Series organisers and funders

This seminar series is organised by Tracey Jensen (Lancaster University), Sara De Benedictis (Brunel University London), Kayleigh Garthwaite (Birmingham University), Ruth Patrick (University of Liverpool) and Kim Allen (University of Leeds).

Tracey Jensen is a lecturer in the Sociology department at Lancaster. Her research examines the cultural politics of poverty and inequality, and the media, cultural and policy ‘scripts’ which seek to legitimate such divisions. She is the author of Parenting the Crisis: the cultural politics of parent-blame (2018) and co-editor of We Need to Talk About Family: Essays on neoliberalism, the family and popular culture (2016). Email Tracey or follow her on Twitter.

Sara De Benedictis is a Lecturer in Media and Communications and Brunel University London. She is interested in exploring how gender and class inequalities come into being through representations, especially in relation to birth and menstruation. Prior to entering academia, Sara was a researcher in the women’s charity sector. Sara is currently researching reproductive politics in times of austerity. Email Sara or follow her on Twitter.

Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on poverty and inequality, welfare reform, and stigma. She is author of ‘Hunger Pains: life inside foodbank Britain’ (2016, Policy Press), and is also co-author of ‘Poverty and insecurity: Life in ‘low-pay, no-pay’ Britain’ (2012, Policy Press). Email Kayleigh or follow her on Twitter.

Ruth Patrick is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests encompass welfare reform, social citizenship, participatory research and qualitative longitudinal methodological approaches. She is the author of For whose benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform (Policy Press, 2017) and faciliated the Dole Animators (2013) film. Email Ruth or follow her on Twitter.

Kim Allen is a University Academic Fellow in Sociology at the University of Leeds. Kim’s research interests include: youth transitions and inequalities of class, race and gender; the gendering of austerity; and representations of welfare and poverty in popular culture. She is co-author of Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). Email Kim or follow her on Twitter.

The series is part of the Sociological Review Foundation Seminar Series and has been generously sponsored by the Sociological Review Foundation.

Additional financial support was received from the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Brunel University, and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.


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