CAMEo Researchers

Dr Daniel Allington

Lecturer in Media and Communication, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Daniel studies the social, political, economic, and technological bases of media production and consumption in the Anglophone world, engaging closely with the sociology of culture and the history of the book, and his research topics range from the production of computer software and the distribution of recorded music to the ways in which readers orientate to the special status of 'serious' literature, both historically and in the present day. Daniel is currently working on a history of 20th century British publishing and investigating contemporary convergences between the far left and far right of the British political spectrum on social media. For CAMEo, Daniel is working on the research project Dance Music Scenes and the Night Time Economy. 

Dr Jess Bain

Lecturer in Media and Communication, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Jessica Bain’s research focuses on the relationship between traditionally domestic crafts and feminism.  She is currently working on research exploring the contemporary revival of home dressmaking in western countries, exploring its politics, and focusing on the ways in which sewing can be seen to represent an engagement with, or challenge to, feminism. Related to this work is an interest in the digital elements of contemporary sewing and dressmaking and the ways in which this material practice is shaped in and through its mediation. Jess’s research project entitled: "Digital Dressmaking: Gender, Technology and Craft in Britain’s Contemporary Sewing Communities" is funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant. She is co-organiser of CAMEo Craft Cultures: a week of events exploring the contemporary significance of all things craft. More information on these events can be found here.

Dr Zafeirenia Brokalaki

Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Leicester, School of Business

Prior to joining ULSB, she taught at King’s College London in the UK, the University of Arkansas in the USA, and the University of Peloponnese in Greece. Dr Brokalaki's research focuses on the relationship between art consumption, identity, politics and social change. In her work, she examines art-stimulated symbolic consumption, the aesthetic experience and the politics of spectatorship focusing on participatory art practices, grassroots cultural activity and non-institutional creativity. Dr Brokalaki hold a PhD in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, an M.A. in Cultural Policy and Management from Warwick University, an M.A. in Communication from the American College of Greece, a B.Sc. in Marketing and Communication from Athens University of Economics and Business, and a B.A. in Dance, Choreography and Dance Education from the Higher Professional Dance Academy of Greece (D. Gregoriadou). She is also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Dr Gavin Brown

Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

He is a cultural, historical and political geographer who has written widely about LGBT communities and urban social movements. His most recent book, Youth Activism and Solidarity: the non-stop picket against apartheid is a study of how young Londoners made themselves geopolitical actors through their involvement in anti-apartheid campaigning in the 1980s. He is an editor of Social and Cultural Geography.

Dr Ben Coles

Lecturer in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

He is an economic geographer who employs a cultures of consumption approach to questions surrounding the geographies of commodities, markets and economies, with a particular focus on the geographies of the ‘market-place’. Ben has written widely on food, and his most recent work develops ‘nexus thinking’ to examine the intersections between food, water and energy in Brazil. Ben’s core interests focus on ontological issues regarding place and space. 

Dr Piotr Denderski

Lecturer in Economics, School of Business

Piotr Denderski holds a PhD in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute, the top graduate school and research institute in the Netherlands set up by the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam. During his PhD studies he was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the New York University. Most of his research focuses on the selection of workers into payroll jobs and self-employment/entrepreneurship and the role of modern communication technologies in shaping of this choice. For CAMEo Piotr is leading on the Optimal Design of Unemployment Insurance for Artists project.

Dr Marta Gasparin

Lecturer in Design and Innovation Management, School of Business

Dr Marta Gasparin is lecturer in innovation and design management. Her research explores how design and innovation emerges, how value is created, the role of the actors (objects, managers, designers) in the innovation and design processes. She draws on ideas from ethnomethodology, science and technology studies, Actor-Network Theory and the research STS turn to markets and other forms of organising. She is also interested in design theory and the epistemological dimension of innovation, in particular the relation between design and decision, design and art, design and aesthetic, design and epistemology, design and technology. For CAMEo, she is working on the project Matters of care or matters of aesthetic? An investigation in Vietnamese art and design.

