Please see below for a list of current research students. The information is supplied by the students themselves and may not be up-to-date or complete in all cases.
UPDATE 2014: Students have been asked to supply fuller information about themselves for the 2014-15 academic year so these longer entries are current. To update your details, be added to or removed from this list, please email Anna Johnston: email@example.com.
Scroll down or click on link above for a list of the people who completed their theses and were awarded their doctorates from 2011. Most of their theses, and some from previous years, are available to read online from LSE Theses Online (Sociology).
If you are considering applying to LSE to join the Sociology PhD programme and have further questions, you may email any of the people listed here. See our Study pages for more information about studying in the Department, or for information on being a research student at LSE see Research Degrees Unit.
Ariztia-Larrain, Tomas Andres
Title/topic: My new house in the suburbs: a material culture of the Chilean middle class
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Title/topic: Tales of a Twenty-First Century 'Revolution' in the Making: Rethinking the relationship between framing, practice and materiality in Uruguay's CEIBAL programme.
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Title/topic: A study of individualisation and culture: true narrative interviews with three generations of Chilean families
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Research topic: The Armenian Issue in Turkey: A Study of Nationalism(s) and Media Representations
Supervisor: Prof Mike Savage
Description: My research aims to address the ways in which a thorny issue of Armenians in Turkey becomes a site of contestation and negotiation for nationalism(s). By employing critical discourse analysis of the Turkish national newspapers and semi-structured interviews with Armenians this qualitative study points out the discursive formation of nationalism(s) in the media along with the perceptions and experiences of Armenians as an ethnic-religious minority group in Turkey.
Research interests: nationalism and national identity, race and ethnicity, qualitative methodology, sociology of media, hate speech and hate crime, sociology of memory.
Personal information: Bengi Bezirgan obtained a B.S degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University and completed European Studies minor program in the Department of International Relations in 2007. She holds a M.S degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University. She is currently a PhD candidate in her fourth year.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Title/topic: Actors, practices and network of corruption: the case of Romania's accession to EU funds
Title/topic: A Bear in the Bull market: an investigation into criminal corporate/state actors in Post-Soviet Russia and the methodology used by them to subvert the international financial system
Title/topic: “Learning to learn for a lifetime of change”: Pedagogy, Governance and Citizenship Formation in Secondary Education
Supervisor: Dr Suki Ali
Research topic: The configuration of the Street Food Scene in London.
Supervisors: Dr. Don Slater and Prof. Mike Savage.
Description: My research focuses on cultural production, creative processes and trading practices from an ethnographic approach, considering the emergence of street food as a subcultural scene and a cultural industry that assemblages in a particular form in urban space; where market organisers, traders and other actors develop cultural goods as material and non-material elements to create, negotiate and transform a local scene.
Research interests: cultural sociology, urban sociology, material culture studies, creative industries, media and technology.
Personal information: Paz holds a BA in Anthropology (Universidad de Chile) and a MSc in Culture and Society (LSE). She has five years of experience in Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) working for the Chilean government and in freelance consultancy. She’s been interested in digital communication practices and urban spaces; in her PhD research she expects to get a deeper understanding of the relationship between cultural production and place making.
Contact: P.M.Concha@lse.ac.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruz, Victor Manuel
Title/topic: 'Metaphysics in the Dark': UK electronic dance music after the 'digital revolution'
Supervisors: Dr Don Slater and Prof Paul Gilroy (KCL)
Title/topic: Cities on the Path to 'Smart'
Supervisors: Prof Fran Tonkiss and Dr Don Slater (PhD Cities)
Dawes, Antonia Lucia
Title/topic: Naples in the Age of the Spider: Talk and Everyday Negotiations of Difference
Supervisor - Dr Suki Ali and Professor Paul Gilroy (KCL)
Research topic: Sharing Economy
Supervisor: Prof Nigel Dodd
Description: A critical exploration of the ‘sharing economy’ movement: is it a sustainable alternative system or capitalism entering new markets?
Research interests: economic sociology, system change, alternative economic movements, social movements, gift economy, collaboration, commons.
