Biographies

Amita Baviskar is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.  Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development in rural and urban India.  Her first book In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley and other publications explore the themes of resource rights, popular resistance and discourses of environmentalism.  She is currently studying food and agrarian environments in western India.  Her recent publications include the edited books Contested Grounds: Essays on Nature, Culture and Power; Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes (with Raka Ray); and First Garden of the Republic: Nature on the President’s Estate.  She has taught at the University of Delhi, and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, Cornell, Yale, SciencesPo and the University of California at Berkeley. She was awarded the 2005 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, the 2008 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research, and the 2010 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences.

Michaela Benson is an ethnographer and sociologist based at Goldsmiths and Managing Editor for the Sociological Review. She is internationally renowned for her contributions to the sociology of migration, and her research on class, home, identity and belonging. Michaela is currently a research leader for the project BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of Britons resident in the European Union funded by the UK in a Changing Europe. Examining the implications of Brexit for Britons resident in other European Union member states, this builds on her work on Britons living rural France. She is the author of The British in rural France (2011, MUP), co-author of The Middle Classes and the city (Palgrave, 2015) and Lifestyle Migration and colonial traces in Malaysia and Panama (Palgrave, 2018). She has also published in journals including the British Journal of Sociology, Mobilities, The Sociological Review, IJURR, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Roger Burrows is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University and also Visiting Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was previously Pro-Warden for Interdisciplinary Development at Goldsmiths. He has also worked at the University of York, the University of Teesside, the University of Surrey and the University of East London. He has published mainly on: housing and urban studies; the sociology of digital technologies; health, illness and the body; methods; and the metricization of higher education.

Mark Carrigan is Digital Fellow at The Sociological Review Foundation and Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He co-convenes the Accelerated Academy with Filip Vostal. He’s associate social media editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology and a founding member of the editorial boards of Discover Society and the Journal of Applied Social Theory. He is the author of Social Media for Academics, published by Sage in early 2016.

Ben Carrington is an Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California where he teaches sociology. Prior to joining Annenberg, Professor Carrington taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin from 2004 until 2017 and before that he worked at the University of Brighton in England. Professor Carrington studies a broad range of topics generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary post/colonial societies. More specifically, he is interested in how ideologies of race shape – and are themselves shaped by – cultural forms, practices and identities and how popular culture is often a key site of both cultural resistance and domination. His work examines the mass media and sport as way to understand key sociological dimensions of everyday life such as personal and communal identity and national identifications as well as focusing on how racialized, gendered and classed social structures constrain and enable social life. In 2017, Professor Carrington wrote and presented a documentary on the life and legacy of Stuart Hall for U.S. public radio entitled, Stuart Hall: In Conversations. Professor Carrington currently serves on a wide range of editorial boards spanning sociology, cultural studies and sports studies, including Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Contexts, New Formations, Sociological Review, The Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sociology of Sport Journal, and The International Review for the Sociology of Sport. Professor Carrington is also a Carnegie Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University.

Stephen Crossley is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Northumbria University. He completed his PhD on the UK government’s Troubled Families Programme at the University of Durham in 2017. Prior to this he worked across the North East of England in a variety of youth, community development and neighbourhood management roles. He also worked on a regional child poverty knowledge exchange project which sought to encourage policy-makers to make use of social scientific evidence when designing and developing anti-poverty policies. He has published work on ‘troubled families’, social justice and poverty and inequality. He is the author of ‘In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty’, published by Pluto Press in 2017. His second book, ‘Troublemakers: the construction of ‘troubled families’ as a social problem’, which adopts a muckraking sociological approach, will be published by Policy Press in April 2018. He tweets, but mainly retweets others, at @akindoftrouble

Ayona Datta is a reader in Urban Futures at King’s College London. Ayona’s broad research interests are in the critical geographies of smart urbanism, gender citizenships and urban futures in the global north and south. Her earlier research examined the connections between transnational urbanism, migrant citizenship, and translocal geographies of belonging among East European construction workers in London. This research continues to develop theoretical and empirical work on slums and informal settlements in exploring how marginal social actors live through the violence of law and urban development in India. This is particularly related to the resultant transformations in gender relations and citizenship struggles that occupy social, political and environmental spaces of action.

