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
  • Everyday practices, particularly living arrangements, sharing, food, and households

Research projects and trajectory

My research focuses on collective action, politics and everyday consumption practices. I’m particularly interested in how these play out in processes of change such as through protests and occupations, political or politicised forms of consumption and lifestyle, and shifting patterns and organisation of daily life.

Theoretically I use social movements studies (and am particularly influenced by Melucci and thinking around alternative projects and prefigurative politics), 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.

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

I chair Manchester’s long-standing research group on social movements movements@manchester, am a member of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Everyday Lives and remain active in the Sustainable Consumption Institute where my office is located. I’m also reviews editor at Social Movements Studies. 


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display