Dr Alexander Seal
I joined the department in 2012 as a PhD student and then progressed into my role as a Teaching Fellow in 2015.
University roles and responsibilities
- Director of Employability and Internationalisation
My research interests centre on travel and tourism and using sociological theories to understand travel motivations and experiences. My PhD research looked at the motivations, experiences and aspirations of UK students studying for part of their degree abroad. My previous research has focussed on how the concept of ‘authenticity’ shapes people’s perception and experiences of travel and how travel decisions are linked with social class.
Postgraduate research supervision
I am interested in supervising postgraduate research projects that focus on areas around:
International student mobility
Social class and travel
Authenticity and travel
I welcome proposals from prospective students looking to do research into these areas.
I teach on the following modules within the department:
SOC1023 - Introduction to Classical Sociological Thinkers
SOC1039 - Introduction to Popular Culture
SOC2032 - Media, Power and Control
SOC2083 - Art, Popular Culture and Society
SOC3073 - Sociology of Travel and Tourism
Courses I teach on
Seal, A. (2016) ‘Thematic Analysis’, in Gilbert, N. and Stoneman, P. (eds.) Researching Social Life. London: Sage, pp.443-461