Personal information: Originally from Italy, I came to the UK for my undergraduate (B.A in Human Sciences from Oxford), followed by an MSc in Environmental Technology (i.e. sustainable development) from Imperial College London, and am now in my 1st year of the PhD in Sociology.
Title/topic: 'Freedom is a lifestyle choice' : U.S. cultural diplomacy and African-American popular culture in times of war
Title/topic:Deconstructing Race - Empowering Subjectivities: A Sociopsychological Framework of Racialisation (in view of Anti-Islamic Racism), Racial Awareness Training and Empowerment in Germany
Filipe, Angela Marques
Title/topic: Beyond clinical reasoning: Practices of disambiguation in child mental disorders
Title/topic: Engineering biology or biologising engineering? Epistemic cultural dynamics in the emergence of synthetic biology
Title/topic: Social movement framing and the 'American Dream': A case study of the U.S. labour movement
Supervisor: Dr Robin Archer
Title/topic: Understanding Radicalization: Party Articulation and Popular Receptions of the Crisis in Greece Since 2010
Hamilton, R. Alexander
Title/topic: Governing through risk: Synthetic biology and the risk management process
Title/topic: Markets and mediators: Entrepreneurs and product markets
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Research topic: Economic inequality
Supervisors: Prof Mike Savage and Dr Sam Friedman
Description: Katharina’s PhD focuses on economic inequality and how it is understood by individuals situated at the top end of the income distribution. Katharina is interested in research methods and social science research on inequalities, in particular the intersections of economic inequality and inequalities of class, gender and ethnicity.
Research interests: economic sociology, top incomes, income inequality, wealth inequality and social stratification.
Personal information: Katharina is a second year PhD student, and a class teacher for SO102 Statistics in Society and MY451/MY551 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis. She holds degrees in Social Policy and Sociology (BSc) from the LSE, in Research (MRes in Sociology) from Goldsmiths, University of London and in Business Administration (BA) from Fachhochschule Vorarlberg, Austria. Previously, Katharina has worked as a research assistant at LSE Health and Social Care and as an auditor at KPMG, London.
Title/topic: An ethnographic study of new Muslim identity formation in inner-city Birmingham, UK.
Title/topic: The representation of absence: coming to terms with forced disappearance in the Southern Cone
Supervisor: Dr Claire Moon
Research topic: Profit, Power, and Governance: Bazaar Traders and the State in Pakistan
Supervisor: Dr Michael McQuarrie
Description: My research explores regimes of governance that emerge through the interaction between the state and the intermediate classes in urban Pakistan.
Research interests: State-Society Relations; Democratization and Urban politics in the Global South.
Personal information: Contribute political commentary to a number of publications in Pakistan and India, such as The Friday Times, Herald, and Economic and Political Weekly. Currently a columnist and feature writer for Pakistan's largest English language newspaper, DAWN.
Title/topic: Legal Construction as Social Construction: Victimhood and Culpability in the Commercial-Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Supervisors: Dr Suki Ali and Dr Hakan Seckinelgin
Title/topic: Network, representation, and discourse on stem cell research: UK and South Korea
Supervisor: Dr Martin Bauer
Title/Topic: The Social Value of Social Enterprise: An ethnographic study of the value creation of two social enterprises in Ghana
Supervisors: Dr Don Slater & Dr Nigel Dodd
Title/Topic: Fuzzy boundaries: Whitehead & social thought
Supervisor: Dr Carrie Friese & Dr Michael Halewood
Title/topic: Inside the Regulated Organisation: How banks manage regulation and the regulator in a changing regulatory environment.
Supervisor: Professor Bridget Hutter, Professor Julia Black
Littlejohn, Naomi Maya
Topic: Post-16 educational engagement and achievement in inner-city London
Supervisor: Suki Ali
Research topic: Understanding digital connectivity – reconceptualising work
Supervisor: Professor Judy Wajcman
Description: Today’s world and our lived experiences are increasingly permeated by digital connectivity, facilitated by technologies such as the internet, social media and smartphones. We connect to family, friends and work from anywhere, anytime. My research investigates the phenomenon of connectivity and its consequences at work in a case study of a large multinational organization.
