I'm a Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. My research interests are primarily located in contemporary cultural theories of gender, sexuality, class, the body and popular culture.
In particular, I am interested in the social and cultural uses of aesthetics and currently apply these themes to two substantive areas - 'elective' cosmetic surgery and material culture (especially kitsch).
In the past I have also carried out research on identities and sexualities, using visual methods (video diaries) to capture identity performances. This work focused on 'the body' as a site of identity, a mode of experience and as a conceptual category. I have also worked in the area of organisation studies, focusing on the ways in which gender, the body and representations offer us insights into the problems and challenges of organisational life.