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


  • Alexandra Onofrei

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2017

    I look at Romanian minimal techno (rominimal) as a distinct concept of rave, community and affective environment. I investigate the co-emergences of identity and community as they come to be articulated in the rominimal scene.

    How does one make identity through and with rominimal? What social needs/conditions does it respond to and how is it sustained through mundane/ritual practices as a consistent and particular scene and community? I also look at how the identities and statuses of ‘expert’ and ‘fan’ are articulated in relation to each other, technology and global trends in electronic music.

    Research supervisors: Professor Mike Michael , Dr. Tom Rice

    Email: ao330@exeter.ac.uk

    Website/Blog: https://www.facebook.com/lexiamajora/


  • Anna Seecharan

    Sociology

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

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Food knowledge in migratory bodies: an embodied approach to taste/smell memories through time and space.

    My research focusses on embodied food practices and asks the fundamental question: where does food knowledge reside? I explore sensory perceptions (taste/smell in particular) and the role they play in locating experiences of food and eating within the body, while also going beyond the body to the mind in order to understand how sensory memories are implicated in the construction of selfhood and identity. Food is considered as a material substance through which cultural knowledge can be carried and reproduced. I will work with migrants to investigate how sensory taste/smell memories may enable food to provide a sense of continuity of bodily experience through spatial and temporal ruptures, and how shared embodied practices of food and eating might foster belonging.

    Research supervisors: Professor Harry G West, Professor Giovanna Colombetti

    Email: as1472@exeter.ac.uk


  • 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


  • Courtney Sommer

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Issues of ideology and legitimacy in Evidence-Based Medicine and Psychiatry

    My research explores the history and function(s) of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), focussing specifically on the impact of EBM on psychiatry and mental health policymaking. I will be doing so by exploring the ongoing periods of consultation in response to the NICE Guideline on Depression in Adults. The purpose of the project is to push thinking on EBM beyond methodological considerations, to encompass its ideological and discursive functions. Key questions I am asking myself are: What gets to count as evidence? What does it mean to be evidence-based? Why is it better to be evidence-based than not? What is the relationship between EBM and diagnostic psychiatry? I am particularly interested in the history of psychiatry, scientific authority, sociology of health and illness, mad studies, and feminist epistemology.

    Research supervisors: Dr Hannah Farrimond, Dr Angela Cassidy

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Co-founder of make space, a user-led collective creating spaces for more nuanced and generous conversations about self-harm (Twitter: @makespace_co) Advisor to Action To Prevent Suicide, organisation providing trainings and awareness around suicide intervention/prevention.

    Email: cmb232@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/courtney-sommer-250948a5/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtneysommer_


  • 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


  • Elis Jones

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: The value of coral reef research

    Research supervisors: Sabina Leonelli, John Dupre

    Email: erj205@exeter.ac.uk


  • Elizabeth Preece

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Cultural Capital and the Choir: A study of social stratification and the accumulation of cultural capital within choir schools and the Anglican choral tradition

    Research supervisors: Will Atkinson, Lee Marshall

    Email: ym18177@bristol.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/


  • Gavriel Nelken

    Sociology

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

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Controlling gangmasters: modern slavery, migrant farmworkers, and the fight against 'caporali' in Southern Italy.

    My research takes place at the intersection of critical migration studies and analyses of anti-trafficking. I will research the diverse array of policies, initiatives and campaigns set up by organisations as different as NGOs, trade unions, social responsibility offices of agribusiness companies, governments, and police force, that share the stated aim of fighting against caporalato, which is the “gangmaster system” that is allegedly responsible for the terrible living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers in the South of Italy.

    Research supervisors: Professor Bridget Anderson, Dr Manoj Dias-Abey, Julia O'Connell-Davidson

    Email: qy19652@bristol.ac.uk


  • Jennifer Wilcox

    Sociology

    PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter October 2019

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Is there a contagion effect to knife carrying/crime?

    My research aims to understand how knife carrying/crime spreads in England among young people aged 10 to 25 years, to investigate urban and rural vulnerabilities, to generate a new conceptual framing of the debate around knife carrying/crime with a view to developing strategies to address it. I am looking to utilise a public health approach that has been successfully employed in the US and Scotland as a method of violence prevention because it aims to provide the maximum benefit and impact for the largest number of people, it focuses on health and wellbeing of entire populations by drawing on a multi-disciplinary science base. I intend to use a mixed methods approach including social network analysis to identify if/how knife carrying/crime spreads through communities of youth.

     

    Research supervisors: Katharine Boyd, Jane Elliott

    Email: jw1012@exeter.ac.uk


  • 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/


  • Kayleigh Powell

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: A quantitative study of educational outcomes for autistic students across England

    Research supervisors: Jane Elliott, Alexey Bessudnov

    Email: kp338@exeter.ac.uk


  • 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


  • Maite Ibáñez Bollerhoff

    Sociology

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

    Start date: September 2019

    Research topic: Female Muslim Refugees’ Social Integration in Local Communities in Germany

    Research supervisors: Therese O'Toole, Katharine Charsley

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship Migration Mobilities Bristol

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maite-ibáñez-bollerhoff-115661145/


  • Max Perry

    Sociology

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

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: An Ethnography of The Medical Record: How Technology Enacts the Ontology of the Clinic Room.

    Drawing on 10 years’ experience working in the NHS my research will develop new understanding of the modalities through which technologies comes to bear on the production of knowledge, practice, and discourse in healthcare. Focusing on the everyday reality/experience of the ‘Medical Record’ and of record keeping I am interested in; (1) how knowledge is produced, recorded, and practiced (by patients, doctors, clinical scientists, nurses, administrators, managers etc.), (2) how technologies used in the construction of the record have a performative role in experiences of the Medical Record, and of how, (3) more broadly, we can/should consider the Medical Record an ontological object.

    Research supervisors: Dr Sveta Milyaeva, Dr John Downer

    Email: fh18214@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-perry-880960144/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/0404am


  • 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