Research interests: Sociology of Work, Organization Studies, Gender, Information Systems, Science and Technology Studies, Media & Communication Studies
Personal information: I am a German born PhD student with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) from Lancaster University and a Master of Research in Digital Innovation also from Lancaster University. I have lived, studied and worked in Germany, the US, Spain and the UK.
Lorenzo, Maria Beatriz
Title/topic: The Real Crisis: A sociological in-depth network perspective of the decision to buy property in Sapin 2000-2010.
Supervisors: Dr Nigel Dodd
Title/topic: Healing Ourselves: Subjectivation in Cancer Complementary Self-Help
Title/topic: Discourses of resistance among online anti-New World Order conspiracy theory communities
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Title: In Suspension: the denial of the right to the city for Palestinians in Israel and its effects on their socio-economic, cultural and political formation - the case of Umm El-Fahem.
Supervisor: Professor Paul Gilroy (KCL)
Research interests: urban, political and visual sociology, social and political movements, cultural studies, (post)colonialism and multiculturalism.
Research topic: Exploring the views of a post-communist public towards victim offender mediation: A case study of Poland.
Supervisors: Professor Bridget Hutter, Dr Janet Foster
Description: Victim offender mediation (VOM) was implemented in Poland on the principles of restorative justice. My doctoral research relates to attitudes of ordinary members of the public in Poland to different crimes, sanctions and VOM insofar as these attitudes can shed light on the acceptability of restorative approaches to justice. In my view Poland, as a former socialist, post-transformation and currently one of the European Union countries, offers a unique set of contexts to examine the viability of restorative justice interventions. I consider those peculiarities of the Polish case as an opportunity for unique qualitative research.
Research interests: restorative justice, sociology of punishment, penal labour, court interpreting and research methods.
Personal information: Prior to beginning my Ph.D. I was working as a Research Assistant at Kingston University & St George’s University of London and Anglia Ruskin University. I was involved in a number of research projects that considered i.a. domestic violence, family interventions. Alongside my doctoral studies I have worked as a qualified court and police interpreter in England and Wales.
Title/topic: Global Border Walls
Supervisor: Professor Paul Gilroy (KCL)
Research topic: Fish culture: the origins and development of a modern reproductive technology
Supervisors: Dr Carrie Friese and Professor Charis Thompson
Description: The origins of contemporary forms of intensive husbandry of aquatic organisms lie in the nineteenth century. My research explores the social, material and economic circumstances of their emergence and development. Studying “fish culture” as an innovative reproductive technology, I explore how it was constructed in relation to specific social worlds and material practices, including a focus on the infrastructures and institutions necessary to establish a market in living farmed fish.
Research interests: Science, technology and society; reproductive technologies; animal husbandry; aquaculture; economic sociology; market performativity; environment and society.
Personal information: I am a third year PhD student with previous degrees from the LSE and the University of York. I am originally from South Africa.
Contact: R.Message@lse.ac.uk; @ReubenMessage
Title/topic: Collective violence and informal settlement in South Africa
Supervisor: Prof Chetan Bhatt
Title/topic: The Everyday Lives of Muslim Youth In Canada
Supervisors: Dr Suki Ali and Dr Claire Alexander
Title/topic: Affect, Embodiment and Space: Funk Cultural Repertoires in Rio de Janeiro
Supervisor: Dr Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra and Professor Mike Savage
Title/topic: Sociology of Islamic Finance
Supervisor: Dr Nigel Dodd
Research topic: The Ethics of the Willing: An Ethnography of Post-Soviet Neo-Liberalism
Supervisor: Dr. Manali Desai (Cambridge)
Description: My PhD is an ethnographic exploration of neo-liberal political subjectivity formation in post-Soviet Latvia. Locating this investigation in an unemployment office in Riga, I study individuals’ engagement with notions of ‘work on self’ and individual responsibility as propelled by geo-politically and historically formed anxieties.
