I completed both my BA and PhD at the University of Sheffield, in the Sociology Department. I then worked, between 1993 and 1998, as a lecturer in the sociology and philosophy of psychiatry, at the Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies (part of the Dept of Psychiatry) at Sheffield. I joined Manchester Sociology in Sept 1998, as a lecturer, and worked my way through the ranks, becoming a professor in 2005. I was head of sociology at Manchester between summer 2007 and summer 2010. Since stepping down I have had a number of other admin roles. Currently I am the sociology rep for the School of Social Science's BA Econ degree.
My main involvements in the University, in addition to the Sociology discipline area, are with the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, which I co-founded, and with our Social Movements Research Group. I am also involved in a major project (funded by the EPSRC) on 'real world' applications of complexity theory with colleagues in the Institute for Social Change.
I have 17 successful PhD supervisions under my belt and am currently supervising 6 students.
Much of my supervision work has been for projects which overlap with my own research interests but I have also supervised in other areas and am always happy to consider a project if a prospective student specifically wants to work with me or thinks that I am the right supervisor for their project.
I currently teach a second year undergraduate course on the 'Sociology of Popular Music' and a Masters course on 'Methodological Issues'. I also contribute to both a Masters course and several short courses on social network analysis. I have always enjoyed teaching and still find it stimulating and (usually!) fun.