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    PhD projects

    I am open to supervising PhD students with an interest in elites, media and communications, think tanks, corporate influence on public policy, Islamophobia and counter-terrorism, and neoliberalism and conservatism.

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    Contact Details

    Room: MB732(b)
    Phone: 0121 204 3332


    I am a sociologist with an interest in media and communications, elite institutions and networks, and the use of digital methods. I am the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016), a book which examines the BBC’s relationship with the state and the ways in which the rise of neoliberalism impacted on its organisational structure and culture. Among other things, I am currently working on a British Academy funded project using data from Who's Who to map the structure of the UK 'Establishment'.

    Research Interests

    • Media and Communications
    • Elites 
    • Think tanks and policy network
    • Sociology of knowledge and expertise
    • Counter-terrorism and Islamophobia
    • Digital methods, social network analysis, investigative research.

    Teaching Activity

    • Identities and Inequalities I (LK1009)
    • From Social Problems to Public Policies (LK1021)
    • Racisms (LK2030)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Sociology, University of Bath


    External positions

    Senior Research Fellow, De Montfort University Media Discourse Centre

    31 Oct 2015 → …

    Chair, Media Reform Coalition


    • HM Sociology
    • Elites
    • Media Communications
    • Corporate power
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Knowledge and Expertise
    • HT Communities. Classes. Races
    • Islamophobia


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