Research interests: social theory, political sociology, anthropology of the state, political subjectivity theories, ordinary ethics.
Pedersen, Linda Lund
Research topic: Whose Rights, Whose Space? The Danish Alien Act and Family Migration: a case study of the status of Danish citizenship
Supervisors: Dr. Ayça Çubukçu and Prof. Charis Thompson
Description: Her dissertation focuses on the question: How do (anti-)immigration politics and policies represent a reconceptualization of contemporary citizenship in Denmark? This study includes an analysis of Danish citizenship through family (re-)unification policies in the cases of transnational spousal/partners, transnational adoptees and transnational children born through surrogacy.
Research interests: Critical Race/Ethnic Studies, Feminist Theories, Family Migration, Sociology of Citizenship, Postcolonial and Decolonial Theories, Political Sociology and Human Rights.
Personal information: Linda Lund Pedersen is a PhD candidate in Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. She holds a MA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen. She has a strong commitment to transdisciplinary and transnational feminist research and teaching. Linda Lund Pedersen has been actively involved in several European gender research networks, including ATHENA: Advanced Thematic Network in European Gender Studies (funded by the European Commission), ATgender and VEIL (funded by EU’s sixth framework programme) & Nordic research networks engaging in post-colonialism in the Nordic region.
Title/topic: Imagined Consequences: an insider's view of Italy's 2001 corporate law
Title/topic: Hacking ideologies: free software, political subjects and fictitious structures of reality
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Quinlan, Tara Lai
Title: ‘A comparative perspective on the development of post-9/11 community engagement and countering violent extremism (CVE) programs in the United Kingdom and United States’.
Description: This comparative study examines the development and evolution of post-9/11 community engagement and countering violent extremism (CVE) programs in the United Kingdom and United States. Using mixed research methods, this study draws on documentary analysis, discourse analysis, and semi-structured elite interviews with current and former policymakers and members of local and national law enforcement agencies to examine rationales, successes, failures, and best practices for program implementation and sustainability.
Supervisors: Professor Michael Savage & Dr Michael Shiner (Department of Social Policy)
Thesis title: An everyday public? Placing the public library in London and Berlin
Supervisors: Professor Fran Tonkiss and Dr Suzi Hall
Description: Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Thornton Heath, Croydon, London, and Wedding, Berlin, my thesis explores the connections public libraries have with their localities, asking what kind of public space and public life is made possible within the public library.
Key words: public space; ethnography; public libraries; organisational practices; multiculturalism; urban sociology.
Personal information: At LSE sociology I have taught classes on research methods (SO221) and the introduction to contemporary social issues (SO110). I co-convene the London branch of the NYLON network, a international post-graduate seminar group which meets at LSE. I am currently working in the sociology department at Goldsmiths, where I am researching practices around values in conservation organisations as part of an ESRC funded project: http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/researchers/robinsonkatherine/
Research topic: The Return of the Integrated Ideal: Compact city strategies and the case of integrating urban planning, design and transport in London and Berlin
Supervisors: Prof Fran Tonkiss and Prof Anne Power (PhD Cities)
Description: This thesis examines how urban policy makers, professionals and stakeholders have worked across disciplinary silos, geographic scales and different time horizons to facilitate more compact urban development. Focusing on detailed case studies of London and Berlin, the research explores recent urban practice and inquires about the degree to which institutional reform, new approaches to urban governance and the re-scaling of planning functions were able to advance planning and policy integration.
Research interests: urban governance and planning; institutionalism; urban transport, mobility and accessibility, sustainable urbanisation
Title/topic: Reassembling the Internets: an ethnographic approach - lay users, liquid technology and the making of meaning
Supervisors: Dr Don Slater & Dr Edgar Whitley (Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management)
Title/topic: The raciological dimensions of Cold War anticommunism
Title/topic: Moralities of consumption in post-socialist Hungary
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Research topic: Tuning the City – Investigating Urban Design Practices in the Aesthetic Economy
Supervisors: Don Slater, Fran Tonkiss (Advisor)
Description: This PhD project explores how urban designers create cityscapes, how they interpret and conceptualize urban environments, and how they systematically and materially operate on them in relation to the economic logics of design as labour. It makes the case for an ethnography of urban design and interprets aesthetics not only as beautification, but as a powerful mediator between fine-grained material assemblages of built environments, human perception and social space. Arguing that urban design practices need to be researched and understood in relation to their socio-economic settings, it discusses the empirical material within the framework of the aesthetic economy.
