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Professor Roger Burrows
Living by numbers? Metrics, algorithms and the sociology of everyday life.
In this, his inaugural lecture, Professor Roger Burrows examined the sociological implications of digital data deluges in two contexts: city life and academic labour.
ALLEYNE, Brian PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Activism and social movements, globalisation, information technologies, ethnicity, the use of biography and other forms of narrative in social research
BACK, Les BSc PhD (Professor)
Issues of racism and multiculture in urban contexts
BELL, Vikki BA PhD (Professor)
Ethics, socio-cultural aspects of transitional justice, aesthetics and the politics of art, especially in societies emerging from violent pasts and with particular interests in Argentina; Social theory, especially the impact of the thought of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt; feminist and ‘continental’ philosophy; theories of performativity, subjectivity and the politics of ‘race’, gender and sexuality.
BENSON, Michaela (Senior Lecturer)
Research interests: Rural and urban sociology, social class, lifestyle migration, production and consumption of space and place, migration and tourism, ethnographic methods
BURROWS, Roger, BSc, MSc (Professor & Pro-Warden in Interdisciplinary Development)
Urban sociology; social media; the social life of methods; and the public life of data
CAMPBELL, Kirsten BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) BLitt DPhil, PhD, Barrister and Solicitor (Victoria), (Senior Lecturer) (Principal Investigator, Gender of Justice, ERC)
Feminist and post-structuralist social theory, psychoanalytic theory and socio-legal studies.
COLEMAN, Rebecca (Senior Lecturer)
Images and visual/sensory culture; bodies and materiality; surfaces; temporality and the future; affect; inventive methodologies; feminist, cultural and social theory
DAY, Abby (Reader)
Sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, ethnicity, belief, culture, gender, generations, youth, research methods
DORLING, Danny (Visiting Professor)
The changing demographic, housing and medical geographies of Britain and further afield, concentrating on social and spatial inequalities to life chances and how these may be narrowed.
FARRIS, Sara (Lecturer)
sociological theory; political sociology; international migration, focusing on female migration and care-domestic work; feminist theory and gender studies; theories of migrants’ integration; nationalism and racism; political economy; Marxist theory
GABRYS, Jennifer (Senior Lecturer)
Science and technology studies, digital media, materiality, environments and environmental change, urbanism, creative practice, participation, inventive methods
GRECO, Monica BA MA PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Concepts of health, illness, therapeutics and/or healing in the context of different forms of medical rationality; concepts of life and vitalism; the body and the organism; social theory in relation to the ‘psy’ disciplines, emotions, subjectivity/selfhood and mental health; historical theory
GUGGENHEIM, Michael (Senior Lectuerer & Project Lead for ERC Starting Grant "Organising Disaster. Civil Protection and the Population".)
STS, visual, studies of expertise, architecture and the city, disasters
GUNARATNAM, Yasmin BSc MSc PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Corporeal vulnerability, care, and social research methodologies.
HALLIDAY, Paul MA PgDip Soc Sci AdvDip Film Dip Photojourn Dip Digital Media (Lecturer)
Professional photographer and film-maker with an interest in theoretical and practice-led visual ethnography
HIRSH, David BSc(Hons) MA PhD (Lecturer)
Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, international law, socio-legal studies, crimes against humanity, genocide, holocaust, 'war on terror', fundamentalism, Israel/Palestine, human rights
IMRIE, Rob (Professor)
Research Interests: urban governance and community development, the impact and implications of urban policy, the geographies of disability and the built environment
JUNGNICKEL, Kat BA MA PhD (Lecturer)
STS, visual culture, mobilities, material studies, DiY/ maker communities, urban studies, digital sociology, inventive methods
KANNGIESER, Anja (Lecturer)
Language and social reproduction; voice; contemporary social and political theory; labour organisation; surveillance and governance; geo-economics and geo-politics; logistics and supply chains; social movements; radio; sonic methods
KELLY, Aidan, BA MA (Senior Lecturer)
The application of quantitative methodologies in sociological and public policy research
KNOWLES, Caroline BSc PhD (Professor)
Race and ethnicity; migration; space and urban life; madness; visual studies and biographical methods
KRAUSE, Monika MSc PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Political sociology, sociological theory, sociology of culture, organizations, humanitarian relief
LOVEDAY, Vik PhD (Lecturer)
social class and working-class lives; gender; affect; social, critical and psychoanalytic theory, Butler and Benjamin; identity; memory and nostalgia; value; and the sociology of education
MARRES, Noortje MA PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Science and technology Studies, digital social research, participation, actor-network theory, environmental sociology, political theory, controversy analysis and issue mapping
MICHAEL, Mike BA PhD (Professor)
Public understanding of science; sociology of mundane technologies; sociology of biomedical innovation; sociology of everyday life; animals and society; materiality and sociality
MIRZA, Heidi (Professor)
MOTAMEDI-FRASER, Mariam PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Words; disciplinary practices; experience; archives; history/memory;
MURTHY, Dhiraj (Senior Lecturer)
Social Media, New Media, Organizations, Quantitative Sociology, Virtual Teams, Big Data, and Digital Methods
NASH, Kate BSc PhD (Professor)
Sociology of human rights; cultural politics; political sociology; citizenship; social movements; equality and diversity
NEYLAND, Daniel BA PhD (Professor)
Governance, accountability, ethics; ethnomethodology, science and technology studies; ethnography; markets, surveillance, security
ODIH, Pamela BSoc.Sc PhD (Senior Lecturer)
The significance of time/space to the regulation of subjects and construction of gendered subjectivity, with specific regards to consumption, advertising, organizational analysis and educational policy.
