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Roger Burrows

Visiting Professor
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Roger Burrows is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology, based in the Centre for Urban and Community Research.

Currently Professor of Cities at Newcastle University, Roger's 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. Lastly, Roger is the author, co-author or editor of over 120 articles, chapters, books and reports.

Teaching

Roger teaches courses on urban studies, social research methods as well as social and cultural theory and digital sociology. He is currently a visiting professor working at CUCR at Goldsmiths, but teachers an undergraduate course at Newcastle University called Understanding Place which investigates localities and contributes to other courses at Newcastle.

See Roger's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

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Rob Imrie

Visiting Professor
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Rob Imrie is Professor with a background is in geography, sociology, and planning studies and he has a doctorate in industrial sociology.

Professor Rob Imrie is a Visiting Professor within the Department of Sociology. 

Areas of supervision

Rob is happy to offer PhD supervision in the broad area of urban studies, with a focus on the following topic areas:

  • Urban governance and community development in cities.
  • Urban policy in British and international cities.
  • The geographies of disability and the built environment.
  • The regulation of architecture.
  • Public policy and geographical knowledge.
  • Planning and the regulation of spatial development

Research interests

Rob Imrie's main research interests are urban governance and community development in cities, the impact and implications of urban policy in British and international cities, the geographies of disability and the built environment, and urban design and the codification and regulation of architecture. 

His research contributes to the development of the study of disability in geography, with a focus on (a). The significance of universal design in the shaping of the designed environment; (b). The development of understanding of the meaning of the home, as this relates to bodily experiences and embodiment, and how meaning, corporeality and design issues interact; (c). Illumination of the relationships between attitudes and practices in the house building industry with reference to disability, and with respect to regulation and how this is reconstructed within the discourse of the housing supply chain; (d). Extending the understanding of housing quality beyond its (normal) reductive sense of physical or technical hardware and/or relations.

Other research is seeking to develop new insights into previously under explored phenomena, including: (a). New forms of urban governance: comparative discourses of community in urban policy in international cities, and the role of sub-national governance structures in influencing urban change; (b). Extending the study of ‘relational architectures’ with a focus on the codification and regulation of architects’ practices; (c). Developing scholarly study of building regulations and control, and their role in urban development; and (d) Exploring the shaping of design through the intersections of the sensual nature of body-environment interactions, with a focus on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

See Rob's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

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Aidan Kelly

Visiting Research Fellow
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My research and teaching expertise is in the application of quantitative methodologies in sociological and public policy research. I have extensive experience of analysing complex, multi-level datasets for teaching and research purposes.

I have published research on the restructuring of the welfare state including the impact of the 'new managerialism' in health and social care (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).

My quantitative analysis of trends in expenditure, unit costs and service outputs was published in the Journal of Social Policy, 1989, 1995. With Andrew Bebbington PSSRU, Kent I conducted a Department of Health funded review of the London Costs element of the standard spending assessments for the Personal Social Services. I have also produced several papers reporting attempts model the outcomes of the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises for various disciplines including sociology (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.).

Between 2007 and 2013 I was an editor of the ABS Guide to Journal Quality in Business and Management Studies. A recent paper seeks to challenge the view that the Guide is biased in its assessment of the quality of accounting journals (Kelly, Aidan, Harvey, Charles, Morris, Huw and Rowlinson, Michael. 2013. Accounting Journals and the ABS Guide: A Review of Evidence and Inference. Management & Organizational History, pp. 1-22. 

I have a special interests in the development of teaching and learning of quantitative methods. I am enthusiastic about the implications of critical realism and complexity theory for the development of a quantitative sociology. My current teaching is focused on the use of the Understanding Society dataset (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/about) as a vehicle for the teaching of quantitative sociology at undergraduate and post graduate level courses. This involves detailed consideration of data management issues and specifically the need to address measurement issues in complex multi-level datasets.

See Aidan's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Onliine

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Mike Michael

Visiting Professor of Sociology of Science and Technology
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Mike Michaels is a Visiting Professor within the Department of Sociology

Currently Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Exeter, Mike is also a Visiting Professor within the Department of Sociology. 

Research Interests

Mike's research interests have included: the relation of everyday life to technoscience; biotechnological and biomedical innovation and culture; the public understanding of/engagement with science; and process methodology.

Areas of supervision

Sociology of science and technology; public understanding of science; sociology of the environment; sociology of everyday life; animals and society; social theory and materiality; sociology and design; biomedicine, biotechnology and culture.

See Mike's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

 

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Heidi Safia Mirza

Visiting Professor of Race, Faith and Culture
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“Sociology is your life and my life: We all have stories to tell...we must tell them ...our voices must be heard !”

Academic background

Professor Mirza's work focuses on gender, race, faith and culture using postcolonial and black feminist theoretical frameworks to explore equality and human rights issues for Muslim, Black and minority communities. Coming from Trinidad and schooled in Brixton she is one of the first female professors of colour in UK and was awarded the prestigious # Eight Women of Colour Awards. She has widely researched educational inequalities, including the experiences of young Black and Asian women in school and processes of racialisation in higher education.  Her recent work explores current debates on multiculturalism and diversity, as well as cultural and religious difference, Islamophobia and gendered violence.

Teaching

Professor Mirza’s teaching includes her pioneering masters Course Race, Gender and Social Justice. She also supervises doctoral students in the cutting-edge field of social and cultural identity and has an excellent completion rate. Her PhDs student’s projects include studies on race, faith, gender, class and culture in educational settingsrefugees and migration; multiculturalism and Islamophobia; gender and sexual violence; Muslim and Asian women in education.

