Dr Emily Falconer

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Dr Emily Falconer joined the Sociology Team at Westminster in September 2015, after working as a Senior Research Assistant at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (2013-2015). Having completed a PhD in gender and tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University (2012), Emily’s research explored the embodied and emotional experiences of independent women travellers. Her research interests focus on feminism, affect and emotion, incorporating theories from across the disciplines of sociology and human geography, and especially how changing feminist identities are tied in with emotional and embodied encounters and relationships. 

Emily currently holds a position on the executive committee for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) for the U.K and Ireland and is the Co-Convenor of the BSA Gender Study Research Group. 

MODULE: (2015) SSOC403.1 Researching Society 

MODULE: (2015) SSOC406.1 Thinking Sociologically: Understanding the Material and Cultural Nature of Society 

MODULE: (2015) SSOC503.1 Research in Action: Qualitative Research Methods 

MODULE: (2015) SSOC509.2 Emotional Life: Psycho-Social Dimensions of Self 

MODULE: (2015) SSOC601.Y Sociology Dissertation

MODULE: (2015) SSOC607.2 Life and Death: The Medicalisation of the Body 

MODULE: (2015) SSOC611.2 Families, Intimacies and Personal Life

Emily holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGC AP; 2009) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Emily’s research focuses on the politics of affect, emotion and embodied encounters in everyday life, incorporating theories from across the disciplines of sociology and human geography. Within this, Emily draws on methodologies that attempt to capture the sensual and affective experiences of everyday life and powerful moments of visceral politics. Current research projects include ‘In Harmony or Out of Tune? Transforming gender relations through choirs and collective song’ which focuses on an affective study of group singing and masculinity. 

Research specialisms

Gender, sexuality, feminisms

Affect, emotion and sensual geographies of everyday life

Material culture and politics of belonging

Food, embodiment and affects of taste

Queer families and affected adulthoods

Tourism, globalisation and mobilities

Creative and alternative methods  

Emily’s research interests further incorporate a sociological and geographical interest in global food culture, affective tastes and food tourism. 

2018

“Who can play this game?” The lived experiences of doctoral candidates and early career women in the neoliberal university (2018)
Caretta, M.A., Drozdzewski, D., Jokinen, J.A. and Falconer, E. 2018. “Who can play this game?” The lived experiences of doctoral candidates and early career women in the neoliberal university. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 42 (2), pp. 261-275.

2017

Moments of Collusion? Close readings of affective, hidden moments within feminist research (2017)
Falconer, E. 2017. Moments of Collusion? Close readings of affective, hidden moments within feminist research . Women’s Studies International Forum . 61, pp. 75-80.
‘Learning to be Zen’: Women travellers and the imperative to happy (2017)
Falconer, E. 2017. ‘Learning to be Zen’: Women travellers and the imperative to happy. Journal of Gender Studies. 26 (1), pp. 56-65.
Negotiating queer and religious identities in higher education: queering ‘progression’ in the ‘university experience’ (2017)
Falconer, E. and Taylor, Y. 2017. Negotiating queer and religious identities in higher education: queering ‘progression’ in the ‘university experience’. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 38 (6), pp. 782-797.

2016

Book review: 'Tourism and citizenship: rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the global order' by Raoul Bianchi and Marcus Stephenson (2016)
Falconer, E. 2016. Book review: 'Tourism and citizenship: rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the global order' by Raoul Bianchi and Marcus Stephenson. Hospitality and Society. 6 (1), pp. 91-100.

2015

‘Seedy bars and grotty pints’: close encounters in 'Queer' leisure spaces (2015)
Falconer, E. and Taylor, Y. 2015. ‘Seedy bars and grotty pints’: close encounters in 'Queer' leisure spaces. Social & Cultural Geography. 16 (1), pp. 43-57.
Dans le Noir? Eating in the dark: sensation and conviviality in a lightless place (2015)
Falconer, E. and Edensor, T. 2015. Dans le Noir? Eating in the dark: sensation and conviviality in a lightless place. Cultural Geographies. 22 (4), pp. 601-618.

2014

Queer youth, Facebook and faith: Facebook methodologies and online identities (2014)
Falconer, E., Taylor, Y. and Snowdon, R. 2014. Queer youth, Facebook and faith: Facebook methodologies and online identities. New Media and Society. 14 (7), pp. 1138-1153.
Book review: 'Sexuality, women, and tourism: cross-border desires through contemporary travel' by Susan E. Frohlick (2014)
Falconer, E. 2014. Book review: 'Sexuality, women, and tourism: cross-border desires through contemporary travel' by Susan E. Frohlick. Social and Cultural Geography. 16 (5), pp. 585-592.
Sounding religious, sounding queer: finding spaces of reconciliation through congregational music (2014)
Falconer, E., Taylor, Y. and Snowdon, R. 2014. Sounding religious, sounding queer: finding spaces of reconciliation through congregational music. Ecclesial Practices: Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography. 1 (2), pp. 229-249.

2013

Transformations of the backpacking food tourist: emotions and conflicts (2013)
Falconer, E. 2013. Transformations of the backpacking food tourist: emotions and conflicts. Tourist Studies. 13 (1), pp. 25-35.

2011

Risk, excitement and emotional conflict in women's travel narratives (2011)
Falconer, E. 2011. Risk, excitement and emotional conflict in women's travel narratives. Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America (RASAALA). 1 (2), pp. 65-89.

2010

Book review: Putting the personal back into the political: 'Why feminism matters: feminism lost and found' by Kath and Sophie Woodward (2010)
Falconer, E. 2010. Book review: Putting the personal back into the political: 'Why feminism matters: feminism lost and found' by Kath and Sophie Woodward. European Journal of Women's Studies. 17 (3), pp. 284-287.

2009

Telling tales: a feminist interpretation of women’s travel narratives (2009)
Falconer, E. 2009. Telling tales: a feminist interpretation of women’s travel narratives. Enquire. 2 (1), pp. 21-40.

2008

Student views of diversity in two faculties at MMU (2008)
Falconer, E., Jacobs, S. and Dawson, M. 2008. Student views of diversity in two faculties at MMU. Learning and Teaching in Action. 7 (2).

2017

Feeling the commute: Affect, affordance and communities in motion (2017)
Falconer, E. 2017. Feeling the commute: Affect, affordance and communities in motion. in: Spinney, J., Reimer, S. and Pinch, P. (ed.) Mobilising Design Routledge. pp. 200-210

2011

Sensual geographies of tourism (2011)
Falconer, E. and Edensor, T. 2011. Sensual geographies of tourism. in: Wilson, J. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Geographies London Routledge.

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