About Imogen Tyler’s Research

I am a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University in the North of England. I am currently Head of the Department of Sociology (2019-2022). I was previously Deputy Head of Department (2017-19). I have been working as a teacher, lecturer and researcher in Higher Education for 28 years.

I am a sociologist and social theorist whose research centres on social inequalities, social justice and social problems. My background was in the humanities (philosophy, cultural studies) and this is reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of my research, which extends across the social sciences, humanities and arts. Indeed, my approach to researching social problems is profoundly interdisciplinary, in terms both of methods and modes of dissemination.

As well as teaching and writing, I frequently collaborate with artists and activists. I work with community and social activists, particularly around issues of poverty, anti-racism and social exclusion. I am a civic commissioner on the Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission, and a trustee of the national Poverty Truth Network. I am on the advisory board of an amazing community social work project called New Beginnings in Stockport. I am a member of a newly formed community Lancaster Black History Group in Lancaster (see this post for some of that work), which is working with the city council, local schools, museums and other community groups. I am also a founding member of a new social action research group at the university, which includes both academics and community members, and has grown out of my work with the local poverty truth movement.

Some other things about me

In 2019, I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, an award granted by the Academy of Social Sciences to leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners of the social sciences.

2015-19: A Philip Leverhulme Prize supported a major research project on stigma and power. This research saw the publication of:

  • Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality (Zed, 2020)
  • A Sociological Review Monograph on The Sociology of Stigma (2018) [purchase here]
  • A graphic novel ‘From Stigma Power to Black Power’ [download here] and purchase hardcopy here
  • A series of journal articles, shorter publications and digital art works

A few podcasts about the stigma research:

In 2018, Dr Tracey Jensen and I were awarded a Faculty prize for student experience for our UG course Welfare States: Histories and Futures.

In 2014 I was awarded a Lancaster University Staff prize for ‘Outstanding Research in the area of Social Inequalities’.

In 2010 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, the major outcome of which was the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013). Revolting Subjects was shortlisted for two prizes: the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of sociology.