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Professor Imogen Tyler FAcSS

Head of Department, Professor of Sociology

Imogen Tyler

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594186

PhD supervision

I welcome PhD applicants in most areas of social inequalities: including projects on social class, migrants, refugees and borders, racism, sexism, welfare reform and social policy, disability. I am interested in decolonial approaches to social questions and problems, including historical sociological approaches. I am happy to supervise theoretical, qualitative sociological or cultural studies projects. Applicants should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, well-organised and have a strong academic track record.

Research Interests

I am a social theorist and sociologist. My teaching and research is concerned with social inequalities (of multiple kinds), power, injustice and resistance. 

In 2019, I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, an award granted by the Academy of Social Sciences to leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners of the social sciences. 

A Philip Leverhulme Prize (2015-2019) is supporting my current research project on stigma and power. The major outcomes of this project are: a Sociological Review monograph 'The Sociology of Stigma' (2018); a single-authored book 'Stigma Machines' (Zed, 2019);  a series of peer-reviewed journal articles; and a collaboration with the graphic artist Charlotte Bailey on a zine of my essay 'From Stigma Power to Black Power'. 

I am currently developing two new research projects:

  • "Deportation Nation" examines the genealogy of "Hostile Environment" policies vis a vis citizenship and migration. Linked to this, from June 2019 I will be mentoring Wellcome Trust Research Fellow Dr Gwyenth Lonergan in her 3-year project on ‘Migrant Women's Experiences of Maternity Care’.
  • "After Austerity" considers the future of social provision in the context of the erosion of the post-WWII British Welfare State. 

In 2017, Dr Tracey Jensen and I developed and taught a new final yr. UG course, Welfare States: Histories and Futures, which was awarded a faculty prize for student experience in 2018.

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

In 2010 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, the major outcome of which was the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013) which was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize for Radical Publishing.    


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


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