Dr Luke Yates

Lecturer (Sociology)

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I came to Manchester University as a student in 2008, having first studied at the University of Warwick. My research focuses on collective action, politics, everyday consumption practices and the new digital economy. 

I’m particularly interested in processes of change associated with protest, politicised forms of consumption and lifestyle, and the organisation of daily life. Currently, I'm looking at changes in the new economy: platform business models are transforming the way capitalism, employment and cities work, and what everyday life looks like. My research aims to compare and explain these shifts by looking at the conflicts and collective action that surround them. A recent public report on this topic is here.

Current and recent research projects have included the examination of corporate sponsored grassroots lobbying (or 'astroturfing') in platform economy businesses such as Uber and Airbnb, the relationships between social movements and the sociology of transformation, changes in everyday practices (around housing and food), the politics and sustainability of 'sharing', and 'everyday' and lifestyle politics, and the concept of prefigurative politics. See my Research and Publications tabs for more. 

I've been a co-organiser of Manchester’s long-standing research group on social movements movements@manchester since my PhD, and am a researcher in the Sustainable Consumption Institute and the Morgan Centre for the Study of Everyday Lives. I recently stepped down as reviews editor at Social Movements Studies and from the ESA Sociology of Consumption research network board. 

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