Professor of Sociology & Pro-Warden in Interdisciplinary Development
+44 (0)20 7919 7719
DTH - M8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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