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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. 


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.