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Dr James Cronin

Lecturer

James Cronin

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building

LA1 4YX

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 510663

PhD supervision

I supervise PhD students in the broad areas of consumer culture theory (CCT), transformative consumer research (TCR), social marketing, and food studies. I am particularly receptive to students who demonstrate an appreciation for novel and interpretive approaches to research and share an interest in contemporary consumer experiences. I especially welcome work that centres on the micro-cultural experiences of consumers and the social influences that impact upon consumers' identities, relationships and/or well-being. My current doctoral students contend with a number of exciting conceptual issues that vary from consumer resistance to forms of escapist behaviour using a broad suite of qualitative methods. Their contexts of interest range from studying the functions that binge-watching TV series serve consumers to unpacking how communities make sense of controversies within the food marketplace.

Research Interests

James is a lecturer with the Department of Marketing at Lancaster University Management School and is Deputy Director of the LUMS Centre for Consumption Insights. His principal research interests are in the sociological aspects of consumer behaviour, health and wellbeing. James is also interested in issues related to people's day to day encounters with the marketplace including their grocery shopping and their parasocial relationships with celebrities and celebrity brands. Much of his research focuses on how social structures and interactions between people shape their consumption experiences and objectives. In order to explore these theoretical areas, James has used a wide variety of qualitative research methods.

His work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals including Sociology of Health & Illness, European Journal of Marketing, Marketing Theory, Journal of Marketing Management and Consumption, Markets & Culture.

  • James was awarded the prize for 'Best Competitive Paper Award' at the 2016 Consumer Culture Theory Conference in Lille, France.
  • James' work was given an honourable mention for excellence at the 2017 Interpretive Consumer Research Workshop in Stockholm Business School, Sweden. 

My Role

James joined the Department of Marketing at LUMS in January 2013 as a Lecturer in Marketing and Consumer Culture. James previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the Department of Food Business & Development at University College Cork in Ireland where he studied the food environments and contexts of adult Irish consumers. 

Besides lecturing on brand management and consumer culture across a range of courses within BSc, MSc and MBA programmes, James provides an executive function as Deputy Director within the LUMS Centre for Consumption Insights.

Additional Information

EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT & KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

Recent Media Publications

Cronin, J. (2017), "Back in time for Christmas dinner: the modern desire for a bygone age", The Conversation, 22nd December.

Cronin, J. (2017), “The shopping experience is out of date”, The Grocer, 23rd February.

Cronin, J. (2016), “Why novelty dining experiences are just another way of getting high”, The Conversation, 27th June.

Cronin, J. (2016), “How sauerkraut is leading a food revolution”, The Conversation, 15th June.

Cronin, J. (2016), “Nutripocalypse: The Nutrition Labelling Overload”, Huffington Post, 11th May.

Cronin, J. (2016), “Predicting a Sugar Tax Blowback”, Huffington Post, 19th April.

 

Provided expert commentary to the media

Quoted in Waitrose Weekend (2016) article “How the Internet feeds on our love of food” (pp.8-9) on 10th November

Quoted in The Times’ (2016) special report on “Spotlight on sustainable packaging” (pp.8-9) on 16th June, available through Raconteur at: http://raconteur.net/business/spotlight-on-sustainable-packaging

Quoted in The Times’ (2015) special report on “How to measure the value consumers place on a brand” (pp.8-9) on 28th April, available through Raconteur at: http://raconteur.net/business/how-to-measure-brand-value

Current Teaching

James teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, specialising in brand management, brand strategy and issues pertaining to consumer culture. His teaching takes a critical and cultural approach to the brand-related activities of organisations and seeks to encourage a more mindful, socially-aware understanding of the role of brands in contemporary consumer culture. 

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