The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Emma Clavering

Teaching Fellow



Following several years as an ethnographer, I moved from PEALS Research Centre in 2012 to take up my current post as Social Anthropology Teaching Fellow in GPS Sociology. This role has allowed me to continue to develop my teaching experience alongside an active research role. Areas of research interest, which continue to hold an enduring fascination for me, include: paediatric health care; narratives of identity, family, kinship and self; and notions of consumer culture related to health care settings and wider societal concerns.

I have lived in the North East of England most of my life, and have been very fortunate to be able to continue my academic connection with Newcastle University from my time as an undergraduate.

Roles and Responsibilities

I am the Senior Tutor in Sociology

I also organise the Sociology Summer School PARTNERS programme

My main teaching (2016/17) includes being Module Leader on:

SOC1033 Understanding Everyday Lives

SOC2067 Consumer Cultures 

SOC8038 Embodied Health: Social and Cultural Constructions




Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice LTES (2014) & DTS (2015) Newcastle University

Ph.D. Newcastle University, December 2004
‘Singled Out? An Ethnographic Study of Lone Parents’ Consumer Strategies in East End Newcastle.’ Lead supervisor: Prof Peter Phillimore. ESRC Funded.

BA (hons) Social Studies, Newcastle University 1997 (1st Class)


European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

British Sociological Association (BSA) 


Current Teaching: 


SOC2067 Consumer Cultures (Module Leader)

SOC1033 Understanding Everyday Lives (Team teaching)



SOC8044 Being, Belonging & Identity (Module Leader)

HSC8047 Health & Society MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research (Team teaching)




Research Interests

Understandings of new medicine and technology in everyday worlds;

Experiences and perspectives of medically othered children and their families;

Critical engagements with professional cultures (health and social care);

Processes of social and cultural marginalisation;

Ethnographic and ethical research practices.

Other Expertise

I have over 6 years experience working in sensitive areas of health-related research exploring socio-cultural understandings of health and wellbeing.

My research skills include in-depth ethnographic interviewing, observational work in formal settings such as medical consultations and informal settings such as home and community, and working with children and young adults.

Involved in organising dissemination outputs which engage with a range of audiences.

Recent Research

Kinship & Genetic Journeys: A Study of Families Who Are Referred to Paediatric Genetics (PI Professor Janice McLaughlin. ESRC Funded)

Postgraduate Supervision

Co-supervisor, along with Dr Janice McLaughlin (lead), Dr Tracy Finch, and Prof Sir John Burn:
Lorraine Cowley, 'Living with Hereditary non Polyposis Colon Cancer.' Funded by Cancer Research UK. -Doctorate Awarded  2012