Research interests: material culture studies, sociology of design, economic sociology, aesthetics, urban studies, theory of practice, creative industries.
Personal information: Mona Sloane is PhD candidate in LSE Sociology where she holds an LSE scholarship and researches and publishes on the sociology of urban design. She also works with Dr Don Slater on the LSE Cities-based Configuring Light research programme where she researches on urban lighting and social research in design and runs the programme’s wide range of activities.
Title/topic: Trajectories and Experiences of Migration amongst West African Doctors in the UK
Supervisor: Dr Suki Ali
Title/topic: The social construction of boundaries in in the private military/security industry
Supervisor: Dr Janet Foster
Title/topic: The role of corporate social responsibility discourse in campaigns for workers' rights: Three transnational case studies
Supervisors: Prof Leslie Sklair and Prof Fran Tonkiss
Title/Topic: How DNA became hackable and biology personal? Tracing self-fashioning of the DIYbio network
Supervisors: Prof Sarah Franklin and Dr Don Slater
Topic: Community organisations and new communications media
Supervisor: Dr Don Slater
Description: Exploring issues of community and the local politics in relation to the development of digital communications media, particularly looking at the pressures and opportunities these offer. Asking questions about how this affects the underlying ideas of community and public-ness.
Research interests: community; participation; public spaces; digital sociology; new communications media.
Personal information: Working in communications at a mental health charity shaped the development of my sociological imagination, particularly in terms of the overriding ambiguity to digital communication. My research also builds on previous sociological interest in digital life and public space in my masters in Socio-Cultural Studies at Edinburgh University and my undergraduate degree from Durham University in Politics and Sociology. I also spent a very interesting stint working for an independent bookshop during the run up to the Scottish Independence referendum.
Judy van der Graaf (Year 4)
Research topic: Risk Regulation Beyond the State
Supervisor: Professor Bridget Hutter
Description: This doctoral research analyses the role of non-state actors in the regulation of transnational risk. Through a case study of the credit rating industry the research examines how private firms may be involved in the setting of standards in relation to risk, the gathering of information about risk, and the modification of behaviour. The data for this research has come from a documentary survey and interviews with credit rating industry experts.
For more information about this research: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/researchingsociology/2013/12/20/risk-regulation-at-transnational-level-understanding-the-role-of-non-state-actors/
Title/topic: Economic expertise and banking policy
Supervisor: Prof Bridget Hutter & Dr Nigel Dodd
Von Burg, Krysia
Title/topic: Homophobic violence in Britain
Title/topic: Civic renewal through community cohesion in Britain (1997 - 2000)
Title/topic: Between the Nation and the Conscience: Dissident Soldiers in Israel
Supervisors: Dr Robin Archer and Dr Claire Moon
Yan, Ka Ho Jason
Title/topic: Social sufferings and cultural class analysis in Hong Kong
Supervisors: Prof. Mike Savage and Dr Sam Freidman
Completed PhDs 2011-14
Listed in date order (most recent at top)
Arriagada, Arturo (2014) Cultural Mediators and the Everyday Making of "Digital Capital" in contemporary Chile
Manning, Peter (2014) Justice, reconciliation and memorial politics in Cambodia.
Lingayah, Sanjiv (2013) Between the lines: contours of nation, multiculture and race equality in policy discourse in the New Labour period.
Kaasa, Adam (2013, PhD Cities) Writing, Drawing, Building: The Architecture of Mexico City, 1938-1964.
Gassner, Gunter (2013, PhD Cities) Unfinished and unfinishable: London’s skylines
Beitler, Daiana (2013) An ethnography of the one laptop per child (OLPC) programme in Uruguay.
