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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), (Reader) (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
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 (Reader)
Science and technology studies, digital media, materiality, environments and environmental change, urbanism, creative practice, participation, inventive methods
GRECO, Monica BA MA PhD (Reader)
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 (Reader)
Words; disciplinary practices; experience; archives; history/memory;
MURTHY, Dhiraj (Reader)
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 (Reader)
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 (Professor)
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 (Professor)
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.
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
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
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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
STS, sociology of markets, international politics, development aid
Urban studies; ethnography; senses of place; social class
Email: Gender of Justice
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
Science and Technology Studies; Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health and Illness; Political Economy; Gender and Sexuality; with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS, medicines and intellectual property
"I used to work full-time, 9 to 5, in Peckham Jobcentre Plus, and had done this for a few years, until my son was born: this gave me a chance to re-think my daily routine, and consider the important things in life. So I decided to enrol in a part-time MA in Photography and Urban Cultures, which could both upgrade my photographic skills and make me see life around me in a more meaningful way.
After that, at my own pace, I decided to continue the studies and enrolled on a part-time PhD in Visual Sociology. What I most like about it are the supportive environment, the feeling that you are valued as an individual, and the mix of tools, both theoretical and practical, that have been proposed to me. There is a sense of being part of a lively community of learning and of contributing to a fruitful research enterprise."
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|
|Marsha Rosengarten & Martin Savransky||Towards a Concept of Situated Efficacy: An Alternative Mode for Collboration between Social Science and Biomedicine||BA Leverhulme Small Grant||Apr-14||Mar-15|
|Anja Kanngieser||Sounding Geography: Piloting a method for understanding how we experience our sound worlds||BA Leverhulme Small Grant||Apr-14||Mar-15|
|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|
|Sara Farris||Intersectional Contract. Understanding the Intersection of Gender and “Race”/Ethnic Inequalities in the Care-Domestic Sector in the UK by Means of Racial-Sexual Contract Analysis||Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship||Oct-13||Sept-15|
|Rob Imrie||Unidesign||ERC Advanced Investigator Grant||Sept-13||Aug-16|
|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|
|Monika Krause||Triaging Human Rights: How Human Rights NGOs allocate resources||British Academy||Sept-13||Aug-16|
|Alison Rooke||Community Impact Assessment||London & Quadrant Housing||2013|
|Katrina Jungnickel||Transmission: Knowledge Exchange||ESRC / Intel||Jul-13||May-14|
|Evelyn Ruppert||Socialising Big Data||ESRC||Jun-13||May-14|
|Daniel Neyland||Market Based Initiatives As Solutions To Techo-Scientific Problems||ERC||Mar-13||Feb-18|
|Katrina Jungnickel||Transmission: Interdisciplinary research project involving the making, curating and representing of knowledge||Intel||Mar-13||Feb-14|
|Alison Rooke||Urban Biotopes/CUCR - Berlin-Johannesburg Research Collaboration||Urban Dialogues / EU Culture Scheme||Jan-13||Dec-15|
|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|
|Roger Burrows, Caroline Knowles||Life in the 'Alpha Territory': London's 'Super Rich' Neighbourhoods||ESRC||Jan-13||Dec-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|
|Caroline Knowles||What Calculations and Strategies Drive Young Migrants?||ERSC Hong Kong Bilateral||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Michaela Benson||Self-Building: the production and consumption of new homes from the perspective of households||ESRC||Oct-12||Sept-15|
|Rebecca Coleman||Austerity Futures: Imagining and materialising the future in an age of austerity||ESRC Seminar Series||Oct-12||Sept-14|
|Noortje Marres||Performing environmental change: The politics of methods||University of Oslo, CTIC||Sept-12||Aug-13|
|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|
|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||Visual Art and Justice in Argentina (post 1983)||AHRC||Oct-11||Jun-12|
|Vikki Bell||UK-Latin America Link Programme||British Academy||Sept-11||Jun-12|
|Alison Rooke||Take Part Case Studies||ESRC||2011|
|Emma Uprichard||Food Matters||ESRC||May-11||Apr-12|
|Daniel Neyland||Automatic Data relevancy Discrimination for a PRIVacy-sensitive video surveillance||FP7||Mar-11||Feb-14|
|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, Marj Mayo||Amicall Project||EU Integration Fund||Dec-10||Aug-12|
|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|
|Alison Rooke||Serpentine Skills Exchange||Serpentine Gallery||Mar-09||Jul-11|
|Caroline Knowles||Translating Beijing||ESRC Bilateral||2008|
|Les Back||EU Margins||The 7th Framework Programme of the European Union||May-08||Apr-10|
|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|
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