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Jonathan Beacham

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Jonathan Beacham

B104 Bowland North Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YN


United Kingdom

Research overview

I completed my first degree in Sociology at the University of Leeds before coming to Lancaster. I finished my MA in Sociological Research in September 2014, with a dissertation focusing on the lived experience of time.

My doctoral research explores the politics of 'alternative' food in a context of economic austerity. More generally, my work is primarily informed by contemporary social and political theory and human geography, especially Italian autonomism, with particular interest in the work of Zygmunt Bauman, Theodor Adorno, Paul Virilio, Franco Berardi and Christian Marazzi.

Thesis Title

Austere alternatives? An exploration of the politics of 'alternative' food in the age of austerity

Supervised By

Drs. Anne Cronin and Bron Szerszynski

Research Grants

I am currently the recipient of an Economic and Social Research Council 1 + 3 (MA + PhD) studentship.

In July 2013 I was awarded the Wheeler Memorial Prize for Sociology at the University of Leeds, presented to the student with the highest academic achievement in the year.


BA (Hons) Sociology (First-class, University of Leeds)

MA Sociological Research (Distinction, Lancaster University)

SEDA Supporting Learning Award in Higher Education (Lancaster University)

Current Teaching

SOCL200 Understanding Social Thought (Michaelmas term, 2016/17 academic year)

SOCL218 Socio-cultural Approaches to Advertising (Lent term, 2016/17 academic year)

SOCL101 Introduction to Sociology (2014/15 academic year)

External Roles

I am an active member of the Bauman Institute, University of Leeds, and remain closely aligned to their research interests.

I am also a founding associate of the Institute for Social Futures here at Lancaster. Within the Institute, I am positioned on the 'Futures of Consumption' research agenda.

Outside of these roles, I am also on the board of reviewers for the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a member of the Northern Theory School and affiliate of the Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster. I am an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Additional Information

Previously, I have served as departmental student ambassador at the University of Leeds (2012/13), postgraduate representative for the MA Sociological Research programme (2013/14) and postgraduate representative for first year doctoral students and graduate teaching assistants (2014/15), both at Lancaster University.

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