Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, in 2012 I moved to Leeds to begin my undergraduate degree in Sociology. In 2016 I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Sociology (International) with a First. As part of my degree, I chose to spend an extra year studying abroad at the University of Copenhagen.
In 2016, I began my Masters degree in Social Research here in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, where I was offered a full fee scholarship from the University, and graduated with a Distinction.
In October 2017, I began my ESRC funded PhD here in the Sociology and Social Policy department. I am currently in my second year and have begun my fieldwork.
I have taught on the Level 1 Module Sociology of Modern Societies and the Level 3 Module Sociology of Consumerism. I am currently teaching on the Level 3 Module The Social Life of Data.
My research interests lie between the body, gender, technology, social media and images. My thesis is exploring how young women use Instagram to produce and circulate images that they have taken as part of their bodily management goals, focusing on what images can do in these particular contexts, in relation to how bodies become lived and experienced.
In doing so, I am interested in exploring what these practices can tell us about contemporary notions of embodiment and health. While dieting, bodily management and exercise are not new topics of research in feminist scholarship, I am interested in how the embodied practices, knowledges and techniques that are involved in image taking, and the mediation of these practices by the affordances of Instagram, may shape or facilitate different and possibly more intense ways of managing and experiencing the body. In doing so, this research will explore how the possibilities of particular bodies may be expanded and/or limited in different ways through these practices of image viewing, production and circulation.
I am also interested in using creative and digital methods as part of social research. The research methods for my thesis will combine digital ethnography with face-to-face interviews, in addition to using visual methods to produce images as part of the research.
- BA Sociology (International)
- MA Social Research