PUWAR, Nirmal BA MA PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Dynamics of space and bodies in relation to 'universal' speaking positions and the weight of the somatic norm within national as well as international mainstream and alter arenas
RHYS-TAYLOR, Alex BSc, MA, PhD, PGCert (Lecturer)
Cities, Globalization, Urban Regeneration, Multiculture, Class, Race, Racism, Food, Smell, Sensory Methods, Ethnography and Historical Sociology
ROSENGARTEN, Marsha BA, Grad Dip Communications, MA, PhD (Reader)
Sociological studies of biomedicine and biotechnology inclusive of feminist poststructural critiques of matter; HIV/AIDS, blood, organ and xenotransplantation, sexuality and theories of the body
RUPPERT, Evelyn PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Sociologies of data and governing, Big Data, social science methods, science and technology studies, population censuses, open government data, city objects
SASSATELLI, Monica PhD (Lecturer)
Cultural identity, European cultural policies (and cultural politics), the city (in Europe and global), leisure, landscape and place, experience, aesthetics, art worlds, festivals, culture industries, museums and exhibitions.
SIMONE, AbdouMaliq PhD (Visiting Professor)
Various territories, powers, cultural expressions, potentialities, governance and planning discourses, spaces and times in cities across the world
ST LOUIS, Brett BA MSc PhD (Senior Lecturer)
Conceptual and practical status of race, especially in relation to politics and ethics; black/postcolonial radical intellectualism; sociology of sport; sport, culture and aesthetics
TAMARI, Tomoko (Lecturer)
Japanese culture and society; consumer culture; women, department store and aestheticization; visual sociology; the body
TOSCANO, Alberto BA MA PhD (Reader in Critical Theory)
Contemporary social and political theory; Marxism, philosophy; political economy; history of ideas; art and aesthics
VENN, Couze (Visiting Professor)
Protocols for postcapitalist societies, the critique of neoliberalism, the development of a post-anthropocentric ontology, researching new approaches to cognition and the world-body-mind entanglement, rethinking affect, theorising the postcolony, genealogy as counter-history
SEIDLER, Victor Jeleniewski BA MPhil (Emeritus Professor)
Social theory and philosophy; Marxism and critical theory, moral theory, masculinity and sexual politics; the body and emotional life; ecology and social theory; holocaust and modernity; psychoanalysis and psychotherapy; identity and ethnicity; men and feminism; the sociology of knowledge; morality and social theory; equality and liberal theory
BAKER, Stephanie Alice
Cultural sociology; the sociology of emotions; crowd theory; digital studies; media culture and communication; historical sociology with particular emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome
Bodies and materiality; everyday life; sense of place; inventive methods
STS, more-than-humans, sensing, feminist and queer theories, citizen science, smart cities
Urban studies; ethnography; senses of place; social class
Childhood; design; learning; mobility; traffic; urban space
Social studies of finance, actor-network theory, finitism, currency derivatives, financial regulation
Feminist TechnoScience, Computational Aesthetics, STS, Creative Methods, DIY, Data Practices, Ethical Hacking, Feminist New Materialisms, More-than-humans, Animals, Ubiquitous Computing, Citizen Sensing, Art Practice
Environmental health, chronicity of disasters, uneventful harm, STS, exposure assessment, chemical aesthetics, rural ethnography, medical anthropology
"The combination of supportive staff, weekly workshops/seminars and being a lively and friendly environment makes Goldsmiths an ideal place to learn and develop."
