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    PhD projects

    I am open to supervising PhD students with an interest in elites, upper classes, corporate influence, action and harms, media and communications, think tanks, neoliberalism and conservatism.

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    Contact Details

    Room: MB732(b)
    Phone: 0121 204 3332


    I am a sociologist with an interest in digital methods, social network analysis and investigative research. My work is in two overlapping areas: media and communications and elites. In both, I am concerned with examining powerful organisations and networks. I am particularly interested in critical examinations of economic and political elites, and the use of computational methods to research corporate influence, action and harms. I am the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service, 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. 

    Research Interests

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

    Teaching Activity

    • Racisms (LK2030)
    • Digital Methods for Social Science and Humanities (LK2041)
    • Elites (LK3042)

    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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