Dr William Green

Associate Professor, School of Business

William Green's research focuses on user-centred and inclusive digital design and innovation, with a particular interest in the role of technology in the cultural, creative and healthcare industries. His work is interdisciplinary and has published in a range of journals spanning innovation, human-computer interaction, healthcare, disability and cultural economy. His research has been funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK), Health Education England, ARHC, BA/Leverhulme, TMC (Arts Council Bridge Organisation), Patient Safety Collaborative and Academic Health Science Network. He previously worked for IBM, Philips Research and Vodafone and regularly consults in relation to Human Factors. Will is also the Trustee of an arts charity, Pedestrian, who provide education and training to young people at risk and vulnerable adults.

Dr Alison Harvey

Lecturer in Media and Communication, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Alison Harvey's research focuses on issues of inclusivity and accessibility in digital culture, with a particular emphasis on the overlaps between digital games work, play, culture, and community. She draws on a range of critical and participatory digital research methods, and is a founding member of the Critical Methods in Technoculture research collective. Her work has been published in a range of interdisciplinary venues including the International Journal of Cultural Studies; Feminist Media Studies; Social Media and Society; Information, Communication, and Society; and Studies in Social Justice, among others. Her current research, examining the relationship between game design higher education and work in the United Kingdom, is supported by the Re-Figuring Innovation in Games partnership grant, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Alison is a member of the Advisory Board for CAMEo’s Workforce Diversity in the UK Screen project for the British Film Institute.

Dr Claire Jenkins

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, History of Art and Film

Dr Claire Jenkins is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies in the University of Leicester’s School of Arts. Her research is focused on representations of gender and the family in popular media texts, encompassing issues of fashion and consumption, older women and sexuality and the construction of family values. She is the author of Home Movies: The American Family in Contemporary Hollywood (IB Tauris, 2015). For CAMEo, Claire is undertaking a research project on The reception of female directors in contemporary Hollywood.

Dr Jilly Boyce Kay

Lecturer, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Jilly Kay is a Research Associate in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her research interests are primarily in reality television, talk shows, and the relationships between feminism and television. Her work has appeared in journals such as Critical Studies in Television, Feminist Media Histories, Social Movement Studies, and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, as well as a number of edited collections. She is currently working on a book project on gender, television and voice. She is Assistant Editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and a co-convener the Media and Gender research group at the University of Leicester. For CAMEo, she is working on the project ‘Labourers of love: photographers and videographers in the British South-Asian wedding industries’, in collaboration with Kajal Nisha Patel, a visual artist who specialises in photography and film.

Dr Christian Morgner

Lecturer in Culture and Communication at the University of Leicester

 and his research addresses the creation, transformation and transmission of meaning in the global cultural industries. Dr Morgner has previously held research positions and visiting fellowships at the University of Cambridge, Yale University, Hitotsubashi University (Toyko), University of Leuven and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). His current projects relate to globalisation of the arts, cultural diversity and innovation in the Global South.

Dr Stefano De Sabbata

Lecturer in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

He is a geographic information scientist who has conducted extensive work on the geographies of the internet. Stefano’s research focuses on a quantitative critical analysis of the geographic inequalities of access to the internet, and the resulting unevenness in data production, and representativeness, both on global and urban scales. He is part of the steering committee of GIScience Research UK (GISRUK), chair of the organising committee for the GISRUK conference 2018, and research associate of the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford.

Dr Natasha Whiteman

Lecturer, School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Natasha Whiteman’s research focuses on ethical issues relating to media research, digital environments and media consumption activity, with a particular interest in the study of online fan cultures.  Her research has been funded by the British Academy and ESRC (1+3 PhD award) and has been published in a range of journals including Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; Participations: International Journal of Audience and Reception Studies and the Journal of Fandom Studies. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers and the author of Undoing Ethics: Rethinking Practice in Online Research (Springer: 2012). For CAMEo, Natasha is delivering the research project Care, Reciprocity and Value in a Threatened Site of Cultural Work.

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