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 REF lead for Sociology.
In addition to the Sociology Department I am strongly involved in the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, which I co-founded and co-direct. We run a weekly seminar with external speakers during term time, run both internal and external training courses in social network analysis (including both introductory and advanced courses in the School's annual Summer School), we engage in external consultancies and our members are involved in a range of related research activities.
I have 28 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', a third year course on 'Body and Society' and a Masters course on 'Social Theory and Cultural Identity. 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.