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Jonathan Beacham

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Research overview

My research interests sit at the intersection of the sociology of consumption and economic geography, informed particularly by the diverse economies framework. My doctoral research, also conducted here at Lancaster, focused on 'alternative' food geographies in a context of economic austerity. Consequently, I have ongoing interests in the geographies of food, social and political change, sociology of the environment and feminist political economy (particularly with reference to the Anthropocene and responses to it).

I also completed my MA Sociological Research here at Lancaster and, prior to that, completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds.

Thesis Title

Spaces of difference, spaces of possibility? An exploration of Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) in the austerity foodscape of the United Kingdom

Supervised By

Drs. Anne Cronin and Bron Szerszynski

Research Grants

My doctoral research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council 1 + 3 (MA + PhD) studentship.


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

MA Sociological Research (Distinction, Lancaster University)

PhD Sociology (Pass without corrections, Lancaster University)

SEDA Supporting Learning Award in Higher Education (Lancaster University)

Current Teaching

SOCL101 Introduction to Sociology (block on the futures of society, 2018/19 academic year)

SOCL200 Understanding Social Thought (guest lecturer, 2018/19 academic year)

SOCL315 Sociology of the Future (co-convenor with Dr Bron Szerszynski, 2018/19 academic year)

SOCL360 Independent Dissertation Project (2018/19 academic year)

SOCL521 Environment and Culture (co-convenor with Dr Bron Szerszynski, 2018/19 academic year)

SOCL949 MA Dissertation (2018/19 academic year)

Previous 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 was also a founding associate of the Institute for Social Futures here at Lancaster. Within the Institute, I was 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

I am the admissions lead for Sociology within the department.

Previously, I 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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