Dr Luke Yates

Lecturer (Sociology)

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Research interests

Specific research interests

  • Social movements and political action
  • Sociology of consumption and socio-economic change
  • The politics and ethics of the new digital 'platform economy'
  • Everyday practices, particularly living arrangements, sharing, food, and households

Research projects and trajectory

My research focuses on collective action, politics and everyday consumption practices, especially how these play out in processes of change.

Theoretically I use social movements studies, the sociology of consumption, and theories of practice (and their link to collective action). These have developed through several concrete research projects, collaborations and affiliations described below (for more detail see my list of publications).

My PhD examined political and youth culture in Barcelona through a focus on spaces used for campaigning and alternative cultural production. This developed out of an interest in politicised forms of consumption.

In 2012 I took up the role of Research Associate at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, where I worked on projects with Alan Warde, Dale Southerton and David Evans about food and eating, waste, and everyday practices in the context of social and environmental change.

From 2014-2017 I was a Hallsworth Fellow in Political Economy in the Department of Sociology, looking at sharing, consumption and the environment. This has developed into new work which explores the political debates and struggles in the ‘sharing economy’ to better understand and characterise the consequences of the new economy/platform capitalism. Recent work on this topic has examined the phenomenon of corporate sponsored grassroots lobbying: how businesses such as Uber and Airbnb mobilise their users with tactics developed in civil society contexts. 

From January 2017 I have worked as a lecturer in Sociology. 

I am part of Manchester’s long-standing research group on social movements movements@manchester, a member of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Everyday Lives and I run the Collective Action and Movements research group in the Sustainable Consumption Institute where my office is located. Until recently, I was reviews editor at Social Movements Studies and a co-chair of the ESA Consumption network. 


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display