Sociology

  • Aimee Middlemiss

    Sociology

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Contested personhood in Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss in Britain

    In England, the loss of a pregnancy in the Second Trimester, after 13 weeks’ gestation but before legally defined foetal viability at 24 weeks, often entails a process of labour, birth, and the possibility of an encounter with a recognizably formed foetal body. The ambiguity of this ending of a pregnancy, which is medically and legally defined as a miscarriage, but which some women experience as a stillbirth or neonatal death, places women in a liminal area in which this life event is not socially acknowledged. In this context, some women may make powerful claims to motherhood and the personhood of the foetus/baby that died. Others may wish for acknowledgement of loss which does not depend on defining themselves as mothers, or their foetuses as babies. My PhD is investigating women’s experiences of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss in the South West of England using qualitative interviewing and ethnographic fieldwork. It draws on both reproductive sociology and anthropology to try to understand the interaction between personal experience and legal, medical, and other social discourse in this type of pregnancy loss.

    Research supervisors: Professor Susan Kelly, Dr Katharine Tyler

    Email: am933@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/almiddlemiss


  • Celia Plender

    Sociology

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: ‘Self-help by the people!’ Politics, morality and change in British food co-ops

    My research focuses on the changing nature of retail food co-ops in the UK, their political practices, social dynamics and visions of a better food system.

     

    Food is a productive lens through which to view the political and economic processes which have formed the contemporary food system, informed common-sense thinking about it, and impacted the lives and social worlds of the inhabitants of contemporary Britain. It can be used to enact visions of a more caring/moral political and economic system through the practices and structures of alternative initiatives such as co-ops. By analysing these visions my research explores contemporary British perceptions of concepts such as morality, citizenship and welfare.

    Research supervisors: Professor Harry West, Dr Charles Masquelier

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter SOAS Food Studies Centre, London

    Email: cp525@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dan Godshaw

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: (Im)mobile masculinities at the border: identity, power and personal relations in UK Immigration Removal Centres

    My doctoral research seeks to better comprehend the under-researched terrains of masculinity and immigration detention in the UK and explore the gendered, inter sectional and multi-scalar dynamics of identity, power and personal relations that operate in these hidden carceral spaces. By developing recent theory on masculinities and detention, the project will expand understandings of gender, transnational migration and belonging. The research design – a qualitative mixed methods engagement with people inside and outside of detention – will enable me to examine how everyday lived experiences in detention are tied to broader gendered issues including state power and citizenship, border controls and the international securitisation of migration.

    Research supervisors: Dr Katharine Charsley, Dr Naomi Milner

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Migration Research Group, Gender Research Centre, Citizenship and Ethnicity Centre, Gender Reading Group Co-Convenor, Refugee Tales Organisational Committee

    Email: dan.godshaw@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanGodshaw


  • Eimear McLoughlin

    Sociology

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Slaughterhouse Culture: An Ethnography of Animal Slaughter in Denmark

    The visibility of animal slaughter in Denmark contrasts starkly with the modes of concealment typical of slaughterhouses in industrialised societies. The public can enter a pig slaughterhouse and tour the facility, tracking the animal from the slaughterhouse gate to the dinner plate. Interestingly, Denmark boasts one of the highest meat consumption rates in the world. This transparency of animal slaughter transcends the slaughterhouse to other arenas of animal consumption. My ESRC-funded PhD will involve a 13-month ethnographic fieldwork wherein I will interrogate Danish cultural attitudes towards animals and explore how these are influenced by visibility of animal consumptive practices.

    Research supervisors: Dr Julien Dugnoille, Professor Henry Buller, Professor Harry West

    Email: e.mcloughlin@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://ie.linkedin.com/in/etmcloughlin

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/eimeartf

    Website/Blog: http://eimearmcloughlin.weebly.com


  • Elena Sharratt

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Embodiment and intersubjectivity within the online ‘Transabled’ community.