Lisa Dikomitis is a social anthropologist and Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health at Keele University. She works at the intersection of social sciences, arts, humanities and medicine. The first strand of her research is concerned with refugee and migrant communities. Dr Dikomitis has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees. This resulted in her monograph, Cyprus and Its Places of Desire (IB Tauris, 2012). She is currently further developing this strand with an AHRC-funded ethnography on Polish migrants in the UK and how they deal with death, dying and memorialization. For more info: https://remembermeproject.wordpress.com. The second strand of her research revolves around the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness. This strand includes a study on complex interventions in primary care, health inequalities, perceptions and experiences of cluster headache and a number of projects in medical education research. Dr Dikomitis is Principal Investigator of SOLACE, an ethnographic study using art-based community engagement around health care in underserved areas in the Philippines, jointly funded by the AHRC and MRC. For more info: http://www.solace-research.com.  A common theme that runs throughout all these research projects is the methodological approach. Dr Dikomitis is a qualitative researcher with extensive experience in ethnography. She has carried out fieldwork in Cyprus, Belgium, the United Kingdom and more recently in the Philippines. She is Keele’s Institutional Lead for interdisciplinary and social science research methods training: http://www.keele.ac.uk/links.  Dr Dikomitis is member of the editorial boards of The Sociological Review and Sociology and is Associate Editor of Pilot and Feasibility Studies.

Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences Director of Research and a co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton.  She is an elected member of the Academy of Social Sciences.  Ros has researched and written widely in the field of family studies from a critical and feminist perspective; her latest book, with Val Gillies and Nicola Horsley, is Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention (Policy Press, 2017).  Ros has an interest in methods, from secondary qualitative longitudinal analysis to indigenous methodologies to paradata and marginalia, and she is a founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

David Evans is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. His research is located in the sociology, anthropology and geographies of consumption with particular interests in food and sustainability. He is working on an Economic and Social Research Council funded project that explores the cultural, technological, commercial and environmental significance of ‘freshness’ in the UK and Portuguese agri-food sectors. This reflects a more general interest the role of material and cultural practices in the co-ordination of economic activity and the articulation of value in economy and society. David is a member of the Sociological Review editorial board and is the Early Career Researcher Co-ordinator for The Sociological Review Foundation. He was the lead editor of the 2013 Sociological Review Monograph Waste Matters and is currently writing a book on consumer culture in the Anthropocene.

Val Gillies is Professor of Social Policy and Criminology in the department of History, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Westminster. She has researched and published extensively on the topics of family relationships and parenting, family troubles, marginalized children and young people. Her latest books, include Pushed to the Edge: Inclusion and Behavior Support in Schools (Policy Press 2016) and, with Ros Edwards and Nicola Horsley,  Challenging the Politics of Early Intervention: Who’s ‘Saving’ Children and Why (Policy Press 2017). She is currently researching adolescent mental health and ‘wellbeing’ policies in schools.

Nicola Horsley is a research fellow at DANS, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests centre on qualitative inquiry into all aspects of social inclusion and participation, including the marginalisation of particular citizenship, educational and family practices through dominant discourses and the privileging of scientific and technical knowledge as bases for policy making. Her writing has also addressed challenges in feminist research methods. Nicola’s latest work looks critically at the ‘computational turn’ to further understanding of ways in which a focus on ‘big data’ elides important issues for research.

Emma Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths. Her research explores everyday practices of belonging and the production of space in cities. She has recently completed the project ‘The Choreography of Everyday Multiculture: Bowling Together?’ funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant. She is the author of ‘Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility’ (2015), co-author of ‘The Middle Classes and the City: A Comparison of Paris and London’ (2015), ‘Go Home: The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (2017) and co-editor of ‘Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location’ (2014). She is an editor of The Sociological Review.

Marie-Andrée Jacob is a Professor of Law at Keele University. Her socio-legal work is strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on ethnographic and archival methods. She is generally interested in activities that sit on the border between legality and illegality. Her recent projects been supported by the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust. As part of her current research on the category of research misconduct, Marie explores modern patterns in the documentation of research regulation.

