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Professor Imogen Tyler

Professor of Sociology

Imogen Tyler

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594186

PhD supervision

I welcome new PhD applicants in any areas of my research, applicants should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, well-organised and have a strong academic track record.

Research Interests

I was recently awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize which is supporting my current research project on stigma, power and inequalities (2016-2018). The major outcomes of this project will be a Sociological Review monograph on  'The Sociology of Stigma'  (2017) edited with Tom Slater, and a single-authored book provisonally entitled 'Stigma Nation' (in progress, Zed), along with a series of peer-reviewed journal articles.

In 2014 I was awarded a Lancaster University Staff prize for 'Oustanding Research in the area of Inequalities'

In 2010 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and the major outcome of this fellowship was the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (London: Zed, 2013) which was nominated for the Bread and Roses Prize for Radical Publishing,  a special issue of Citizenship Studies and an edited book on Immigrant Protest (see below). 

I am a social theorist and sociologist of inequalities and borders (of multiple kinds). My research is concerned with social inequalities, power, injustice and resistance. My work examines why inequalities exist, why inequalities are currently growing (for example, patterns of neoliberalism, marketization, privatisation and the erosion of democracy in the transition to postwelfare state formations), the intersections of different histories and forms of inequality (for example, gender, citizenship status, disability). My work is concerned with how inequalities are measured and classified, the ways in which inequalities are reproduced & resisted and the kinds of subjectivities and identities which are constituted through unequal social relations. I draw on a diverse body of scholarship in my work, notably from feminist theory, sociology, media and cultural studies, social and critical theory and political philosophy and I typically bring together and analyse diverse archives of materials, including primary empirical data, policy materials, and a range of cultural materials. It is intersectional research which employs mixed methods and draws together long-standing research interests in migration, internal and external borders, sexual politics, social class, "race" & ethnicity, disability and poverty, and an abiding interest in culture (cultural economies), representation, subjectivity, processes of mediation and political aesthetics.

Alongside work on class, culture, gender and inequality I have published widely in the area of borders, citizenship, migrancy and in 2009 I set up a cross departmental migrancy Research Group at Lancaster University. I have recently edited, with Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio University)  I have recently completed an ESRC funded project called 'Making Asylum Seekers Legible and Visible: An Analysis of the Dilemmas and Mitigating Strategies of Asylum Advocacy in the UK and US '.  During 2012-2015 I co-organised an ESRC funded series of events ‘Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention‘. The final conference in this series 'The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions' took place in Lancaster in Jan 2015.


External Roles


Journal editorial board member

The Sociological Review: http://www.thesociologicalreview.com/

Soundings : https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/soundings

Citizenship Studies: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ccst20/current

European Journal of Cultural Studies http://ecs.sagepub.com/

Feminist Media Studies http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rfm

I was on the advisory board of the ESRC project Celebrity Youth (The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations’).

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