PhD Supervision - Areas of Interest
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I currently co-supervise PhD students working on issues of affect and film, girlhood and youth, visual culture and new media and have supervised one PhD student to completion. I welcome PhD applications in any of the areas of my research - please feel free to contact me to discuss applications further.
I am available to supervise PhD projects in the areas of: advertising and branding; consumption and consumer society; urban space and culture; friendship and sociality; gender and culture; media and cultural theory.
I am interested in supervising doctoral students in all aspects of the sociology of material life but in particular: material interaction, material civilization, consumption, everyday technology andembodied practices with objects including cars and bicycles. I also have a continuing interest in critical social theory and modern French social theory including the work of Henri Lefebvre, Jean Baudrillard and Pierre Bourdieu. More recently I have been researching the theme of the morality of ordinary life in relation to television and the broadcast media. I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in all of these areas.
I am interested in working with students in any area of gender studies, media studies, cultural studies or visual culture, but have particular research interests in:Embodiment and performanceFemininities, including queer and trans femininitiesGender and popular cultureDigital media and online culturesCelebrity, fashion and dress
I'd be happy to assisant students with any of the interests listed above.
I would be interested in supervising research students within the areas related to my research interests, for example: Multiculturalisms; 'race', racisms; Migration and related aspects, including but not restricted to: migrant/diasporic/transnational lives; migration and national politics (policies, border controls, etc.). Sexuality and migration including but not restricted to: queer migrants and migrations; sexuality and migration (e.g. sexuality and border control); migrant sex workers; intimacy and migration. Citizenship and related including but not restricted to: cultural aspects of citizenship, sexual citizenship, intimate citizenship, citizenship and affect, or transnational citizenship; citizenship training or the like (e.g. citizenship curriculum in England; citizenship classes and ceremonies for immigrants), and so on.
My main areas of research and supervisory interest are: Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School (especially, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer) Contemporary social and cultural theory (especially continental theory) Visual culture (especially film and photography) Metrropolitan and urban culture and theory Sociology and literature Autobiography, biography, history and memory Holocaust studies
I am particularly interested in receiving applications to work in the following fields: state theory, governance and governance failure, cultural political economy, contemporary capitalism (including varieties of capitalism and variegated capitalism) Applicants should be aware that I will be retiring from a full-time academic position in 2013 and, while I will be able to supervise existing students to completion after that date, applicants for 2010-2011 onwards will need a co-supervisor from within the Faculty to ensure continuity of supervision. I am willing to assist applicants in the search for suitable co-supervisors.
I have supervised 32 doctoral thesis on various topics, mainly in political economy - international and comparative political economy - but also in political and historical sociology. I am interested in the historical and comparative study of patterns of social inequality (including the allegedly old-fashioned class inequalities) - both on the local, national and international or transnational level. I have done a lot of work on the history and the recent developments of welfare states in Europe and in other parts of the world and I am still very much interested in comparative social policy, including transnational (as in EU-Europe) and international social policy.During the last years, my main focus has been on the world economy, on world trade and world finance, including the development and the crises of international financial markets and the international monetary system (or chaos) of the present dollar-standard. As an economist by training, I have a strong interest in public finance, the development of the modern fiscal state and actual economic and fiscal policies on the national and international level. Fiscal sociology, at the interface of the sociology and the political economy of the modern state, is one of my special fields (an old tradition of mainly German and Italian origin). In my view, and regarding our recent experience, this approach is to be extended to a sociological study of the world of high finance, that is the international financial markets and their main actors. I am also interested in area or area-related topics like continental Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia) or Asia (China, Japan, South-Korea) or Latin-America (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico). Incidentally, I have supervised theses with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Such area topics are, of course, very closely linked to actual issues of world economy and world politics.In this respect, I am strongly interested inthe environmental crises ofour times and in ecological policies ( I have done a lot of work on the forms and instruments of ecological policies in the past). Last but not least, I have done a lot of work on some of the classics and the main theoretical traditions in the social sciences. So you could propose to me any topic related to Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and Pierre Bourdieu and the lines of thinking or the specialisations that begin with them (as, for instance, economic sociology). I am also very much interested in Marx, in Marxism and its history and in Marxology proper (I am a collaborator and co-editor of the MEGA, the Complete Works of Marx and Engels, the largest scientific edition project in the social sciences at this moment). The history and theory of social movements, old an new, has also been one of my major topics - including the history and the long term development of socialism in its various guises ( I am at the moment working on editions of hitherto unpublished work by socialist economists like Rosa Luxemburg, Natalia Moszkowska, Helene Bauer).Accordingly, I have supervised theses on projects of social reform (like basic income, or, more ambitious, economic democracy).
