The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Casey

Lecturer in Sociology

Background

Background

I have been involved with Sociology since 1993 when by chance I took A'level Sociology, and since then I have been hooked. I began my ESRC funded PhD at Newcastle University in 2000, and was awarded it in 2004. I then undertook a one year ESRC Postdoctoral position in 2004-5 at Newcastle University, under which I spent time in Australia researching urban gay men and their travel experiences (see publications).

Roles and Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching - I have been involved in the development and delivery of the below modules here at Newcastle:

Understanding Everyday Life (Stage 1)

The Sociology of Tourism (Stage 2)

Regulating Sexuality (Stage 3).

At Teesside University I am the External Examiner for their Sociology degree (2013-2016).  

Qualifications

PhD - Newcastle University 2004.

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Newcastle University 2005

Research

Research Interests

My current areas of research interest rest within Spain and Mallorca, sexuality studies, 'the city and rural', gender studies, travel and tourism, the package holiday and social class. I also have an emerging interest in the sociology of gardening.

In 2009-2011 I was the principle investigator on a British Academy Small Research Grant with my colleague Yvette Taylor. The grant allowed us to undertake research that has explored lesbians and gay men's lives and identities in the North East of England and the impacts of urban gentrification upon the place of sexual others within urban and rural landscapes.  

In 2011 I was awarded a small research grant from Newcastle University that continues to allow me to undertake research upon the lives of British 'ex-pats' living in Mallorca and meanings of home and belonging during the current economic crisis. This work is on-going.  

Current Work

I am currently working with my colleague Thomas Thurnell-Read on a new research project focused on tourism. 

I am very much interested in the television show ‘Benidorm’ and how it represents the working class tourist in Spain. I have recently published a paper entitled ‘The Working Class on Holiday: British Comedy in Benidorm and Classed Tourism’ (Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice, Vol.5(1): 1-20). I am also currently writing a number of other papers that focus on reality television shows set in Magaluf, Mallorca.

My work on Mallorca is on-going and I run the Mallorca Research Network with Hazel Andrews at LJMU:

http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mallorcaresearchnetwork/aboutthenetwork/

I am very interested and would welcome, anyone else who is interested in the island of Mallorca to contact me at my email address: M.E.Casey@ncl.ac.uk

Future Research

I intend to continue to develop my research in the field of travel, tourism and social class, the development of tourism within Spain and gardening. I welcome any interest in this from academics or potential PhD students either in this field or the area of sexuality and gender studies.

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD Supervision:

Jacqui Close (ESRC +3) 'Ideals and Expectations: Representations, Practices and Governance of Contemporary Motherhood' with Jackie Leach Scully, Newcastle, Sociology and Steph Lawler, York, Sociology (2012-2016)

Nathar Iqbal (ESRC 1+3) 'Drifting away Silently' to be co-supervised with Prof Peter Hopkins in Geography at Newcastle University (2014-2018).

Carl Thopmson (ESRC 1+3) ‘Me, Myself and Cyber I: Sexuality, Performativity and Place’ to be co-supervised with Prof Peter Hopkins in Geography at Newcastle University (2013-2017).

In 2013-14 I worked with a Hailin Zang from Shaghai who secured a 4 month internship to work with me on his MA Research that has focused upon tourism, sexuality and space.

I was the joint-supervisor (along with Mr John Vail) of Ivan Hill's ESRC Funded PhD entitled 'Masculinity and War: Diaries and Letters of Soldiers Serving in the South African War (1899-1902). He was awarded his PhD in 2011.

PhD Examination:

I was the external examiner for JG Marx's PhD entitled '(In)visibility and the Exercise of Power: A Genealogy of the Politics of Drag Spectacles in a Small City in South Africa'. Rhodes University, South Africa (2012).  

For Anu Vaittinen's PhD entitled: 'Varieties of Embodied Knowing: An Ethnographic Study of Mixed Martial Arts', Newcastle University (2014), I was the internal examiner.

MLitt Examination

I was the internal examiner for James Cumming's MLitt research paper entitled: 'Homosexual Identity Construction at the Intersection of Regionalism and Sexuality in Hainan Province China'.

I was also the external examiner for the UG thesis of Charlie Emple entitled ‘Gay Liberation at Large’, Bates University, USA (2012).

Funding

British Academy Small Research Grants (2009)

 

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach the following UG modules.

Stage 3 - Regulating Sexuality (Soc 3045)

Stage 2 - The Sociology of Tourism (Soc 2080)

Stage 1 - Understanding Everyday Life (Soc 1033)

Publications