We will be posting short biographies for our speakers below:

Tracey Jensen: Tracey is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of East London. Her research examines how figures of crisis are produced and circulated across media, culture and policy. In particular she is interested in the part that such figures play in generating new frames of ‘commonsense’ and political consensus. She is writing two books on this topic; the first maps the production of a ‘parenting crisis’ and its connection to parenting culture, policy and identity; and the second interrogates the recent explosion of populist reality television on welfare, a genre that has become known as ‘poverty porn’.  Her most recent article explores Benefits Street and the production of welfare consensus and is published in Sociological Research Online.  She tweets as @Drtraceyjensen

Rhian E Jones: Rhian grew up in south Wales and now lives in London, where she works as a shop assistant and writes on history, politics, popular culture and the places where they intersect. She is the author of Clampdown: Pop-Cultural Wars on Class and Gender and a forthcoming book on nineteenth-century popular protest. Her blog is Velvet Coalmine and she is on Twitter as @RhianEJones

Rob MacDonald: Having previously studied and worked at Durham and York universities, Robert MacDonald is Professor of Sociology at Teesside University. His research interests span sociology, criminology, social policy and youth studies. He co-authored Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain (2012), which won the British Academy-Policy Press Peter Townsend Prize. Also with Tracy Shildrick, he  published ‘Poverty Talk: how people experiencing poverty deny their poverty and why they blame “the poor”‘ which won the Sociological Review prize for best paper of 2013.

Charlotte McCarthy: Charlotte is currently a 3rd year Sociology student at the University of Manchester. This summer she joined SARF as part of the Q-Step internship programme, specialising in quantitative methods and statistical analysis. From growing up in disadvantaged area of East Lancashire, Charlotte’s interests include network poverty, youth unemployment, spatial segregation, Sociogenic Criminology and working class communities. She is in the process of producing a report, ‘Who deserves help in 2014 Britain?’ based on an analysis of data collected from the British Social Attitudes survey, examining how perceptions of poverty and welfare have changed overtime. Other current research includes how socio-economic conditions impact disadvantaged youth’s behaviour within certain localities. Charlotte plans to begin a Masters course in Sociological research at the University of Manchester next year, followed by a PhD in Sociology. ​Charlotte is on Twitter at @char_mccarthy94

Helen Pidd: Helen is northern editor of the Guardian. Originally from Morecambe, she has been at the Guardian for 10 years, working as a commissioning editor, foreign correspondent and reporter.

Richard Searle: Resident of Harpurhey since 1990.  Chair of the Baytree Residents Association in Harpurhey.  Local government worker with Manchester City Council. Unite the Union Shop Steward. Allotmenteer, beekeeper, photographer and maker of small random films.  Passed out of  Manchester Poly in 1990 with a degree in Social Science.

 Tracy Shildrick: Tracy is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. She previously worked at Teesside university and has researched and published widely on issues relating to poverty, worklessness and social exclusion.

 Imogen Tyler: Imogen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender & Women’s Studies at Lancaster University. Imogen’s research is primarily concerned with social inequalities, the politics of disgust, injustice and resistance. Her critically acclaimed book, Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013) examine stigma and resistance to disenfranchisement in neoliberal Britain. Revolting Subjects was shortlisted for the 2014 Bread & Roses prize for radical publishing. Imogen has recently edited a special issue of Citizenship Studies on `Immigrant Protest` (2013) and a book Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY 2014). Recent work on ‘poverty porn’ includes ‘Thinking with White Dee’ (with K.Allen & S. Benedictis) and with T. Jensen ‘The Daddy State: Weaponised Policy Making in Postwelfare Britain’ (under review). Imogen is in the early stages of a new project on the sociology of stigma in neoliberal times, ‘The Stigma Doctrine‘. Imogen blogs at http://socialabjection.wordpress.com and tweets at @DrImogenTyler (email. i.tyler@lancs.ac.uk)

Bernhard Wagner: Bernhard  is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research is concerned with popular media representations of social class. Using a Bourdieusian framework, he discusses the significance of classed representations for the reproduction of power structures. Apart from that, Bernhard is interested in the exploration of social inequality and social justice. He co-authored “Politicising the Psychology of Social Class: The relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s habitus for psychological research” that is shortly being published in a special issue of Theory and Psychology.


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