Dana Wilson-Kovacs

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Exeter

I am a qualitative sociologist whose doctoral research explored the cultural repertoires of sexual intimacy and the ways in which material and symbolic resources are mobilised in the construction and staging of intimate encounters. I am interested in visual methods and processes of cultural production, particularly in relation to: professions and career trajectories, class and intimacy, domestic consumption and (hetero)sexual practices and identities.

Most recently, my research foci have included professional trajectories and shifts, especially in biomedicine and biotechnology, the governance of scientific innovation and local negotiations of regulation, particularly in relation to (1) clinical applications of stem cell research and (2) the use of Forensic DNA technologies in police practice.


  • –present
    Director of Education, Lecturer, University of Exeter


  • 2012
    Consumption and sexual intimacy: Towards an understanding of intimate cultures in everyday life, Gender and Consumption: Domestic Cultures and the Commercialisation of Everyday Life
  • 2010
    Class and sexual intimacy: an everyday life perspective, Classed Intersections: Spaces, Selves, Knowledges,
  • 2009
    Some texts do it better: women, sexually explicit texts and the everyday, ainstream Sex. The Sexualization of Western Culture
  • 2001
    The Fabric of Love: A Semiotic Analysis of the Suspender Belt, Constructing gendered bodies