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Dr Imogen Tyler

Senior Lecturer

Imogen Tyler

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594186


PhD supervision

I welcome PhD applications in any of my areas of research. Please feel free to contact me to discuss preliminary ideas for PhD proposals or postdoctoral applications.

Current Teaching

join me on twitter @DrImogenTyler or in the real world term-time Tuesday mornings, Bowland North B Floor, CGWS coffee morning.


Senior Lecturer in Sociology 

Co-Director of the Centre of Gender and Women's Studies (with Celia Roberts)

Doctoral Director (with C.Roberts) for the Sociology Department (all programmes)

Lancaster pathway lead for  Sociology, Science, Technology, Innovation & Social Practices and Social Anthropology in the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre.

Departmental Equalities and Disabilities Officer

Website Strategy Officer

I currently teach all or some of the following courses:

  • MCS 101 Media and Cultural Studies
  • SOCL230 Bodies in Society 
  • SOCL314 Feminism and Social Change 
  • SOCL352 Dissertation Course (supervisor)
  • GWS 403 Feminist Cultural Theory


Research Interests

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, rights and welfare systems), the intersections of different histories and forms of inequality (for example, gender, citizenship status, disability). My work also considers how inequalities are measured and classified, the ways in which inequalities are reproduced & resisted and critically the kinds of subjectivities and identities which are constituted through unequal social relations. My research is multi-disciplinary and 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. This interdisciplinary context is crucial as one of the questions I am most interested in examining (and in my view one of the most important questions for the social sciences today) is "how and why publics consent to deepening inequalities"? That is "how is consent for inequality procured"? To approach this question requires analysis not only of the material conditions of inequality, but a much better understanding of how inequalites are produced and sustained through media and communication systems--  the political aesthetics of inequality.

In 2010 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and the major outcome of this fellowship is the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (London: Zed, 2013).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Revolting Subjects
1. Social Abjection
2. The Abject Politics of British Citizenship
3. The Asylum Invasion Complex
4. Naked Protest: Maternal Politics and the Feminist Commons
5. The Big Society: Eviction and Occupation
6. Britain and its Poor
7. The Kids are Revolting
Revolting Subjects: An Afterword

Through this research I have begun to develop a rich psycho-social account of the ways in which stigmatization operates as a form of governance that legitimates the reproduction and entrenchment of inequalities and injustices. I am now keen to find the time and funding to extend this work through a major new project on stigma and inequality provisionally entitled Wasted Generations: New Cultural and Political Economies of Stigma. This transnational project would extend my existing research on stigma and empoverishment in Britain to other national settings in the global north and south (including Asia and Africa). It would examine the impact the emergence of new cultural and political economies of poverty and stigma in a range of different local settings and in a range of registers, including government policy, local policy and services, and media cultures. This project would focus on three interlinked areas/populations: 1) young people, unemployment and workfare regimes  2) disability, welfare and hate crime and 3) irregular migrants and disciplinary citizenship regimes.

Asylum, Migrancy, Citizenship and Borders

I have published widely in this area 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). An edited book, Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY) will be published in 2014.

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 2012-2014 I will be running and participating an ESRC Seminar Series ‘Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention‘ with Dr Nick Gill (Exeter) (PI), Prof Mary Bosworth (Oxford), Dr Imogen Tyler (Lancaster), Dr Dominique Moran (Birmingham), Dr Alex Hall (York, UK). The final workshop in this series will take place in the North West of England in 2014. I am currently working with post-doctoral student,  Maja Sager on her project `Contested Boundaries. An ethnographic study of activist practices for the inclusion of excluded migrants in Sweden, Denmark and the UK’. (Centre for Gender and Womens Studies, Centre for Mobilities Research and the Sociology Department Lancaster & Lund University Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council and the European Union). 

Maternal Publics and Counter Publics

I have published widely in this area, most recently editing a special issue with Tracey Jesen (Newcastle) on the theme of Austerity Parenting (2012) and an issue of Feminist Review on `Birth' (2009). I sit on the editorial board of Studies in the Maternal and have been centrally involved with the development of MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) an international research network based at Birkbeck University. I have also recently completed (with Dr Celia Roberts and Dr Candice Satchwell) on a European-funded research project on Childbirth Organisations in the UK 2009-2011. I am in an ongoing colloboration with the arts organisation Birthrites and the artist Helen Knowles With Carol Kingdon, I am developing new research on the changing visual culture of birth and its implications in terms of women's expectations and experiences.

External Roles

 I am an external examiner for the BA in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University.

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

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

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

 Sociological Research Online http://www.socresonline.org.uk/

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

MAMSIE Board Member

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