, communities and the media
Participation in conference

The Sociological Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand
Participation in conference

Migrant Resistance: Protests, Art, and Movements Transeuropa Festival 2013, Supported by Migrant Voice and Migrants’ Rights Network
Participation in conference

Symposium on Disgust
Participation in conference

Shimmering, Shining, Vomiting, Glitter: the politics and poetics of disgust
Participation in conference

‘Revolting Subjects’ Book Launch and talk
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Book Launch and talk, Edinburgh Radical Book Fair
Participation in conference

The Economics of Illegality
Invited talk

Univ Sussex, University of Sussex
Visiting an external academic institution

Symposium on Revolting Subjects (Lecture and PG workshop)
Participation in conference

Symposium on Revolting Subjects, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood & Youth and Centre for Gender Studies,
Invited talk

Manchester Metropolitan University, Educational Research Centre Seminar
Participation in conference

The Riots of the Underclass?: Stigmatisation, Mediation and the Government of Poverty and Disadvantage in Neoliberal Britain.
Invited talk

‘Mothering and the New Politics of Parenting’
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

‘Mothering and the New Politics of Parenting’ BSA Families and Relationship Study Group
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Sociological Society Event ‘Mothering and the New Politics of Parenting’,
Participation in conference

"Eviction and Occupation: The struggles of Irish Travellers in Britain." Youth, Community and Regeneration group.
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Talk ‘Eviction and Occupation: The Struggles of Irish Travellers in Britain.’
Invited talk

'Naked Protest: Maternal Politics and the Feminist Commons'
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

‘Naked Protest: Maternal Politics and the Feminist Commons': Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society
Invited talk

‘Different Subject, Diverse Strands: Diversity at the (Inter)discipline’
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

ESRC Seminar Series, Critical Diversities @ the Intersection: Policies, Practices, Perspectives
Participation in conference

FEMINIST SPACES AND FUTURES
Participation in conference

Forthcoming Feminisms: Gender Activism, Politics and Theories' British Sociological Association, Gender Study Group
Participation in conference

British Sociological Association, Gender Study Group
Participation in conference

Collisions, Coalitions and Riotous Subjects: The Riots one year on
Participation in conference

The International Migration Centre, Canadian Sociological Association, Canadian Association of Geographers, The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Participation in conference

The International Migration Centre, Canadian Sociological Association, Canadian Association of Geographers
Participation in conference

Leeds Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, Leeds University.
Participation in conference

‘Naked Protest.’ Gender Institute, Leeds University
Participation in conference

The Kids are Revolting. But why?
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

‘Immigrant Protest.’ Symposium on Immigrant Protest
Participation in conference

Immigrant Protest: Political Aesthetics
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

THE EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Participation in conference

Motherhood, Servitude, and the Delegation of Care
Participation in conference

Servitude and Motherhood.
Participation in conference

Disobedience Day
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Birthrites Exhibition
Participation in conference

Birth Rites
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Public Lecture: Private View: Public Birth
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Seminar paper Sociology Department LSE
Invited talk

Feminist Media Studies (Journal)
Editorial activity

Association of Consumer Research
Participation in conference

ACR Conference
Participation in conference

‘Abject Social Figures.’
Participation in conference

Immigrant Protest: Migrancy, Borders, Resistance Workshop
Participation in conference

Katarzyna Marciniak
Hosting an academic visitor

Sociological Research Online (Journal)
Editorial activity

‘Maternal Bodies and Identities in Contemporary Britain.’
Participation in conference

Maternal Bodies and Identities in Contemporary Britain
Invited talk

Immigrant Protest: The Ethics and Politics of Scholarship on Asylum in Britain
Invited talk

Mother Trouble
Participation in conference

Mother Trouble Conference
Participation in conference

Emotional Labour Centre for Gender and Womens Studies
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Studies in Maternal Journal Launch Birkbeck
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Journal Launch speech for Studies in the Maternal
Participation in conference

Representing the Maternal -- A speaker series presented by the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design to discuss representations of motherhood and related work/life issues.
Participation in conference

‘Maternal Publics (and Counter-Publics).’
Participation in conference

Public Lecture: Why the Maternal Now?
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Studies in The Maternal (Journal)
Editorial activity

European Journal of Cultural Studies (Journal)
Editorial activity

Going Cheap: Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres
Participation in conference

ERSC funded seminar on Motherhood, Markets and Consumption, Lancaster University
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

‘White Trash Aesthetics: The affectivity of social class.’
Participation in conference

ERSC funded seminar, Marketing Department,
Participation in conference

Seminar Series,Gender and Media Group
Invited talk

‘The Dawn Raid: Immigrant Protest.’ Lancaster University
Participation in conference

New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe-Living
Participation in conference

Interdisciplinary Institute (MISST), Manchester Metropolitan University
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

'Chav Scum: The filthy politics of social class.’
Participation in conference

Interrupting Maternal Voices: Between the Theoretical and Empirical, MAMSiE, Birbeck College, London
Participation in conference

‘Against Abjection.’
Participation in conference

New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe-Living programme, IAS, Lancaster University.
Participation in conference

New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe-Living
Participation in conference

‘The Biopolitics of Citizenship.’ New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe-Living,
Participation in conference

State, Violence and Subjectivities: Conversations with Prof. Veena Das, Lancaster University.
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Melancholic States International conference, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
Participation in conference

‘Performing the Border.’
Participation in conference

Emotion, Culture, Affect: Feminist Engagements, Goldsmiths College
Participation in conference

‘Chav Mum.’ Emotion, Culture, Affect: Feminist Engagements
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

(Un)Making Personhood
Participation in conference

‘The Lie of the Land: The Immigration Industry and the Economics of Melancholia.’ (Un)Making Personhood,
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Birth: The Cultural Politics of Reproduction International Conference, Lancaster University
Participation in conference

School
School Engagement

Maternal Bodies, Lancaster University
Participation in conference

Identity Matters
Participation in conference

Lauren Berlant
Hosting an academic visitor

Visual Culture and Motherhood
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

War, Terror, Spectacle, Lancaster University
Participation in conference

Power, Ethics and Feminism
Participation in conference

'The Culture of Narcissism.’ Power, Ethics and Feminism Conference,
Participation in conference

War and Media Conference, Lancaster University
Participation in conference

Bread and Roses Book Prize (shortlisted)
Prize (including medals and awards)

Bolton Institute of Higher Education Annual Prize for the Highest Undergraduate Degree Result
Prize (including medals and awards)

Philip Leverhulme Prize
Prize (including medals and awards)

Lancaster University Staff Award 2014: Outstanding Contribution to Research in Inequalities
Prize (including medals and awards)

Lancaster University Staff Award 'Outstanding Contribution' to research in Social Inequalities
Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty of Arts and Social Science: Outstanding Contribution to Student experience Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
  • Migrancy Research Group