Dr Lisa Mckenzie

I am currently working as a research fellow as part of the Great British Class Survey Team headed by Professor Mike Savage at the London School of Economics. My role on the team is specifically focused upon the group at the bottom of the class structure we have called the Precariat. Although my previous research has focused upon the poor working class previously, my current research interests especially relate to the precarious nature of particular groups in our society and the vulnerability they experience through insecure housing, work, social benefits, health care, and education. The current focus of my research is an East London neighbourhood, and the working class people who have lived there for many generations drawing upon the historic work of Wilmott and Young in the 1950’s.

As a researcher and an educator I am keen to develop research proposals, community collaborations and student projects focusing upon class inequality using a collaborative ethnographic approach. I am particularly interested in how research, teaching and community engagement can collaborate in paradigms of social justice through the use of higher education, and innovative research methodology.

My recent research funded by a Leverhulme Early Careers Award focused upon ‘masculinity and belonging within poor neighbourhoods’. An extension of the research from my PhD, an ethnographic study of the St Ann’s council housing estate in Nottingham focusing upon white mothers to mixed race children. Consequently my scholarly interests range widely, the theoretical influence within the PhD and the later research on masculinity was the work of Pierre Bourdieu, with particular influence relating to symbolic violence, capital exchange, and power relationships within neo-liberal structures.

My research interests are the continuation and development of research proposals focusing upon class inequality and council estates within the UK. This especially relates to those communities who are presently living through a period of adversity, as the consequences of the UK’s austerity measures have major impacts upon public services, housing and welfare entitlements.

In addition to my academic work at the LSE I am a political and social activist engaging with local community protests, and campaigns. I am also convener of the BSA Activism in Sociology Forum and I manage the LSE researching Sociology Blog.


2005-2009: PhD ‘Finding value on a council estate: complex lives, motherhood, and exclusion’: School of Sociology and Social policy, University of Nottingham
Examiners: Professor Gillian Paschal and Professor Beverley Skeggs
Supervisors: Dr Tony Fitzpatrick and Dr David Parker

2004-2005: Master's Degree in Research Methods, University of Nottingham

2001- 2004: BA Sociology and Social Policy Joint Honours

Journal articles

Mckenzie L. (2013) Narratives from a Nottingham council estate: A story of white working class mothers with mixed-race children Ethnic and Racial Studies Publication May 2013.

Mckenzie L. (2013) Foxtrotting the Riot: The slow rioting in Britain’s Inner City Sociological Research Online Special Issue: Collisions, Coalitions and Riotous Subjects: Reflections and Repercussions. Publication August 2013

Mckenzie L. (2012) Narratives from the inside: re-studying St Anns in Nottingham, Sociological Review Vol. (3), August 2012 457-476 Oxford: Blackwell

Single authored books

Mckenzie L. Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain.
Published by Policy Press. Publication January 2014. 

Chapters in edited books

Mckenzie L. (2012) Finding value on a council estate: Voices of white working mothers with mixed-race children in St Anns, Nottingham in International perspectives on racial and ethnic mixedness and mixing. Edited by Edwards R, Ali S, Caballero C, Song M: Routledge:

Mckenzie L. (2012) The stigmatised and de-valued working class: the state of a council estate in Class Inequality in Austerity Britain: Power, Difference and Suffering edited by Atkinson W. Roberts S. Savage M. Palgrave

Thinking Allowed Interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jhdh1|  


  Lisa Mckenzie