Sociology Alumni

  • 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

    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: 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


  • 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


  • 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