Technological and scientific cultures, social and cultural theory, media and cultural studies, especially in relation to new media, network cultures, critical design and post-genomic sciences. Current and past PhD supervision: Kingsley Dennis, 'New complexities: converging spaces of connectivity, communication, and collaboration' PhD, 2007 (co-supervised with J. Urry, Sociology) Soren Mork Petersen, 'Common Banality: The Affective Character of Photo Sharing, Everyday Life and Produsage Cultures' PhD 2008 (co-supervised with T. L. Taylor, ITU Copenhagen) Daniel Ashton, ' The industry of creativity: Economic frames, creative subjects and innovative technologies in process' PhD, 2009 (co-supervised with G. Gere, Institute for Cultural Research) Kuo Wen-Ping, 'The production and consumption practices of online journalism in digital Taiwan' PhD 2009 (co-supervised with A. Cronin, Sociology) Deidre Leahy, ' The epileptic as experimental subject'(co-supervised with P. Palladino, History) Laura Houston, ' Inventive infrastructures - an exploration of mobile phone 'repair' cultures in Uganda' (co-supervised with L. Suchman, Sociology) Charalampia Kerasidou, 'Ambient computing' (co-supervised with L. Suchman, Sociology)
politics, theories, representations and popular narratives of reproduction feminist technoscience studies genomics and the media bioart and genomics popular biographies of scientists science and technology in popular culture cultural studies of technoscience power, theory and knowledge (particularly with reference to gender) feminist theory, practice and pedagogy class politics and relations, gender and class, inequalities and social justice
Topics I would be interested in supervising include: science, technology and medicine studies - in particular studies of clinical practice, learning and evidence telecare and domestic space - in particular governance and ethics of new care technologies evidence in action studies - in particular lay ethnographies of technoscience disaster and recovery studies
I am interested in a number of research areas, mostly focusing on issues relating to health, embodiment, sexuality, reproduction and biology.
I have co-supervised 6 PhD students to completion to date and all have passed with no or minor amendments:
- Lin Wen-Yuan (2005) who worked on kidney dialysis in Taiwan;
- Kaori Sasaki (2006) who worked on brain death and organ transplantation in Japan;
- Ranjini C.R. (2006) who worked on health information systems in southern India
- Anne Rudolph (2009) whose thesis focussed on young lesbian, bi-sexual and queer women's understandings of sexually transmitted infections;
- Clare Hollowell (2010) who studied young women's experiences of fun; and
-Shih, Li-Wen (2012) whose research focussed on prenatal testing and screening in Taiwan.
I have seven current phD students:
1. Brigit Morris-Coulton, who is working on mental health recovery and arts practices
2. Rebecca Fox, who is working on women with learning disabilities living in secure accomodation
3. Kate McNicolas-Smith, who is working on lesbians on television
4. Alison Hanbury, studying the HPV vaccine in the UK
5. Oscar Maldonado,researching the HPV vaccine in Colombia
6. Joann Wilkinson, studying reproductive biosensors
7. Lucy Ryan, studying adoptors' views and exeriences of parenting.
All of these are empirical research projects, using methods such as participant observation, interviewing, focus groups and textual analysis.
I am deeply interested in feminist and social theory and am an editor of a leading feminist journal, Feminist Theory. I am very keen to work with postgraduate students on these themes relating to feminist theory, embodiment and sexuality, either in Sociology or Women's Studies. Prospective students should feel free to contact me by email to discuss the possibility of studying at Lancaster.
Political economy, moral economy, normativity and ethics in everyday life, inequality, employment and organisational life, climate change, social theory and the philosophy of social science. Postdisciplinary proposals particularly welcome!
