JudeDr Jude Roberts (Keele)

Jude Roberts is a researcher in gender and sexualities in contemporary popular culture and a Teaching Fellow in English at Keele University. Her current research focuses primarily on pornographic comics and obscenity and she is completing a monograph on this topic which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. She is also co-editing a collection on gender and sexuality in contemporary popular fantasy (Ashgate 2016).

CarolinaMatosDr Carolina Matos (City University, London)

Bio: Dr Carolina Matos is a journalist, lecturer and researcher with 23 years of professional experience; 10 years as a full-time journalist in Brazil and over 12 years working in universities throughout the UK. Dr Matos obtained her PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2007 with no corrections, with a thesis that was transformed into a book and translated and adopted at universities throughout the world.

Before joining the Sociology department at City University London, Dr Matos was a part-time lecturer in the Government department at the University of Essex, and previously an LSE Fellow in Political Communications, taking over from senior lecturer Maggie Scammell. Dr Matos was a LSE Expert and Visiting Fellow at the Media and Communications department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of East London (UEL) and St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham. Her research is multidisciplinary, drawing from Media and Communications, Politics, Sociology, Globalisation and Latin American and Brazilian Studies.

Carrie Friese photoDr Carrie Friese (London School of Economics)

Carrie Friese is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research is in medical sociology and science and technology studies, with a focus on reproduction across humans and animals. Her initial research focused on the use of assisted reproductive technologies for human reproduction in the context of infertility, with a particular focus on ageing and motherhood. She then explored the development of interspecies nuclear transfer (aka cloning) for endangered species preservation in zoos, asking how notions of nature are being innovated in and through biotechnological development. Based on this research, she has also written and given talks on the ethics of de-extinction. She has received a Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award for a new research project, entitled Care as Science: The Role of Animal Husbandry in Translational Medicine. This five year project (2015-2019) uses quantitative and qualitative research methods in a field analysis of in vivo science and translational medicine within the UK. It asks why an increasing number of scientists understand quality animal care as a scientific priority in the current socio-historical moment. She has also written and taught workshops on situational analysis and grounded theory, and have a general interest in relational research methods.

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Bio: I am a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, with research interests that include the intersections of class and space, belonging, imagination and migration. I have recently completed a multi-scalar ethnography of selfbuild in Britain funded through the ESRC Future Research Leaders Funding Scheme. My publications include the monograph The British in Rural France (MUP, 2011), the coauthored book The Middle Classes and the City (Palgrave, 2015), edited volumes on lifestyle migration and articles in a range of journals including The Sociological Review, Sociology,International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Mobilities, Migration Studies and theJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She is on the board of trustees of the Sociological Review Foundation, where she has oversight of Early Career Researcher initiatives.

P1020466Dr Robert Gibb (University of Glasgow)

Bio: I studied Social Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and am currently a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. As a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State’ (http://researching-multilingually-at-borders.com) I have recently been carrying out research in Bulgaria for a case study on ‘Working and Researching Multilingually at State (and European Union) Borders’ (in collaboration with with Dr Julien Danero Iglesias). In Glasgow I teach courses on social theory at Honours and Masters levels, and in the past I’ve offered courses on refugees and on the state.

image_miniDr Ipek Demir (University of Leicester)

Bio: Dr Ipek Demir (PhD, University of Sussex) is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. She previously taught social sciences at the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge, and Open University and was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge. She recently held an AHRC Fellowship, examining how ethno-political identity is represented and translated by Kurds (of Turkey) in London. Demir served as the Vice- Chair of ESA’s Sociology of Migration Research Network is the founder and co-coordinator of BSA’s Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism (DMT) Study Group.

twitter avatarDr Hannah Jones (University of Warwick)

Bio: Hannah Jones is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick. She researches, writes and teaches on racism and its interactions with other forms of power, migration, identity and belonging, critical social policy and critical and participative research methods. She is the author of Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change (2013, Policy Press) and co-editor of Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. Her most recent project, with a fantastic group of collaborators, is detailed at www.mappingimmigrationcontroversy.com.

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Dr Emma Jackson is a lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously, she held an Urban Studies Foundation Fellowship at the University of Glasgow. She teaches, researches and writes on cities, belonging and the production of space. She is author of ‘Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility’ (2015), co-author of ‘The Middle Classes and the City: a Study of Paris and London’ (2015) and co-editor of ‘Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location’ (2014). 


john.holmwood.2Professor John Holmwood (University of Nottingham)

Bio: John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham. He is a former president of the British Sociological Association (2012-14) and co-founder of the Campaign for the Public University and of the free online magazine of social research, Discover Society.

helen5_whiteBGDr Helen Kara

Bio: Dr Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999, focusing on social care and health, partnership working, and the third sector. She teaches and writes on research methods. Her most recent full-length book is Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide (Policy Press 2015), and she is also the author of the PhD Knowledge series of short e-books for doctoral students. Helen is a Visiting Fellow at the UK National Centre for Research Methods, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Laurie Taylor, sociologist, author and radio presenter seen here at his home in Clerkenwell for a profile celebrating 30 years as a contributor to The Times Higher Educational Supplement, 28th October 2008 Commissioned by Alex Morgan for the THE

Laurie Taylor is visiting professor in the department of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a Fellow of Birkbeck College and holds visiting professorships at the University of the Arts and Westminster University. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester, Queens Belfast, Aberdeen, Goldsmiths College, and Central England. His contributions to social science were recognised in 2003 by his election to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

Before entering academic life at the University of York, where he went on to become Professor of Sociology, Laurie had eight years industrial and sales experience, worked as a librarian in Liverpool, taught in a London comprehensive school, and was a professional actor with Joan Littlewood’s famous Theatre Workshop Company at Stratford East.  He is the author of fourteen books on motivation, change, communication, and personal identity. His weekly satirical column on university life has been appearing in the Times Higher Education Supplement for the last thirty-four years.

Laurie can currently be heard every Wednesday afternoon on BBC R4 presenting Thinking Allowed, a programme, now in its fifteenth year, devoted to society and social change. He has recently completed the sixth series of his Sky Arts television interview programme, In Confidence. A book based on the series called In Confidence: Talking Frankly About Fame was published in August 2014.