Deana Jovanović is The Sociological Review Fellow of 2017/2018. Deana holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her research interests are situated within urban, political, and environmental anthropology, and intersect with sociology, cultural studies, environmental and risk studies, and gender studies. Her focus is on studying interconnections between anticipations of futures, hope and the state. Her research is based on long term ethnographic research in the post-Yugoslav states, in Serbia and Croatia, in industrialised urban environments. As The Sociological Review Fellow she will undertake work on a monograph on ambivalence, hope and the “state by proxy” in an industrial town in Serbia, which extends from her PhD research. Deana has been previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka (Croatia) and at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg).

Alice Larkin is Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester. Alice trained as an astrophysicist in Leeds, did her PhD in climate modelling at Imperial College, then worked in science communication. She returned to academia joining the Tyndall Centre in 2003 to research conflicts between climate change and aviation policy. Her work on carbon budgets helped shape the UK’s Climate Change Act and inclusion of aviation within policy frameworks.  She became a Professor in 2015, was awarded a University ‘Researcher of the Year’ award in 2016 and leads EPSRC projects on the Water-Energy-Food nexus and decarbonising shipping.

Joanna Latimer is Professor of Sociology, Science & Technology & Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York, UK. Having studied English Lit. as an undergraduate, I then trained and worked as a nurse. I won a fellowship to do a PhD about older people in acute medicine at Edinbrugh.  Having worked at Keele as Senior Research Fellow in Nursing, and then as Research Officer in the Centre for Social Gerontology, I took up a lectureship in Sociology at Cardiff, progressing to chair in 2009. My research focuses on the cultural, social and existential effects and affects for how science, medicine and healthcare are done.  I work ethnographically, examining everyday processes of inclusion and exclusion. I am especially interested in the worlds people make together and the biopolitics they are entangled in and circulate.   Making contributions at the leading edge of social theory, I have written about ageing, dementia, older people, the constituting of classes, motility, extension, aboutness, naturecultures, care in biomedicine, dwelling, the politics of imagination, body-world relations and class.  Currently I am exploring the notion of the Threshold.  I have published many articles and books, including  The Conduct of Care (2000), (Un)knowing Bodies (2009) and The Gene, The Clinic and The Family (2013), awarded the 2014 FSHI annual book prize.  I am a longstanding member of the editorial board of The Sociological Review, and editor of the journal Sociology of Health and Illness. Currently I am writing up my study of ageing and biology as a new book for Routledge, Biopolitics and the Limits to Life: Ageing, Biology and Society in the 21st Century, as well as co-editing two special issues, one on contemporary developments in Alzheimer’s research (with Richard Milne & Shirlene Badger) and the other entitled Intimate Entanglements for TSR (with Daniel Lopez).

Jenna M. Loyd is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her PhD in Geography from University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978 (2014, University of Minnesota Press). She is the co-editor, with Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, of Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis (2012, University of Georgia Press), which received the Past President Book Gold Award from the Association for Borderlands Studies. Her book written with Alison Mountz on the late- and post-Cold War history of United States migration detention and border deterrence policy, Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention the United States, was published 2018 (University of California Press).  Her current and recent research projects include Transforming Justice, a transdisciplinary effort (with Anne Bonds, Lorraine Halinka Malcoe, Jenny Plevin, and Rob Smith), documenting the harms of mass criminalization and efforts to redefine health and safety from the perspective of criminalized community members in Milwaukee. She is a co-PI with Patricia Ehrkamp and Anna Secor on an NSF-funded research project entitled the Geopolitics of Trauma, which examines how the PTSD diagnosis is mobilized in making refugee status determinations and in the resettlement process for Iraqi refugees coming to the U.S. She is beginning a new project on the interface between health and policing.

Greg Martin is Associate Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Chair of Department, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. He is also Editor of The Sociological Review, and Associate Editor of Crime Media Culture. He has research interests in criminal and constitutional law, cultural criminology, political sociology, protest and public order policing, refugees and immigration, social movements, and youth studies.

