Aims and Interests

Our group includes colleagues from a variety of disciplines, including Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Public Health, Geography, and International Political Economy. Together we address a wide range of research topics, focusing between us on such diverse matters as material cultures and object histories; politics, government and the state; the discourse of creativity; state violence; architecture; embodiment and politics; digital technologies and sharing; emotions; financialisation; migration and mobilities; political economy and the visual; gender, arts and health policy.


We draw most heavily from intellectual traditions in sociology and anthropology - with particular interests in science and technology studies/analyses of material cultures – and our focus is underpinned by theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded studies. In short, a common interest for cluster members lies in sociological and anthropological approaches to the study of culture, politics, and economics. This interest binds us together in our aims of:

  • Conducting robust theoretical and empirical investigations which produce high-quality, critically engaged publications,
  • Hosting thought-provoking conferences and events which attract both academics and interested members of the wider community,
  • Holding regular reading group meetings where members discuss classic and new ideas and texts of relevance to our shared interests.