Novis, Roberta (2013) Hard Times: Exploring the Complex Structures and Activities of Brazilian Prison Gangs.
Lee, Kee (2013) Practicing globalization: mediation of the creative in South Korean advertising.
Rashid, Naaz (2013) Veiled threats: producing the Muslim woman in public and policy discourse in the UK.
Donnellan, Caroline (2013, PhD Cities) Establishing Tate Modern: vision and patronage.
Hawkins, Gwyneth Mae (2013) Language and the social: investigations towards a new sociology of language.
Torre, Andreea Raluca (2013) Migrant lives. A comparative study of work, family and belonging among low-wage Romanian migrant workers in Rome and London.
Dinardi, Maria Cecilia (2012) Unsettling the culture panacea: the politics of cultural planning, national heritage and urban regeneration in Buenos Aires.
Abdullah, Hannah (2012) New German painting: painting, nostalgia & cultural identity in post-unification Germany.
Trevino-Rangel, Javier (2012) Policing the past: transitional justice and the special prosecutor’s office in Mexico, 2000-2006.
Burrell, Jennifer (2012) Producing the internet and development: an ethnography of internet café use in Accra, Ghana.
Fitzgerald, Des (2012) Tracing autism: ambiguity and difference in a neuroscientific research practice.
James, Malcolm (2012) Upcoming movements: young people, multiculture, marginality and politics in outer East London.
Kohonen, Matti (2012) Actor-network theory as an approach to social enterprise and social value: a case study of Ghanaian social enterprises.
Hanspal, Vrajesh (2012) Markets and mediators: politics and primary art markets in Montréal.
Javid, Hassan (2012) Class, power, and patronage: the landed elite and politics in Pakistani Punjab.
Uncu, Baran Alp (2012) Within borders, beyond borders: the Bergama movement at the junction of local, national and transnational practices.
Gooch, Rebecca L. (2012) Television production, regulation and enforcement reasons for broadcasters’ non-compliance and a weakened state of regulatory affairs.
El-Khairy, Omar A. (2012) American statecraft for a global digital age: warfare, diplomacy and culture in a segregated world.
Trikha, Sara (2012) Policing minority ethnic communities: a case study in London’s ‘Little India’.
Ross, Sandy (2011) Everyday economics: ideas new and old from lay theories of economic life.
Colbran, Marianne (2011) Watching the cops: a case study of production processes on television police drama "The Bill".
Cockerton, Caitlin (2011) Going synthetic: how scientists and engineers imagine and build a new biology.
Redclift, Victoria (2011) Histories of displacement and the creation of political space: "statelessness" and citizenship in Bangladesh.
Torres Vitolas, Carlos Alberto (2011) Social capital in poor communities: a case study from rural northern Peru.
MacArtney, John I. (2011) Healing ourselves: ethical subjectivity in the stories of complementary self-help users with cancer.
Kim, Helen (2011) Desis doing it like this: diaspora and the spaces of the London urban Asian music scene.
Gounev, Philip Martinov (2011) Backdoor traders: illicit entrepreneurs and legitimate markets.
Kufner, Juergen (2011, PhD Cities) Tall building policy making and implementation in central London: visual impacts on regionally protected views from 2000 to 2008.
Kroll, Christian (2011) Towards a sociology of happiness: examining social capital and subjective well-being across subgroups of society.
Bramwell, Richard (2011) The aesthetics and ethics of London based rap: a sociology of UK hip-hop and grime.
Theses available but not listed under 'Sociology' online:
Kilburn, Daniel (2013, PhD Cities) Together, apart? Situating social relations and housing provision in the everyday life of new-build mixed-tenure housing developments.
Davis, Juliet (2012, PhD Cities) Urbanising the event: how past processes, present politics and future plans shape London’s Olympic legacy.
Theses not online:
Robin J H Kim (2011-12, PhD Cities): Correlation and Evolution: a new urban axis in London between St Paul’s Cathedral and Tate Modern.
Thomas McClean (2011-12): Shackling leviathan: a comparative historical study of institutions and the adoption of Freedom of Information.