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Fellows, researchers and visitors

Awol Allo

Dr Awol Allo is LSE Fellow in Human Rights at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Department of Sociology. He holds degrees from Addis Ababa University (LLB) and the University of Notre Dame (LLM, International Human Rights Law) and completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow.

Prior to joining LSE, Allo was Lecturer in Law at St. Mary’s University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the course of the last five years, Allo has taught human rights and other courses at Universities of Addis Ababa, Glasgow and Strathclyde.

Allo’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of critical legal theory, human rights, international law and constitutional theory. His doctoral research focused on the tension between the normative and the performative dimensions of law and argues that the normative in law is a metaphysical placeholder for the performative. He is currently co-editing a book with Professor Emilios Christodoulidis on the legal thought of Nelson Mandela. For more see his Centre for the Study of Human Rights staff page|.

Contact: a.k.allo@lse.ac.uk|

Nigel Fielding

Nigel Fielding BA (Sussex) MA (Kent) PhD (LSE) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey and a member of the Governing Board of the UK Data Service (which operates the UK Data Archive). He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2002.   He is Visiting Professor in the Department from April-October 2014.  His research interests are in research methodology (research technologies, mixed methods), and criminology (policing, the courts). He joined Surrey in 1978 having previously worked at Hendon Police College, the University of West London, and LSE. Nigel was raised in the United States and retains many research contacts there and in Germany, France, Italy and Turkey. He is the author/editor of 24 books and over 65 peer reviewed journal articles.

Nigel’s current research in methodology has addressed the convergence in mixed methods between qualitative geography and qualitative sociology. This work focuses on mobile methods and on the application to urban settings of geo-referencing techniques in qualitative software packages. He also recently completed a study of ‘Digital Futures’ and emergent trends in social research, notably citizen research and indigenous research methods. In criminology, Nigel is completing a monograph on the contemporary police professionalization agenda, and is a co-investigator on the Systematic Review programme commissioned by the ESRC/College of Policing ‘What Works Centre for Crime Reduction’, where he has particular interests in incorporating mixed method studies into quantitative meta-analysis of criminal justice interventions. 

Contact: n.g.fielding@lse.ac.uk|  

Michael Gemperle

Michael joined the Department as a Visiting Fellow in August 2013. He is a post-doctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a term of three years.

During his stay at the Department of Sociology, Michael is working on the transformation of the nursing profession in the last four decades. The focus lies on the question, whether nurses’ value orientations have shifted over time and how this can be explained by changed social conditions. Dimensions are take into account such as the work environment, the educational career and qualification, the professional pathway, and the social origin. The project combines data collection by survey, qualitative interviews and archive work and comprises also secondary data analysis.

Michael’s PhD (2011) deals with the reception of Max Weber’s work in France. Michael was a visiting fellow at the Centre de Sociologie Européenne (EHESS/CNRS) from 2005 to 2007 and worked with Professor Franz Schultheis at the University of St. Gallen from 2007 to 2013. From 2010 up to July 2013, Michael coordinated the three-country project “In service of public goods” on the transformation of work in public services in the last two decades in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, under the direction of Franz Schultheis, Berthold Vogel (Hamburg) and Jörg Flecker (Vienna).

Contact: m.gemperle@lse.ac.uk|

Daniel Laurison

Daniel Laurison joined the Department in June 2013 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded for three years out of Professor Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship.

Background and research interests:

I earned my PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. I am interested in questions of how class and other aspects of social position shape people's perceptions of the world around them, especially when those perceptions work to reproduce existing inequalities. My research thus far has examined the ways social position shapes both the production and perception of political content; I am also interested in classed differences in individuals’ relations to and judgments of fields of cultural production and sets of cultural objects beyond politics. My PhD thesis was “Packaging Democracy: How Campaign Professionals Reproduce Political Inequality.” I showed that the standards by which electoral specialists judge both campaigns and each other are shaped by the particular culture of elite American politics, rather than direct responses to potential voters' beliefs or desires. I have also written on American public opinion and political participation. At LSE I am collaborating on projects examining social and cultural inequalities in Britain.

Contact: d.r.laurison@lse.ac.uk|

So Yeon Leem

Dr So Yeon Leem is a visiting research associate at the Department of Sociology at LSE. She had her doctoral degree in science and technology studies from Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea, and has worked for Science Culture Research Center of the Institute for Basic Science at SNU. She is currently preparing for manuscripts for publication based on her ethnographic study of plastic surgery in South Korea.

Contact: s.leem@lse.ac.uk|

Killian Mullan

Dr Killian Mullan joined the Department in January 2014 as Research Officer in Quantitative Social Research, working with Dr Ursula Henz on a project on fathering and time use:  

I’m interested in exploring the nature of family life through the manner in which different family members spend their time. One strand of my interest focuses on parents, in particular how mothers and fathers balance paid work and care (along with other domestic work) in varied social policy contexts. In this vein, I’m currently undertaking research into fathers’ involvement with children in the UK and in comparison with several other EU countries. A second strand of my research focuses on children. In this work, I view children’s time use as a mode through which we can understand more about their wellbeing and development. I’m especially interested in the interplay between socioeconomic factors and children’s time use, and the manner in which parents influence children’s day-to-day activities. Methodologically, I specialise in the secondary analysis of large-scale survey data (cross-sectional and longitudinal) using a wide range of quantitative statistical methods, and I’m keen to contribute to efforts to develop these skills within sociology.

Contact: k.mullan@lse.ac.uk|

Simon Parker

Dr Simon Parker is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Research (CURB|) and Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. His most recent book is Cities, Politics and Power (Routledge, 2011) and he is currently completing a second edition of Urban Theory and the Urban Experience due to be published by Routledge this year. Simon is also Debates and Developments Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research|. His research interests include comparative urban sociology and urban theory, socio-spatial informatics, and the politics of asylum and immigration. While Visiting Research Associate in Sociology at the London School of Economics, Simon will be working on a project entitled: ‘Narratives of collective identity, belonging and exclusion in London from the Age of Empire to the post-War Welfare State’. The study builds on Simon Parker’s previously published work on governmentality and material discourse and connects it to a more recent interest in the biopolitics of migration, border control and xenophobia. Given London’s unique geography and role in the history of British urbanisation and the control and representation of migrant populations, Simon hopes his research will shed light on continuities and differences between historical and contemporary debates surrounding diversity, cosmopolitanism and the right to the city. He would welcome the opportunity to meet with staff and research students with similar interests, and can be contacted at S.Parker3@lse.ac.uk|

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