Anoop Nayak is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography at Newcastle University.  His research interests are in race and ethnic studies; youth culture and social class; masculinities and social change.  Anoop has published widely in these areas and is author of books including Race, Place and Globalization (Berg, 2003); Gender Youth and Culture with Mary Jane Kehily (Palgrave 2013) and a social theory book, Geographical Thought with Alex Jeffrey (Routledge 2013). He is currently working on a Research Excellence Academy project exploring, ‘Young People, Diversity and Belonging in a Post-Brexit Age’.

Rachel Pain is Professor of Human Geography at Newcastle University. Informed by feminist and participatory theory, practice and activism, her work focuses on the housing crisis, fear and trauma, international and intimate violence. She collaborates with a range of voluntary and public sector organisations, and has written on the implications of co-production for understandings, processes and outcomes of research impact.

Virgílio Borges Pereira is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Porto, where he teaches at the Faculty of Arts and at the Faculty of Architecture. He is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the same university. His research combines sociological, historical and ethnographic approaches and focuses on the production of social and cultural inequalities in different spatial contexts of Northern Portugal. The study of the sociological legacy of Pierre Bourdieu’s work is one of his main interests. He is the author of the recently published “The structuration of lifestyles in the city of Porto: a relational approach”, in L. Hanquinet & M. Savage (eds.), Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture (London, Routledge, 2016).

João Queirós is a sociologist. He does research at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto and collaborates with the Centre for Research and Innovation in Education of the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He teaches at this same School. His teaching and research interests cover: social change and class transformations; social and housing policies; local and regional development; community studies; and adult education. He is the author of several articles, books and book chapters on these matters, including the very recent “A disappearing world: the ever-expanding ‘frontier of gentrification’ through the eyes of Porto’s historic centre long-time residents”, part of a tribute book to Neil Smith, Gentrification as a Global Strategy: Neil Smith and Beyond (London, Routledge, 2017).

Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé is the Sociological Review Fellow of 2017. Prior to being awarded this writing fellowship based at Keele University (England, UK), she was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University College London (England, UK). Meritxell has a PhD in STS from the University of Edinburgh. Her academic interests are in the sociology of (scientific) knowledge and social research methodology.

Ruth Raynor is a post doctoral research fellow in the school of architecture, planning and landscape- Newcastle University. She uses creative practice (predominantly theatre-making) and feminist theories from cultural studies and human geographies to explore urban life. In particular, Ruth experiments with form to attune to and evoke a politics of affect in specific contemporary contexts. Developing from work that dramatised austerity with women in the North East of England, Ruth is currently involved in two further ESRC funded projects one on ‘Hope’ (with Dr David Webb) and the other on ‘Northern Imaginaries’ (with song-writer Jennie Brewis). In different ways those projects explore how local residents and key stake holders relate to (feel and imagine) the changing local state. This will form the basis of a broader investigation into genres of ‘Urban Recovery.’

Jenny Reardon is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her research draws into focus questions about identity, justice and democracy that are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices, particularly in modern genomic research. Her training spans molecular biology, the history of biology, science studies, feminist and critical race studies, and the sociology of science, technology and medicine. She is the author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome (Chicago University Press, Fall 2017).  She has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from, among others, the National Science Foundation, the Max Planck Institute, the Humboldt Foundation, the London School of Economics, the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and the United States Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Anamik Saha is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. After completing his PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, Anamik worked in the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds, firstly as an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, then as a Lecturer in Communications. He has held visiting fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Connecticut. Anamik’s research interests are in race and the media, with a particular focus on cultural production and the cultural industries. He has had his work published in journals including Media, Culture and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and European Journal of Cultural Studies. With David Hesmondhalgh (2013) he co-edited a special issue of Popular Communication on race and ethnicity in cultural production, and with Dave O’Brien, Kim Allen and Sam Friedman (2017) he co-edited a special issue of Cultural Sociology on inequalities in the cultural industries. His new book Race and the Cultural Industries is out in December, 2017, published by Polity Press.

