Staff research projects
Members of our Sociology department are currently engaged in a range of exciting research projects. These include an investigation of the sociology of elite lifestyles, a study of the meaning of marriage and weddings in people's lives, and also racialised discourses on health and illness.
Dr. Harshad Keval is currently writing a book for the Palgrave Pivot series, provisionally titled Health and Ethnicity: Deconstructing the South Asian Diabetes Risk . The book is an exploration of the discursive racialised formulations of health risk as they appear in scientific, health promotional, academic and popular discourse. By excavating the various ways in which minority groups have been placed under a particular type of gaze, the book will show the connections between many forms of race relations and ‘diversity’ management, and the current bio-cultural health panic of diabetes. The formulation of health risk as it moves from biological, to cultural and more recently genetic, is viewed as mediated by a complex and interconnected constellation of notions of ‘difference’. Dr Keval has also published in the areas of Cultural Epidemiology and Anthropology, Race, Ethnicity Health, and Qualitative Methods. He is currently writing two peer reviewed journal articles on ‘Race and Multiculturalism’, and ‘Diabetes, Race and Genetics’.
Dr Julia Carter is currently working on a research project into the meaning of marriage and weddings in people’s lives. Over the summer 2014, Julia hired a student research intern, Emily Garbutt, who carried out interviews and other preliminary research activity. With Emily’s input, as well as a collaborator, Professor Simon Duncan from the University of Bradford, Julia has presented two papers on the findings of this research. One of these presentations was to relationship charity One Plus One, located in London. Julia and Emily have also produced a poster, a blog post, and a briefing paper, which will be available for distribution shortly. A further publication will hopefully be published in a Sociology journal next year.
Dr Sarah Cant
Dr Sarah Cant is currently working on a number of research projects. Combined with her long standing interest in complementary medicine, Sarah is working with colleagues at the LSE to investigate community resilience in times of austerity, she is collaborating with Dr Jennie Bristow on a project about academic and student expectations of higher education, and has developed a research study to explore the teaching of sociology in schools. Sarah additionally uses her sociological imagination to reflect on her own teaching and the experiences of her students, and she is currently working on a research project that focuses on mental health issues amongst undergraduates.