Publics & Practices Members

Claes Belfrage : International political economy (case studies: the par excellence Social Democratic Swedish case; the crisis-struck Icelandic economy; and regional financial market integration in Europe and Latin America); economic aesthetics; research methodology.

Kathy Burrell :  Cultural geography; migration, mobilties, memory and material culture; Polish migration to the UK; aspects of belonging in an urban environment.

Peter Campbell : Cultural policy; social role of the ‘creative industries’; socio-economic urban regeneration; evaluation methods in this area.

Roy Coleman : Surveillance; urban renaissance projects; state formation; political economy of emotions.

Emma Curtin : Applying a background in architectural practice to exploring the role of activism in influencing the built environment.  Participation in democratic processes surrounding the built environment, such as the Public Inquiry to the closure of Library Walk, as well as projects which combine this with a more pro-active approach using unsolicited architectural proposals. 

Stefanie Doebler : Interested in analysing population data on ageing, wellbeing and health inequalities, also interested in ethnicity and religion, ethnic penalty and ethnic and-religious differentials in socio-economic inequalities; survey and quantitative methods.

Bethan Evans : Scholar-activist researching at the intersection of feminist, poststructural, post-medical, embodied, urban and children's geographies; (bio)politics of health and education policy; anti-obesity policy, fat activism; stories of the riots in Liverpool in 1981 and 2011.

Diane Frost : Ethnographic methodologies; resistance and resilience; West Africa (Sierra Leone); West African settlement in Liverpool.

Louise Hardwick : The impact of policies and practices on the lives of socially marginalised groups when accessing voluntary sector, health and social care services, including: people with chronic conditions; older people living in low-income communities; and asylum-seeking families. This is within the allied fields of social work and community-based action research.

Paul Jones : Sociology of architecture; the political-economy of the local; supermarkets, Private Finance Initiative, and conference sites associated with public sector reform.

Ciara Kierans : Anthropological research on medical technologies; biopolitics of organ failure in Mexico; political economy of health; ethnographic studies of scientific and medical knowledge production.

Andrew Kirton : Political economy of digital culture and society; digital surveillance and management of citizens as consumers and publics as markets; cultures of digital sharing.

Michael Mair: Politics, government and the state; methodology and philosophy of research; the politics of accountability in different settings; military investigations into friendly fire deaths; political economy of the local; methodological practice in the social sciences (qualitative, quantitative and ‘digital’ methods).

Gabe Mythen : Primary work lies in the area of sociological theory where I have sought to develop and advance critical approaches to risk and security. Present research interests include the iatrogenic effects of counter terrorism regulation; the social construction of counter 'radicalisation' strategy and the politics of military repatriation. My work is diffuse and cross-disciplinary, stranding across Sociology, International Relations, Criminology, Cultural Studies, and Politics sociological theory; critical approaches to risk and security; iatrogenic effects of counter terrorism regulation; social construction of counter 'radicalisation' strategy; politics of military repatriation.

Sara Nadin : Issues related to 'decent work', work life balance and the psychological contract; precarious self-employment; enterprise culture, austerity measures and in-work poverty; gender and entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship and the informal economy.

Kirsteen Paton : Urban Sociology and the Sociology of Class and Inequalities with a particular interest in the relationship between urban restructuring and class  restructuring, articulated through gentrification, housing inequalities and evictions; ethnographic methods which focus on the everyday, including visual methods and biographical and locational narratives.

Ruth Patrick : Participatory research into poverty and experiences of welfare reform; qualitative longitudinal research methodologies; social citizenship; the stigma of benefits receipt and poverty; social divisions of welfare; welfare conditionality and welfare-to-work policy interventions. 

Susan Pickard : Age, gender and health; the age system, age relations and age ideology as a vehicle for social inequality; intersections of gender with age; regulation of gender by the age regime; discourses around age and femininity; biomedicine, governmentality and approaches to health, illness and normality (for example the social construction of frailty and discourses around menopause).

Jude Robinson : Social anthropological approaches to health and well-being outside of conventional healthcare settings; critical public health; smoking and drinking behaviours of teenagers, women with young children and soldiers; gender; the transformative potential of arts and health.

Daniela Tepe-Belfrage : Feminist political economy and social reproduction; particularly interested in questions of family politics with a developing research focus on indebtedness.

Liz Turner : Public opinion and methods for researching opinion; the link between research methods and conceptions of the role of the citizen in contemporary democracies; policing and democracy; ethnographic approaches to contemporary police work; police culture; police discretion.

Nicole Vitellone : HIV/AIDS policy, prevention and education, in particular Safe Sex and Needle Exchange; the sociology of injecting drug use from the standpoint of the syringe; Harm Reduction policy; health prevention technologies; social practices; contemporary social theory; social science methods and methodologies.

David Whyte : Connections between law and corporate power; the regulation of business in a wide range of contexts (e.g. in the workplace conditions and in the political economy of war and conflict); ways that the law maintains and reproduces violence (e.g. as part of a ‘war on terror’ and as part of ‘austerity’ policies).