Identities, diversities and the life course

The research of the members of this group can be understood as broadly focusing on contemporary social life and personal lives. Interest in the cultural, economic, spatial and social diversities of these connects the research of the sociologists in this group.

Our research interests

In particular group members have expertise in one or more of the following fields:

  • Childhood
  • Community and belonging
  • Environmental practices
  • Ethnicities, race and migrations
  • Gender
  • Generation and transition
  • Health and well-being
  • Later life and ageing.
  • Sexual identities
  • Sociology of Sleep
  • Student identities
  • Youth sub cultures

Members of this research group have track records in funded empirical research in these fields and details of these are listed here and much of the research related to the group engages with a range of policy-connected and policy relevant questions. The internationally recognised research centre - Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) – is linked to the Identities, Diversities and the Life Course research group.

Current and recently completed funded research projects

Sara Arber, Rob Meadows, Sue Venn

SomnIA: Optimising Sleep of Quality among Older People in the Community and Care Homes, ESRC-funded, 2006-2011.

Rachel Brooks

The changing role of student union leadership and its impact on the student experience, funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education September 2012-December 2013.

Kate Burningham

Lifestyles, Values and Energy Consumption (RESOLVE) and the ESRC, Defra and Scottish Government funded Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) in which she is leading a qualitative longitudinal project Exploring Lifestyle Changes in Transition (ELiCiT).

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Jon Garland

Understanding Experiences of Hate Crime Victimisation and Expectations of Criminal Justice Responses, ESRC-funded, September 2012-September 2014.

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Paul Hodkinson

The Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, AHRC-funded, August 2013-July 2015.

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Andy King

Older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transpeople: minding the knowledge gap, ESRC-funded, February 2013-February 2015

Putting policy into practice: improving services for older LGB people in Tower Hamlets, London and beyond. ESRC Knowledge Exchange and London Borough of Tower Hamlets-funded, Nov 2010-October 2011.

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Victoria Redclift

Intra-minority relations and transnational political space: North Indian Muslims in Bangladesh and the UK, British Academy/Leverhulme funded, April 2013-August 2014.