Sivamohan Valluvan is an Assistant Professor at Warwick Sociology. His research interests lie in racism and ethnicity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, consumerism, urban inequality, and social and cultural theory more broadly. Ongoing research areas include the rise of a new nationalism that traverses a range of ideological and cultural repertoires – a project that will culminate in a forthcoming book provisionally titled, The New Nationalism (Manchester University Press).

Beverley Skeggs is the Director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme at the LSE. Before taking up  this post she was Professor of Sociology, at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published The Media; Issues in Sociology (1992); Feminist Cultural Theory (1995); Formations of Class and Gender (1997); Class, Self, Culture (2004); Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety (2004)(with Les Moran) and Feminism after Bourdieu (2005)( with Lisa Adkins), and with Helen Wood, Reacting to Reality TV: Audience, Performance, Value (2012) and Reality TV and Class (2012). Between 2013-16 she was an ESRC Professorial Fellow working on a “sociology of values and value’ that included projects on the digital economy and use of Facebook and prosperity theology. Beverley was managing editor of The Sociological Review from 2011 until 2017 where she now hold the position of Editors at large.

Tom Slater is a Reader in Urban Geography at Edinburgh University. Tom has published widely on gentrification and territorial stigma in global contexts. His research focuses on: gentrification and displacement; urban inequality and marginality in comparative perspective; poverty, housing struggles and current welfare reforms; and the intentional production of ignorance (agnotology) by powerful institutions.

Robin Smith is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University. He has published a number of articles on qualitative methodology, membership categorisation practices, and the social organisation of everyday mobilities. Past projects have included participant observation with a team of street-based outreach workers, a study of social scientific reason in action, and video studies of cycling and walking. His current fieldwork finds him participating in the work of a mountain rescue team in the Brecon Beacons.

Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Director of Newcastle City Futures, an RCUK Innovate UK collaborative platform bringing together academics from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, with government officials, business and community representatives to co-design innovative projects across the city. He is also Newcastle University’s Chair of Town Planning and an internationally renowned authority on planning, land use, historic and contemporary urban change, and community participation in places. He was previously a Government Advisor on planning issues, was involved in both the Foresight Land Use Futures and Future of Cities projects, and was a member on the ESRC CASE awards panel. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and has been the recipient of visiting chairs at Berkeley, Hong Kong, Sydney, Shanghai, Seoul, Guadalajara, Nijmegen, Pretoria, Dublin and Malta. Mark has produced 14 books, and has led a number of major funded studies in the social sciences including The Impact of the EU on UK Planning (1996-98), Peripherality and Spatial Planning (1998-2000), Methodologies for National Spatial Planning (2000-1), Second and Holiday Homes in Wales and England (2001-3), Linguistic Impact Assessment (2003-4), Local Development Frameworks (2003-4), Effective Spatial Planning in Practice (2006-7), Land Use Futures (2008-10), Spatial Planning and Health (2009-11), and Newcastle City Futures (2014-). Recently, he was part of the Newcastle team that won the Treasury £40m funded National Innovation Centre for Ageing Science (NICA), and is co-investigator on the EPSRC £9m Centre for Digital Economies and CTD Digital Civics programme, and the RCUK InnovateUK £1.2m Newcastle City Futures Urban Living Partnership pilot. He is currently Chair of the Regional Studies Association.

Imogen Tyler is a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and is author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013). Imogen’s research is concerned with social inequalities (of multiple kinds), power, injustice and resistance. A Philip Leverhulme Prize (2015-2018) is supporting her current research on stigma, which includes a Sociological Review monograph (edited with Tom Slater) on the Sociology of Stigma (forthcoming 2018), a single-authored book provisionally entitled ‘Stigma Machines’ and a series of peer-reviewed journal articles.

Satnam Virdee is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Centre for Research on Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism (CRREN) at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on historical and contemporaneous intersections of class, race and national belonging. His most recent book ‘Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider’ (Palgrave 2014) reinserted the presence of racialized minorities into the history of the working class in England, and drew out the formative role they played in the struggles of that class for social justice and democratisation across two centuries. Currently, he is working on a new book entitled ‘Racism, Democracy and Capitalist Modernity’ which investigates the multiple, interlocking processes that contributed to the emergence and subsequent consolidation of the racialization of the modern world-system from its inception in the late 15th century.