Dr Emilie Whitaker

School of Health & Society

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Emilie Whitaker

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer


Emilie is an established ethnographer and sociologist. She is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Salford and holds an Honorary Lectureship in Sociology at Cardiff University and has held visiting roles at DePaul University, Chicago.

Emilie joined the School of Health & Society in November 2016. Prior to this she worked in a number of policy and research roles in and around Westminster, and held a Lectureship in the Social Sciences at Cardiff University (2014-2016),

An interdisciplinarian, Emilie’s interests transgress the social sciences and humanities and draw particularly upon literary approaches and methods from human geography.

Areas of Research

Ethnographic methods and writing, place-making, sociology of everyday life. care and emotion, rurality, creative qualitative methods.

Areas of Supervision

I am interested in supervising ethnographic projects, those using creative qualitative methodologies and those concerned with place and culture.


Emilie's teaching interests reflect her commitment to building research capacity across the student population. Her experience in undertaking and training others in ethnographic work is a particular passion, and her teaching across postgraduate programmes reflects this.

As someone rooted in sociology, her teaching is also theoretically and conceptually rich and draws upon the history of ideas. This can be seen in her final year (level 6) UG teaching on precarity, constructions of childhood and the dissertation module.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Sociology & Social Policy

  • Social Research Methods

  • Public Policy

  • History & Sociology