    My research focuses on the online ‘transabled’ community. Often described as suffering from ‘body integrity identity disorder’ (or BIID), the individuals who make up this community share the collective desire to amputate a healthy limb, feeling that it does not belong to them. Informed by posthumanist, ANT and STS perspectives, I am investigating the ways in which being part of an intersubjective community shapes the narratives that surround this phenomena and how the experience of digitally mediated sociality informs notions of the body as hybrid and (re)makeable.

    Research supervisors: Professor Susan Kelly

    Email: es488@exeter.ac.uk


  • Florian Abraham

    Sociology

    PhD Researcher in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology (ESRC +3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences

    Start date: October 2017

    Research topic: Uranium Mining in Greenland

    The proposed Kvanefjeld mine in Greenland is estimated to be one of the largest Rare Earth Elements and uranium deposits in the world. Protests led by environmental NGOs emerged due to its potential impacts on the environment.

    I will address the reasons why this mine gathered attention whereas similar projects have not: the role played by the uranium in the emergence of the conflict will be investigated.

    Although contributing to the green economy, potential environmental impacts suggest that this green economy would be developed through ‘not so green practices’. I will question how the green economy is defined and address this paradox.

    Research supervisors: Professor Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Professor Frances Wall

    Email: f.abraham@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/florian-abraham-89570627/


  • Jessica Fagin

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Of Meat and Men: Policy, Class and Gendering Heritage in British Slaughterhouses

    My research asks what the concealed British slaughterhouse can reveal about class, gender and race as we shift through the legislative transitions of Brexit. Through multisited ethnographic fieldwork, it aims to articulate the effects of policy, regulation and heritage economies as potentially amplifying social divisions, complicating notions of nationhood and perceptions of meat consumption and production. This will focus on issues of masculinity and articulations of craft and manual labour along the British meat commodity chain. Previous fieldwork, as part of my Masters in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS, London, included Smithfield meat market, smallholdings, artisanal producers and butcher shops.

    Research supervisors: Professor Harry G. West , Dr. Katherine Tyler

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Centre for Rural Policy Research

    Email: jf500@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-fagin-81b33514/


  • Louise Toller

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: Liminal illness: the experiences of young people with ME.

    My interest lies in edges and boundaries, intersections and overlaps, and how we treat the people and things that inhabit these fuzzy, uncertain areas.  I am currently exploring these issues in relation to chronic illnesses, especially conditions that are unpredictable, invisible, and/or contested.  Such conditions refuse to conform to binary understandings of the world, making them difficult for us to conceptualise, understand, or even believe in.

    My research focuses on ME/CFS in young people, and the impact that uncertainty and ambiguity has on their lives.  This includes its episodic character, issues of in/visibility, dis/ability, and medical/classificatory ambiguity, and social responses.

    Research supervisors: Dr Hannah Farrimond, Professor Susan Kelly

    Email: lt328@exeter.ac.uk


  • Magda Mogilnicka

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2013

    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


  • Rosie Nelson

    Sociology

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC +3)
    University of Bristol, SPAIS

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Bisexuality/Nonmonosexuality, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Social Justice Movement: A Queer Qualitative Intervention.

    I am studying bisexuality/nonmonosexuality. Bisexual and queer studies suggest that nonmonosexual orientations experience monosexism and biphobia which alienates them from both heterosexual and homosexual spaces, leaving them with no communities to share experiences. My research proposes to interview bisexuals/nonmonosexuals in order to assess how they experience biphobia and monosexism in heterosexual and homosexual spaces. This will inform guidelines which I will put in place in an LGBT organisation with later interviews to assess the efficacy of this intervention.

    Research supervisors: Dr Therese O’Toole, Dr Maud Perrier

    Email: rosie.nelson@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosie-nelson-59825540

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/roropanolo


  • Sarah Fakray

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: The gendered experiences of destitute irregular migrants in the UK

    Research supervisors: Professor Bridget Anderson, Dr Jon Fox

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Migration Research Group; Gender Research Centre; Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

    Email: sf12918@bristol.ac.uk


  • Thomas Sealy

    Sociology

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

    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