"I have had many opportunities during my time here to work with colleagues on projects, conferences and publications both within the department and College and outside, even internationally."
I started my PhD as a part-time student at Goldsmiths, then moved to full-time status once I secured funding. My funding is a collaborative ESRC studentship, which means that I still have links with my former employer and can see ways that my research can be applied outside the academic environment. I think this is a strength of Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department, which feels to me to be very outward-looking and open to new ideas. Certainly I have had many opportunities during my time here to work with colleagues on projects, conferences and publications both within the department and College and outside, even internationally.
There have been many opportunities to try new things and test boundaries, which I really appreciate, and the large number of active research students really helps to counter the risk of isolation which sometimes comes with a research degree.
Richard has been at Goldsmiths for "quite a few years" (about 6!), having originally joined to do a Masters degree.
Francis, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster
MA in Gender, Media & Culture & PhD in Sociology graduate
"The teaching and support offered by the department was truly excellent."
Studying for the MA in Gender, Media & Culture at Goldsmiths has had a very profound and positive impact on my life, personally, politically and professionally. Having taken some gender studies classes as an undergraduate I was eager to develop my knowledge, and the range of options plus the opportunity for interdisciplinary study at Goldsmiths allowed me to do that. The teaching and support offered by the department was truly excellent, especially in terms of dissertation supervision. The work I did for that dissertation not only inspired me to get involved in feminist/queer cultural activism outside academia but also to pursue a PhD, which I completed at Goldsmiths in 2006.
Today I am a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster where I lead several Gender Studies modules and strive to pass on the enthusiasm for a critical understanding of gender I encountered at Goldsmiths to a new generation of students.
Goldsmiths Sociology has a long track record of funded research, with research funded by UK research councils, British Academy, European Union, and charities including Leverhulme, Wellcome and Joseph Rowntree. We are also in research collaboration with industry, local and national government and public bodies.
|Name||Title||Funding Body||Start Date||End Date|
|Evelyn Ruppert||Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS)||ERC Consolidator Grant||May-14||Apr-19|
|Alison Rooke||Curating Community||AHRC Research Grant||Feb-14||May-14|
|Alison Rooke||Creative Collisions and Critical Conversations||AHRC Research Grant||Feb-14||May-14|
|Yasmin Gunaratnam||“Go Home”: Mapping the unfolding controversy of Home Office Immigration Campaigns||ESRC Urgency Grants Mechanism||Nov-13||Mar-15|
|Anja Kanngieser||Creating worlds together||ESRC Festival of Science||Nov-13||Nov-13|
|Nirmal Puwar||War, Memory and the Art of Dialogue||ESRC Festival of Science||Nov-13||Nov-13|
|Monika Krause||Triaging Values||ESRC||Oct-13||Oct-16|
|Alison Rooke||Silver Stories||Leonardo Transfer of Innovation||Oct-13||Sept-15|
|Rob Imrie||Tagore, pedagogy and contemporary visual cultures||ESRC||Sept-13||Mar-14|
|Rob Imrie||Designing inclusive environments: shaping transitions from theory into practice||ESRC Seminar Series||Sept-13||Apr-14|
|Alison Rooke||In-Finite: Turning Social Media into a Creative Conversation||AHRC Creative Works Programme||Sept-13||May-14|
|Evelyn Ruppert||ARITHMUS: Counting Britain in Europe||British Academy||Sept-13||Aug-15|
|Beverley Skeggs||A Sociology of Values and Value||ESRC Fellowship||Sept-13||Aug-16|
|Alison Rooke||Community Impact Assessment||London & Quadrant Housing||2013|
|Evelyn Ruppert||Socialising Big Data||ESRC||Jun-13||May-14|
|Alison Rooke||Urban Biotopes/CUCR - Berlin-Johannesburg Research Collaboration||Urban Dialogues / EU Culture Scheme||Jan-13||Dec-15|
|Michaela Benson||Self-Building: the production and consumption of new homes from the perspective of households||ESRC||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Rebecca Coleman||Austerity Futures: Imagining and materialising the future in an age of austerity||ESRC Seminar Series||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Annie Pfingst||Emergency - a Genealogy of Emergency Regulations||British Academy||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Daniel Neyland||Market Based Initiatives As Solutions To Techo-Scientific Problems||ERC||Mar-13||Feb-18|
