I’m a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Newcastle.
My research focuses on youth and class, with particular interests in unequal and alternate career trajectories; underground and independent creative scenes; and cultural formations of taste.
My first research monograph, Youth, Class and Everyday Struggles, was published with Routledge in 2018. I’m currently working on a book tentatively titled: Bourdieu and Affect: Towards a Theory of Affective Affinities with Policy Press/Bristol University Press.
Current research projects are on online cultural taste communities called ‘Dank Distinction and Homologies of Snark’ and the ARC funded ‘Young Hospitality Workers and Value Creation in the Service Economy’ investigating the affective and immaterial forms of labour young people perform to create value in the night-time economy. We have a website for that project here.