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Prof Brian Heaphy - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Sociology

Tel: 0161 275-0266

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-R3.035
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I have a first degree in Cultural Studies and a PhD in Sociology. Prior to working at Manchester I held lectureships at the University of Leeds and Nottingham Trent University, and was a research fellow at London South Bank University.

My teaching has included courses on gender and sexuality, families, relationships and social change, personal life, social theory, research methods and methodologies.

My research and publications has focused on the implications of social change for living with HIV; same sex intimacies; 'given' and chosen' families; ageing sexualities; friendships and other critical associations; theorising personal life; the links between sexualities and class; marriage and formalised partnerships, and qualitative research methods.

As well as the above, I have organised and provided training and capacity building workshops and events for the Realities node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. 

As Head of Sociology, I have worked with colleagues on initiatives to build further the dynamic teaching and research culture of Sociology at Manchester.