Committee Members

David Gauntlett – (Co-convenor (with Paul Sweetman))
Paul Sweetman (Co-convenor (with David Gauntlett))
Marc Bush (Ordinary Committee Member)
Andrew Loxley (Publicity and Events)
Terence Heng (Webmaster and Membership)
Poonam Madar (Publicity and Events)
Dr Carol Wolkovitz (Ordinary Committee Member)

Prof David Gauntlett
David Gauntlett is Professor of Media and Communications in the School of Media , Arts and Design, University of Westminster . His teaching and research is in the area of media and identities, and the everyday creative use of digital media. He is the author of several books, including Moving Experiences (1995, 2005), Web Studies (2000, 2004), Media, Gender and Identity (2002, 2008), and Creative Explorations: New approaches to identities and audiences (2007), which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He produces the popular website about media and identities,, and has sought to develop the use of creative and visual research methods, for which he has created the hub at

See: David Gauntlett page with links to books and projects website about media and identity website about new creative methods
Dr Paul Sweetman
is a Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London, and co-editor - with Caroline Knowles - of Picturing the Social Landscape: Visual Methods and the Sociological Imagination (Routledge, 2004). He teaches second and third year courses on the body and fashion, and an MSc course on classical and contemporary social theory. He has published articles and chapters on fashion, habitus, body modification, subcultures, and cultural studies, and has recently been contracted to write a book on Culture for Sage. Paul is a former member of the Sociology Editorial Board. His research interests as a whole centre around questions of culture; reflexivity and habitus; the body, identity, fashion and consumption; and visual methods of social research. |
Marc Bush
is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. His research interests are based around aspiration and Asperger Syndrome. He has published on and trained others in the use of visual social research methods; especially in relation to children and young people. Much of his work is concerned with how innovative technologies can be used empower children and young people to talk about their experiences and how those voices can be used to actualise social change. Through his work with the Labour Party, Marc have been advocating the use of visual technologies to engage with young people and put their voices at the heart of policy making.
Terence Heng
received his PhD in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011 and is currently an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, and the Glasgow School of Art Singapore. His work sits at the intersections of documentary photography, visual sociology and cultural geography. He has published in journals such as Cultural Geographies and Sociological Research Online. He is currently documenting spiritual spatialities in Singapore, particularly Bukit Brown Cemetery. |
Dr Andrew Loxley
is Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences Trinity College Dublin. He is based in the School of Education where he teaches sociology of education and research methodology. Since 2005 he has been a board member of the International Visual Sociology Association and organised the 2005 conference which was held in Dublin . He undertook his PhD at the University of Bath which was a study into the impact of quasi-marketisation on inclusion and primary schooling. Much of his research and publications centre on the issue of social inclusion and social policy. This is reflected in his visually oriented work which explores the relationship between visual culture, space and education and the way in which it shapes and influences our experience of these institutions. A firm believer in the use of mixed methods approaches, his research employs the use of both researcher and participant generated images. The most recent being a study exploring the experiences of mature undergraduate students within Irish university context.
Poonam Madar
is an ESRC 1+3 student in CRER (Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations) at the University of Warwick. Her areas of interest lie in qualitative methodology and the Sociology of Race and Racism. Previous to this, she completed her MSc in Sociology at the University of Bristol.
Dr Carol Wolkowitz
is a Reader in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. Her research has involved a number of different areas of gender studies. She has a long-standing interest in gender in Indian history and politics, stemming from her doctoral research on women politicians' careers in South India. Since then much of her work has focused on gender and employment. She is co-author of two books on homeworking and home-located work, Homeworking Women: Gender, Class and Racism at Work (1995) and Homeworking: Myths and Realities (1987). In 2006 she published Bodies at Work (Sage), exploring 'body work' and the relation between embodiment, gender and the labour process. Her other publications include the Glossary of Feminist Theory (1997), with Terry Lovell and Sonya Andermahr, and several articles exploring the use of personal narratives to understand women's roles in the American communities established by the Manhattan Project during the Second World War. She was also co-editor of Of Marriage and the Market: Women's Subordination in International Perspective (1981 and 1985).