107-111 Princess Road East
School of Media, Communication and Sociology
University of Leicester
I’ve have several lives at the University of Leicester. The first was as a sociology Undergraduate and then PhD Student in the 1990s, then as a Lecturer in the Centre for Labour Market Studies (CLMS) from 1996–2005, then rather more recently (since 2013), as a Professor of Sociology and now Head of the School of Media, Communication and Sociology. At Leicester, I developed an interest in the work of Norbert Elias and his ‘figurational’ or ‘process sociology’. That’s an interest I’ve applied to such areas as the long-term development of smoking; to work, emotions and identity; and more recently to e-cigarette use among young people. I have expertise relating to the sociology of health and consumption; innovative qualitative research methods; and on the relationship between theory and research. I have published widely in relation to these interests, please see my full details here.