Roger Burrows

Position held:
Professor of Sociology & Pro-Warden in Interdisciplinary Development

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Roger Burrows joined Goldsmiths in 2012 from the Department of Sociology at the University of York. Prior to York he had worked at the University of Teesside, the University of Surrey, LSE and, what is now, the University of East London. His background is in sociology, social policy and urban studies. He is a methodological pluralist but has made extensive use of quantitative methods in his work. He was the coordinator of the ESRC e-Society Research programme between 2005-2008.

Academic qualifications

Elected, Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences (AcSS) (from 2011-)

MSc Social Research Methods, University of Surrey, 1984

BSc Economics, Sociology and Statistics, University of Surrey, 1983


He contributes to teaching in sociological research methods, digital sociology and urban sociology.

Areas of supervision

He has supervised 13 students to completion of their PhDs. He is particularly interested in working with research students on empirical projects in the areas of: housing and urban studies; social media and social informatics; and social and cultural geography. He is also keen to supervise students on any topic that involves the use of the secondary analysis of large-scale data sets, visualization methodologies or the analysis of transactional data.

Research interests

His current research interests are in: urban sociology; social media; the social life of methods; and the public life of data. He is currently developing specific projects on: Metrics, Software and Algorithmic Power in the Contemporary Academy; the Sociology of the Super-Rich ‘Communities’ in London; and Mobility, Globalization and Belonging in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 120 articles, chapters, books and reports.

Selected publications

Number of items: 15.


Knowles, Caroline and Burrows, Roger. 2014. The impact of impact. Etnográfica , 18(2), pp. 237-254. ISSN 0873-6561 [Article]

Burrows, Roger. 2012. Living with the h-index? Metric assemblages in the contemporary academy. The Sociological Review, 60(2), pp. 355-372. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Penfold-Mounce, Ruth, Beer, David and Burrows, Roger. 2011. The Wire as Social Science-fiction? Sociology, 45(1), pp. 152-167. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

Beer, D. and Burrows, Roger. 2010. Consumption, Prosumption and Participatory Web Cultures: An introduction. Journal of Consumer Culture, 10(1), pp. 3-12. ISSN 1469-5405 [Article]

Nettleton, S., Woods, B., Burrows, Roger and Kerr, A.. 2010. Experiencing Food Allergy and Food Intolerance: An Analysis of Lay Accounts. Sociology, 44(2), pp. 289-305. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

Nettleton, S., Woods, B., Burrows, Roger and Kerr, A.. 2009. Food allergy and food intolerance: towards a sociological agenda. Health:, 13(6), pp. 647-664. ISSN 1363-4593 [Article]

Uprichard, Emma, Burrows, Roger and Parker, Simon. 2009. Geodemographic code and the production of space. Environment and Planning A, 41(12), pp. 2823-2835. ISSN 0308-518X [Article]

Savage, M. and Burrows, Roger. 2009. Some Further Reflections on the Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology. Sociology, 43(4), pp. 762-772. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

Nettleton, Sarah, Burrows, Roger and Watt, Ian. 2008. How do You Feel Doctor? An Analysis of Emotional Aspects of Routine Professional Medical Work. Social Theory & Health, 6(1), pp. 18-36. ISSN 1477-8211 [Article]

Uprichard, E., Burrows, Roger and Byrne, D.. 2008. SPSS as an ‘inscription device’: from causality to description? The Sociological Review, 56(4), pp. 606-622. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Uprichard, Emma, Burrows, Roger and Byrne, David. 2008. SPSS as an ‘inscription device’: from causality to description? The Sociological Review, 56(4), pp. 606-622. ISSN 00380261 [Article]

Watt, I., Nettleton, S. and Burrows, Roger. 2008. The views of doctors on their working lives: a qualitative study. JRSM, 101(12), pp. 592-597. ISSN 0141-0768 [Article]

Nettleton, Sarah, Burrows, Roger and Watt, Ian. 2007. Regulating medical bodies? The consequences of the ‘modernisation’ of the NHS and the disembodiment of clinical knowledge. Sociology of Health & Illness, 30(3), pp. 333-348. ISSN 01419889 [Article]

Book Section

Kelly, Aidan and Burrows, Roger. 2012. Measuring the Value of Sociology? Some Notes on Performative Metricisation in the Contemporary Academy. In: Lisa Adkins and Celia Lury, eds. Measure and Value. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 130-150. ISBN 978-1-4443-3958-1 [Book Section]

Kelly, Aidan. 1991. The enterprise culture and the welfare state: restructuring the management of the health and personal social services. In: Roger Burrows, ed. Deciphering the enterprise culture: entrepreneurship, petty capitalism and the restructuring of Britain. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 136-151. ISBN 041504335 [Book Section]

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