Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor BSc, MA, PhD, PGCert

Staff details

Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor BSc, MA, PhD, PGCert


Senior Lecturer




a.rhystaylor (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Alex's research looks at processes of social change in cities, with a focus on embodied experiences and change

Alex is a senior lecturer and his research looks at processes of social change in cities, with a focus on embodied experiences and change. His work has looked at the smell and flavour of cities and their relationship to gentrification, racism and multicultural formations. He is also also interested in urbane behaviours, etiquette and notions of civic virtue and is currently undertaking research into space, masculinity and leisure in cities.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Sociology 2001
  • MA Globalisation Culture and the City 2004
  • PhD 2010
  • PGCert in Management and Teaching 2011

Publications and research outputs


Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2017. Food and Multiculture: A Sensory Ethnography of East London. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781472581181

Edited Book

Bates, Charlotte and Rhys-Taylor, Alex, eds. 2016. Walking Through Social Research. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138674042

Book Section

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2024. How to do social research with... a chilli. In: Rebecca Coleman; Kat Jungnickel and Nirmal Puwar, eds. How to do Research With... London: Goldsmiths Press, pp. 49-59. ISBN 9781913380427

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2023. Representing Sensory Culture, Enacting Community: “The Full English”. In: Phillip Vannini, ed. The Routledge International Handbook of Sensory Ethnography. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032328737

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2021. Walking, Cadence and Urban Rhythms. In: Anita Strasser and Carla Duarte, eds. Walking Places - Conference Proceedings. Lisbon: DINÂMIA’CET-IUL, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9789897813092


Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2016. Food and urbanism: the convivial city and sustainable future (review). Social and Cultural Geography, 18(2), pp. 291-292. ISSN 1464-9365

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2013. The essences of multiculture: A sensory exploration of an inner-city street market. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 20(4), pp. 393-406. ISSN 1070-289X

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2013. Disgust and Distinction: The case of the jellied eel. The Sociological Review, 61(2), pp. 227-246. ISSN 0038-0261


Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2014. Sensory Multiculturalism in an East End Market; Thinking Allowed - BBC Radio 4.

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2013. Multicultural Prisons and Jellied Eels.


Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2020. Such a gas, gas, gas.


Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2010. Coming to Our Senses: A Multi-sensory Ethnography of Class and Multiculture in East London. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Media engagements

2014: BBC R4 Thinking Allowed: Sensory Multiculturalism in an East End Market;
Laurie Taylor discusses the sights and smells of a multicultural East End market with Alex Rhys-Taylor

2018: BBC R4 Thinking Allowed: The sensory landscape of the city
Sociological discussion programme. Laurie Taylor explores the scenes, smells, sounds and tastes of urban life with Alex Rhys-Taylor

2013: BBC R4 Thinking Allowed: Jellied Eels
Jellied Eels Thinking Allowed Laurie Taylor discusses jellied eels and 'disgust' at a seafood stall.

Sense of Place: Smell and the City
When you lose your sense of smell, you suddenly realise what an impact it has on your day to day life. It is crucial to the taste of food, reminds you of certain places and people, and it can even inf

2017: What London's Shifting Fast Food Culture Says About Immigration and Identity