Principal Lecturer in Sociology
History, Politics and Sociology
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Lesley Spiers' teaching and research interests are wide-ranging. Previous research has included examining femininity and discourses of dieting, beauty therapists and their relationships with clients as well as offering critiques on popular culture including the TV programme Little Britain. She has also worked on learning and teaching research projects with her colleagues across the Institute, focusing specifically on the way that academic subjects embed employability into their curricula.
While Lesley teaches a broad range of undergraduate modules, she is responsible for specialist modules on the sociology of the body, gender and identity. In recent years she has supervised undergraduate students on subjects including tattooing and femininity, the symbolic meaning of hair for women, and the representation of identity via social networking sites such as Facebook. She is Associate Head for IHCA.
Specialist teaching areas:
Sociology of the body; gender, identity, learning and teaching, and new media