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School of Health and Society

Dr Andrew Clark

Reader in Sociology


My theoretically informed, empirical research explores the relationships between marginalization and the spatiality of social life in the context of ideas about wellbeing, neighbourhood and community. I am particularly interested in methodology and methodological creativity. At the heart of my work is a demonstrable commitment to inter- and trans-disciplinary research activity and the benefits this can bring to understanding real world problems and issues.


Modules taught:

  • Research Problems and Methods
  • Connected Lives
  • Visual Representation

Social Divisions & Inequalities

Teaching interests:

  • Research methodology
  • Urban sociology
  • Visual sociology

Research Interests

My research focuses on links between the environment and wellbeing. This includes research on

  1. neighbourhoods, communities and wellbeing;
  2. dementia and care environments; and
  3. fire risk.

I have a keen interest in methodological development. I have been a member of several successful interdisciplinary research bidding teams and have received research funding from international, national and regional sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute of Health Research, the Big Lottery, the Department of Education, emergency service providers, as well as several local councils and charities.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD
  • HEA fellow


Clark, A. & Smith, J. (2017): 'Owning and testing smoke alarms: Findings from a qualitative study', Journal of Risk Research. DOI:10.1080/13669877.2016.1240707 707

Clark, A. (2017), 'Seeing real life? Working with the visual to understand landscapes of community' , International Review of Qualitative Research, 10 (2), 190-210

Clark, A. & Morriss, L. (2017): The use of visual methodologies in social work research over the last decade: a narrative review and some questions for the future. Qualitative Social Work, 17 (1), 29-43

Clark, A. (2017): ‘Walking Together: Collective Experiences of Neighbourhood Change’. In Bates, C. and Rhys-Taylor, A. (eds): Walking Through Social Research. Routledge

Ward, R., Clark, A., Campbell, S., Graham, B., Kullberg, A., Manji, K., Rummery, K. & Keady, J. (2017): The lived neighborhood: understanding how people with dementia engage with their local environment, International Psychogeriatrics. DOI:10.1017/S1041610217000631

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Postgraduate research

  • Urban studies
  • Ageing and the life-course
  • Neighbourhoods and communities
  • Methodological development