The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Winkler-Reid

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Background

I am a social anthropologist focusing on questions of personhood and how we become particular kinds of people; value, ethics, and morality in everyday life; and contemporary Britain. My past research focused on young people's everyday lives in a London school. My present research focuses on construction and development in Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding region, and the people involved in these processes. I am the co-founder of Girl-Kind North East

I joined Newcastle University as a Lecturer in Social Anthropology in 2015. Prior to this I was a Teaching Fellow in Anthropology in the department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol. I received my PhD in Anthropology from Brunel University.

I am on research leave academic year 2018/19.

Research

My research focuses on questions of personhood and how we become particular kinds of people; value, ethics and morality in everyday life; and contemporary Britain.

My past research draws from my ethnographic fieldwork in a London secondary school. From the perspectives of young people's everyday lives and relationships in school, I have explored questions of personhood, friendship, humour, race and ethnicity, sexual ethics, bodily dissatisfaction and value and success.

Building on this research, I am the co-founder of Girl-Kind North East. Working with girls across the region, we help them turn their experiences, thoughts and ideas about growing up as a girl in the region into creative interventions showcased at an annual celebration event to mark International Day of the Girl.

My current research is focusing on construction and (re)development in Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding region. Many different people are drawn together by these projects; local residents, developers, people working in the construction industry, planning professionals and politicians. I am exploring how people connected in these ways think about these big projects and how it relates to their lives, communities and self-understandings.

Current funded projects:

Researcher, Frontlines of Value (PI Don Kalb, funded by University of Bergen, the Bergen Research Foundation, and the Norwegian Government, 2018 - 2022).

Principle Investigator, Girl-Kind North East (funded by ESRC Impact Accelerator Award 2017 - 2019, Newcastle University Social Justice Fund 2019).

 







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