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Dr Imogen Tyler Co-Director Centre for Gender & Women's Studies

Senior Lecturer

Imogen Tyler

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594186


PhD supervision

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

Current Teaching

I currently teach all or some of the following courses:

  • MCS 101 Media and Cultural Studies
  • SOCL 230 Bodies in Society 
  • SOCL 314 Feminism and Social Change 
  • GWS 403 Feminist Media & Cultural Theory (running as feminist activism summer school 2015)


Research Interests

In 2014 I was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize and from 1/9/15  these prize funds will support the research on my new project on stigma and inequality in postwelfare states provisionally entitled The Stigma Doctrine. 

All 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 systems), 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. My research criss-crosses the arts and social sciences. It is intersectional work 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, representation, processes of mediation and political aesthetics.

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

I have also 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) a special issue of Citizenship Studies on `Immigrant Protest`(2013) and Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY) 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 am participating an ESRC Seminar Series ‘Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention‘. The final conference in this series 'The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions' will take place in Lancaster in Jan 2015.


External Roles

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

Journal editorial board member

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

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

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

Studies in the Maternal http://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk/

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