Gemma Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, where she has worked since 2007. Her research expertise is in Social Movements and Protest, and critical social theory (esp. Habermas). She has researched a variety of historical and contemporary social movements, from the labour movement to the Suffragette Movement. Gemma is interested in the way in which interpersonal social networks shape participation in activism, particularly high risk forms of activism on the part of women. She has pioneered mixed method social network analysis techniques for the study of social movements, alternative lifestyles, and historical networks. She co-leads the research group movements@manchester and is a member of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, and the Morgan Centre for the Study of Everyday Lives. Key publications include Social Movements and Protest (Cambridge, 2014), Social Network Analysis for Ego-Nets (Sage, 2015), and Shared Housing, Shared Lives (Routledge, 2018).
- Misbehaviour on Southern Rail (passenger protests against southern rail)
- Friendship networks and the anti-war activism of women in WW1 (with Dr Ali Ronan)
- The social networks of shared living
- Using social network analysis to research the suffragettes