Accepting PhD Students

    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)

    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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