|Noortje Marres||Performing environmental change: The politics of methods||University of Oslo, CTIC||Sept-12||Aug-13|
|Jennifer Gabrys||Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice: Assessing Participatory Engagements with Enviroments through Sensor Technologies||ERC||Jan-13||Dec-17|
|Yasmin Gunaratnam||Case Stories: Social Pain and Transnational Dying||British Academy||Jan-13||Dec-13|
|Kirsten Campbell||The Gender of Justice: The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict||ERC||Jan-13||Dec-16|
|Caroline Knowles||What Calculations and Strategies Drive Young Migrants?||ERSC Hong Kong Bilateral||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Alison Rooke||Open Minds Evaluation||South London & Maudsley Health Trust||2012|
|Caroline Knowles||From Oil to Garbage: Navigating the Flip Flop Trail||Leverhulme Trust||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Alison Rooke||Future Stages Evaluation||Oval House Theatre||2012|
|Noortje Marres||Issue Lifelines: Implementing the Co-Word Machine||ESRC||May-12||Mar-13|
|Katrina Jungnickel||Biennial Conference, EASST 2012||Microsoft||2012||2012|
|Katrina Jungnickel||Transmission: Interdisciplinary research project involving the making, curating and representing of knowledge||Intel||Mar-13||Feb-14|
|Katrina Jungnickel||Transmission: Knowledge Exchange||ESRC / Intel||Jul-13||May-14|
|Roger Burrows, Caroline Knowles||Life in the 'Alpha Territory': London's 'Super Rich' Neighbourhoods||ESRC||Jan-13||Dec-14|
|Monika Krause||Triaging Human Rights: How Human Rights NGOs allocate resources||British Academy||Sept-13||Aug-16|
|Daniel Neyland||Automatic Data relevancy Discrimination for a PRIVacy-sensitive video surveillance||FP7||Mar-11||Feb-14|
|Les Back, Celia Lury, Robert Zimmer (Computing)||Real Time Research||ESRC / National Centre for Research Methods||Dec-11||Sept-12|
|Noortje Marres||Issue Mapping: Demonstrating the Relevance for Participatory Social Research||ESRC Digital Social Research Programme||Dec-11||Nov-12|
|Les Back||Shock and Awe: a hundred years of bombing from above||British Academy||Nov-11||Nov-11|
|Vikki Bell||UK-Latin America Link Programme||British Academy||Sept-11||Jun-12|
|Vikki Bell||Visual Art and Justice in Argentina (post 1983)||AHRC||Oct-11||Jun-12|
|Alison Rooke||Take Part Case Studies||ESRC||2011|
|Emma Uprichard||Food Matters||ESRC||May-11||Apr-12|
|Alison Rooke, Marj Mayo||Amicall Project||EU Integration Fund||Dec-10||Aug-12|
|Bill Gaver (Design), Jennifer Gabrys, Noortje MArres||Energy & Co-Designing Communities||RCUK||Jan-11||Jun-14|
|Nina Wakeford, Celia Lury, Sophie Day (Anthropology)||Materializing Number through Measure: Sensing, Knowing and Participating||Intel Foundation||Jan-11||Dec-13|
|Mike Michael||Sustainability Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-Designing Communities and Practice||Energy & Communities Collaborative Venture (ESRC/EPSRC)||Jan-11||Dec-13|
|Michael Guggenheim||Organising Disaster: Civil Protection and the Population||ERC||Jan-11||Dec-14|
|Alison Rooke, Imogen Slater||The Extending Creative Practice||Grundtvig Partnership||Oct-10||Aug-12|
|Kevin McDonald||Islamic Activism in Europe Today||Australian Research Council||Feb-10||Mar-12|
|Michael Guggenheim||“In the Event of …” Anticipatory and Participatory Politics of Emergency Provision||Vienna Science and Technology Funds||2010||2012|
|Alison Rooke||Signs of the City||EU Culture Fund||2009|
|Alison Rooke||3 year evaluation of Southwark Preventing Violent Extremism Programme||LB of Southwark||2009|
|Caroline Knowles||Translating Beijing||ESRC Bilateral||2008|
|Les Back||EU Margins||The 7th Framework Programme of the European Union||May-08||Apr-10|
|Alison Rooke||Serpentine Skills Exchange||Serpentine Gallery||Mar-09||Jul-11|
|Kevin McDonald||Violence and subjectivity in a global movement: jihadi trajectories in Spain and the United Kingdom||European Union, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship||Feb-08||Jan-10|
You'll develop advanced research training covering a wide range of qualitative and quantitative sociological methods, and an ability to develop advanced and extended forms of written argument and scholarly practice.
Possible careers cover:
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