Public appointments

Professor Mirza was appointed by the Minister of State for Education to the Government’s Schools Standards Task Force, where she shaped many initiatives to  raise standards in education for Caribbean and minority ethnic pupils.  She also established the Runnymede Collection at the BCA (Black Cultural Archives), a race-relations archive documenting the late 20th Century civil rights struggle for Multicultural Britain. She was Commissioner on the GLA Mayor's Commission on African and Asian Heritage and appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (TNA). She is an expert consultant to English Heritage advising on Blue Plaques and bringing in under-represented groups into the English national story.

Research interests

Professor Mirza’s research includes British lead on the European Union (EU) project ‘Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education: Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange’.  She was co-principle investigator on the ethnicity strand of ‘Understanding Society’, the ESRC funded UK Household Longitudinal Study, the largest study of its kind in the world.  She also directed the Rayne Foundation study on refugee education and ‘Respecting Difference’ which promotes the understanding of race, faith and culture for teacher educators in higher education.

Professor Mirza has published extensively on the intersectionality of race, gender, Black British feminisms, multiculturalism, postcolonial theory and educational inequalities. She is author of several best-selling books including,

Young Female and Black (Routledge 1992), which was voted in the BERA (British Educational Research Association) top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain.

Black British Feminism: A Reader (Routledge 1997) now celebrating 20 years of success.

Tackling the Roots of Racism, Lessons for Success, with Reena Bhavnani and Veena Meetoo (Bristol, Policy Press, 2005)

Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black Women Succeed and Fail (Routledge 2009),

Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times: Researching Educational Inequalities, co-edited with Cynthia Joseph (Routledge, 2010),

Respecting difference: Race, faith and culture for teacher educators, with Veena Meetoo (UCL IOE  2012).

Her most recent book is Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, whiteness and decolonising the academy, co-edited with Jason Arday (Palgrave MacMillan forthcoming).

She co-authored the seminal OfSTED school government inspection report Educational Inequality: Mapping Race, Class, and Gender 

 

See Heidi's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

 

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Vic Seidler BA MPhil

Emeritus Professor
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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, psychoanalysing psychotherapy; identity and ethnicities. Men and feminism; sociology of knowledge; morality and social theory; equality and liberal theory.

See Vic's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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David Silverman

Emeritus Professor
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Prof David Silverman is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College, London, Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and Visiting Professor in the Management Department at King's College, University of London and the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He has authored 15 books and 45 journal articles on qualitative research, ethnography and conversation analysis.

Teaching

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful PhD students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Bev Skeggs

Visiting Professor
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Bev Skeggs worked at the Worcester College of Higher Education and the Universities of Keele, York, Lancaster and Manchester before joining the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. Bev worked in the areas of Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies as well as Sociology.

Bev is currently Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme, based at the LSE, but has a long history of being associated with Goldsmiths, and in particular the Department of Sociology.

Research interests

Class, media and cultural formations, feminist and poststructuralist theory, Pierre Bourdieu and Marx, spatial formations.

Bev's research interests consolidate around the issue of value and values. How do we know what value and values are? What do they do? Bev only realized this was my central concern recently when she was asked to summarise somoenes work and noticed that all her research has been framed around these issues. Hence value/s has led her through issues of respectability in class and gender formation, an exploration of symbolic value through media and cultural formations; using feminist and poststructuralist theory, Pierre Bourdieu and to the economic abstractions of Marx, to help her understand.

Bev is still working on this topic (it is her life’s work), currently attempting to understand how value moves on, through and with people as they live the imperatives of exchange in capitalism. But, more significantly, what remains beyond exchange? What matters to people? How do they formulate value/s beyond economic perceptions? Bev has been developing the idea of ‘person value’ through ‘value struggles’ to understand how different forms of de/valued personhood are lived.

See Bev's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Mike Upton

Visiting Research Fellow
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Mike Upton is a Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Invention and Social Process, and the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. His PhD focused on the contested intersections of globalizing intellectual property regimes and transnational campaigns for access to medicines to treat HIV/AIDS.

After receiving his PhD in 2012, Mike worked in the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester. In 2013 he was awarded a Mildred-Blaxter Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, which was followed by a British Academy Small Grant that considersed the disputes surrounding the ‘invention’ of AZT, the first drug approved for HIV treatment.  Mike is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Academic Qualifications

PhD Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, 2012.

MRes Research Methods, University of Manchester, 2007.

MSc Human Rights, London School of Economics, 2004.

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2001.

Research interests

Global Health; HIV/AIDS; Medical Anthropology/Sociology; Sociology of Health and Illness; Science and Technology Studies; Cultural Studies; Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property; Global Political Economy; Gender and Sexuality; Post-colonial and Critical Race Studies; Intimacy.

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Funda Ustek-Spilda

Visiting Researcher
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Funda Ustek-Spilda's research interests are missing people in statistics, culture/institutional change, governing by numbers and gender.

Funda Ustek-Spilda is a Visiting Researcher within the Department of Sociology.  Previously Funda was a post-doctoral researcher on the ARITHMUS research project "Peopling Europe: How data make a people" led by Professor Evelyn Ruppert.

Funda has conducted research on popular media programmes (esp. drama series) to investigate how they might contribute to shaping and/or reproducing public opinions and social values (intentionally or otherwise) on gender, class, religion and social justice. 

See Funda's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.