Sociology Alumni

  • Dr Thomas Sealy

    Sociology Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: Identity and belonging: Multiculturalism and British converts to Islam

    My research focuses on the issues of identity and belonging for British converts to Islam explored through narratives. I relate this to multiculturalism frameworks and debates in the context of Britain and am interested in religious identity, Islamophobia and processes of racialisation and ethnicisation, and religion and secularism.

    Research supervisors: Professor Tariq Modood, Dr Therese O'Toole

    Professional memberships/Positions held: BSA BRAIS South-West Reasearch Cooperative

    Email: ts14569@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • Dr Owen Abbott

    Sociology Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: November 2017

    Research topic: The relationship between ethical structures, self-identity and morality

    Research supervisors: Dr Nigel Pleasants

    Email: oja203@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Lewis Coyne

    Sociology Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    Department of Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: April 2018

    Research topic: A Defence of Hans Jonas’ Critique of Modernity and Ethic of Responsibility

    My Ph.D. is an original interpretation and qualified defence of Hans Jonas’ ethical, metaphysical, and political philosophy. Firstly, I argue that the purpose of his theoretical system is tackling three ills of modernity: nihilism, the ecological crisis, and the threat to human dignity posed by certain biotechnologies. Secondly, I argue that his means of doing so is the rehabilitation of key aspects of Aristotle’s thought. The end result is a framework of norms and political institutions for governance in light of the above concerns.

    Current position: I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. I am currently carrying out two research projects: the first is writing a monograph based on my Ph.D. thesis (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), and the second is developing a postdoctoral project on the meaning, value, and future of the human condition.

    Research supervisors: Professor Michael Hauskeller, Dr Edward Skidelsky

    Email: lc453@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewis-coyne-b66318125

    Website/Blog: https://exeter.academia.edu/LewisCoyne


  • Dr Magda Mogilnicka

    Sociology Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC +3)
    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: September 2018

    Research topic: How Polish immigrants to the UK encounter 'racial' and ethnic difference

    Research supervisors: Dr Jon Fox , Dr Therese O'Toole

    Email: mm13687@bristol.ac.uk


  • Dr Philip Sayer

    Sociology Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2012

    Research topic: A philosophical exploration of discourses which seek to prescribe acceptable forms of evidence for policy and governance

    Research supervisors: Professor Gregor McLennan, Professor Thomas Osborne

    Email: ps0532@bristol.ac.uk


  • Dr Natasha Carver

    Sociology Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Political Science and Sociology
    School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2011

    Research topic: Negotiating immigration regulations on marriage-related migration to the UK - a Somali case study

    Research supervisors: Dr Esther Dermott , Dr Katharine Charsley

    Email: lc1428@bristol.ac.uk