Biography

I completed a B.A. (Hons) in Political Sociology, an M.Sc. in Sociological Research, and a Ph.D. in Sociology, all at Lancaster University between October 2006 and July 2013. My postgraduate studies were funded by the ESRC.

In August 2013, I moved to the Sociology Department at the University of Manchester and taught (amongst others) a course on the Sociology of Consumption developed by colleagues working in the Sustainable Consumption Institute. During this time I applied some of the ideas that I had worked on in my doctoral thesis to understanding issues in public health and to the preparation of a project on how large institutions, like hospitals, make patterns of demand for energy and travel.

In September 2015, I was appointed to one of Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary Lectureships and moved back to the Sociology Department at Lancaster. Over the last two years, I have worked on the Institutional Rhythms project and on various other projects as part of the DEMAND Centre.

This year I’m building on the outcomes of the hospital project to investigate other dimensions of the timing and flexibility of energy demand and I’m also developing a research agenda around practice theoretical approaches to public health; I’m teaching a first-year block on consumption, a second-year block on Marx, and a postgraduate course on research projects in practice; and I’m also part of the department’s admissions team.

When I’m not working, I enjoy keeping fit, practising martial arts, and trying to read philosophy!

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