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Researchers and visitors

Visiting Professors

Hans Christian Sørhaug

Professor Tian Sørhaug arrived at LSE as a Visiting Professor in October 2013 and should be with the Department until April 2014.  He is originally an anthropologist, now he is a professor of sociology at The University of Oslo. His long term interests have been in the interactions between power and trust and language in modern, formal organizations (both private and public). He has also dabbled in research on psychiatry, therapeutic relations, drug abuse and prostitution. The transformation of authority relations is a stable and long term concern. The last fifteen years or so he has focused on processes of leadership, the construction of authority, organizational variety and the transformations of basic relations between labour and capital in a globalized economy where information processing and knowledge are critical productive factors – “From on time to online”. Lately he has been interested in risk, complexity and organizational reforms. He has also been interested in the theory of money and the wider cultural implications of financialisation both in working life and in society at large (for instance psychiatry).

Tian’s research career has been disrupted by two periods of leadership, respectively of The Work Research Institute in Oslo (WRI) and of Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK) at The University of Oslo.

Visiting Fellows and Research Fellows

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|

Lisa Mckenzie

Dr Lisa Mckenzie joined the Department in October 2013 as a Fellow, working with Professor Mike Savage on the Great British Class Survey. Her research interests focus upon class inequality, space, place and community, and the theoretical and ethnographic work of Pierre Bourdieu.

Previously she won an Early Years Leverhulme Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham within the school of sociology and social policy. This research was a re-study of the 1970 Coates and Silburn St Anns 'Poverty' study, focusing upon the changing shapes of community, family, and belonging in contemporary Britain. This is a continuation of a four year study which was set on the St Anns council estate (public housing projects) in Nottingham focusing upon white mothers to mixed-race children, and the inter-relationships between class, race, gender, and place. Dr Lisa Mckenzie has been commissioned by Policy Press to write a monograph relating to the research in St Anns in Nottingham, expected publication January 2014.

Contact: l.l.mckenzie@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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