I am keen to supervise empirical and theoretical research relating to any of the above topics, preferably pursued in a post-disciplinary manner, and having some concern for the implications for human well-being! There may be possibilities for co-supervision not only with colleagues in Sociology, but also colleagues in other departments with complementary interests. For example, I could co-supervise someone interested in political and economic discourses with Prof. Ruth Wodak in Linguistics, or I could co-supervise someone interested in social policy working with Karen Broadhurst or others in the Department of Applied Social Science, and I have also had links with human geography in the past. I also welcome visiting research students who are doing PhDs elsewhere but want to spend a term or two in Lancaster with some supervision from me. Please email me if you'd like to discuss research possibilities.
Research students welcome on topics relating to social theories of practice; infrastructures and institutions of everyday consumption, climate change and issues of energy and water demand; design, materiality, technology studies and research policy.
I welcome research students and have supervised 15 students researching in a range of substantive areas including; Caesarean section and women's right to choose, Surgical construction and treatment of obesity, Schizophrenia and psychiatric care, Young women, sexuality and Christian traditions, The co-evolution of children's bodies and prosthetic limbs. I am interested in and have expertise in qualitative research including participant observation, interviews, and textual analysis in the form of detailed case studies. In particular I am interested in research that seeks to articulate and to appreciate the work of practice of programmes, policies, interventions, systems and guidelines.
I'm interested in supervising postgraduate research in science and technology studies, particularly projects involving ethnographic research on any aspects of practices of technology design/production and consumption/use, and in the area of feminist technoscience, particularly with respect to information and communications technologies; robotics, artificial intelligence and the cyborg; human-computer interaction and new media.
I have supervised doctoral research in areas ranging from health and citizenship, biobanking and human tissue collections, enhancement and biomedicalization, and identity-formation in the context of genetic knowledge.
I currently supervise four students:
Lee Wan-Ju who is researching the Taiwanese biobank with reference to the political economy of the life sciences (with Brian Wynne)
Anna Portman who is investigating the scientific and social dynamics of the bicentennial celebrations of Charles Darwin's birth in 2009 (with Bronislaw Szerszynski)
Karolina Papros who, as part of the Polish Academy of Sciences-Lancaster University Dual PhD Programme, is working on the biopolitics and biosociality of breast cancer
Tania Pastrana who is conducting an ethnography of a palliative care unit (with Dawn Goodwin).
I would welcome opportunities to supervise future doctoral students interested in working from a science studies or sociological perspective on biomedical or genetic technologies and services in medical, forensic and cultural arenas; questions of identity,citizenship and 'biosociality' in relation to genetic science and knowledge, or on the role of expectations or imaginaries in scientific and commercial innovation.
I am currently supervising:
- LI Jianmin: Corporate governance in China (with Prof Michael Kraetke)
- Stephen Jackson: Rhetorics and scandal regarding climate change (with Prof Tim Dant)
- CHEN Liu: Return migration and guanxi in China (with Prof Andrew Sayer)
- Jihoon Park: Production, Money and Capital: A Genealogical and Philosophical Analysis on Capital in Modern Theories of Economics, Political Economy and Economic Sociology (with Prof Bob Jessop)
I would be interested in proposals for doctoral students in the following areas:
- Political economy of science, technology and innovation, particularly regarding the life sciences and/or climate change
- Cultural political economy, governmentality and innovation
- Mobilities innovation
- Low-carbon transitions
- Science, technology and innovation in China
- Cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan sociology
- Philosophy of social science, especially regarding issues of critical realism
I welcome PhD applications in any of my areas of research. Please feel free to contact me to discuss preliminary ideas for PhD proposals or postdoctoral applications.
mobilities, complexity theory, tourism, transportation, contemporary capitalism, climate change and social science
Research students are welcome in all areas of my research interests including: gender violence and security; gendered political economy; policies towards equalities; sociology of the EU; and complexity theory.
I welcome applications from prospective students in all areas of my research, including:Environment-society relations, especially using the theoretical resources of Science and Technology Studies (STS);
The making of environmental knowledge;The politics of environmental knowledge;Environmental knowledge, policy and collective politics;
STS and the making and politics of databases;
Social studies of classifications;
Knowledge, practices and biodiversity;Barcoding of Life (BOLI) and shifting cultures of taxonomy;The 'case study' in STS;A place for critique within STS;
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