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

Publications since 2008

2013  Burrows, R. ‘Area Based Classification Systems’ in N. Thrift, A. Tickell and S. Woolgar (eds) Globalisation in Practice Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

2013  Burrows, R. and Beer, D. ‘Rethinking Space: Urban Informatics and the Sociological Imagination’ in Prior, N. and Orton-Johnson, K. (eds) Digital Sociology  Basingstoke: Palgrave. Forthcoming

2013  Burrows, R. and Holmes, M. ‘Ping Pong Poms? Emotional Reflexivity in Contemporary Return Migration from Australia to the UK’, Australian Journal of Social Issues, Forthcoming

2013  MacLeod, D. and Burrows, R. ‘Home and Away: Family Matters in the Lives of Young Transnational Couples’, Journal of Sociology, Forthcoming

2013  Beer, D. and Burrows, R. ‘Popular Culture, Digital Archives and the New Social Life of Data’, Theory, Culture & Society, Forthcoming

2012  Burrows, R. ‘Living with the H-Index? Metric Assemblages in the Contemporary Academy’, Sociological Review, 60, 2: 355–37

2012 Kelly, A. and Burrows, R. ‘Measuring the Value of Sociology? Some Notes on the Performative Metricisation of the Contemporary Academy’ in L. Adkins and C. Lury (eds) Measure and Value: A Sociological Review Monograph Oxford: Wily-Blackwells, 130-150

2011  Burrows, R. ‘Visualisation, Digitalisation and the “Descriptive Turn” in Contemporary Sociology’ in I. Heywood and B. Sandywell (eds) The Handbook of Visual Culture London: Berg, 572-588

2011  Penfold-Mounce, R., Beer, D. and Burrows, R. ‘The Wire as Social Science Fiction?’ Sociology, 45, 1, 152-167

2010  Beer, D. and Burrows, R. ‘Consumption, Prosumption and Participatory Web Cultures: An Introduction’ Special Issue of Journal of Consumer Culture, 10, 1: 1–10

2010  Burrows, R. ‘The Geodemographics of Elective Belonging’, Housing, Theory and Society, 27, 2, 145-150

2010  Nettleton, S., Woods, B., Burrows, R. and Kerr, A. ‘Experiencing Food Allergy and Food Intolerance: An Analysis of Lay Accounts, Sociology, 44, 2, 289-305.

2010  Beer, D. and Burrows, R. ‘The Sociological Imagination as Popular Culture’ in J. Burnett, S. Jeffers and G. Thomas (eds) New Social Connections: Sociology’s Subjects and Objects Basingstoke: Palgrave, 233-251

2009  Kerr, A., Woods, B, Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. ‘Testing for Food Intolerance: New Markets in the Age of Biocapital’, BioSocieties: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Social Studies of Life Sciences, 4, 1, 3-24

2009  Savage, M. and Burrows, R. ‘Some Further Reflections on the Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology’, Sociology, 43, 4, 765–775

2009  Nettleton, S., Woods, B., Burrows, R. and Kerr, A. ‘Food Allergy and Intolerance: Towards a Sociological Agenda’ Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 13, 6, 647-664

2009  Uprichard, E., Burrows, R. and Parker, S. ‘Geodemographic Code and the Production of Space’, Environment and Planning A, 41, 12, 2823 – 2835

2009  Burrows, R. ‘Urban Informatics and Social Ontology’ in M. Foth (ed) Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI, 450-454

2008  Savage, M. and Burrows, R. ‘Wither the survey?’ International Journal of Market Research, 50, 3, 305-307

2008  Nettleton, S., Burrows, R. and Watt, I. ‘Regulating Medical Bodies? An Analysis of Doctors’ Accounts of the Consequences of the “Modernization” of the NHS for the Disembodiment of Clinical Knowledge’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 30, 3, 333–348

2008  Nettleton, S., Burrows, R. and Watt, I. ‘How do you Feel Doctor? An Analysis of Emotional Aspects of  Routine Professional Medical Work’, Social Theory and Health, 6, 1, 18-36

2008  Watt, I., Nettleton, S. and Burrows, R. ‘The Views of Doctors on their Working Lives: A Qualitative Study’, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 101, 592–597

2008  Uprichard, E., Burrows, R. and Byrne, D. ‘SPSS as an Inscription Device: From Causality to Description?’ Sociological Review, 56, 4, 606-622

2008  Hardey, M. and Burrows, R. ‘Cartographies of Knowing Capitalism and the Changing Jurisdiction of Empirical Sociology’ in N. Fielding, R.M. Lee and G. Blank (eds) The Sage Handbook of Online Research Methods London: Sage, 507-518

2008  Burrows, R. ‘Geodemographics and the Construction of Differentiated Neighbourhoods’ in J. Flint and D. Robinson (eds) Cohesion in Crisis? New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference Bristol: Policy Press, 219-237


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