Dr Richie Nimmo - personal details
My journey into the social sciences began with a visceral interest in politics as a teenager. I studied the subject enthusiastically at A-level, almost to the detriment of my other humanities subjects, and I was only introduced to sociology, which wasn't offered at my school, by my girlfriend who happened to be studying it at college. Reading Marx and other classics of critical social theory, the concerns of politics came to seem rather narrow. After beginning a degree in social and political sciences, which gave me the opportunity to study sociology formally for the first time, I was soon converted, and after a year of studying politics at Manchester I transferred to sociology, and graduated in that subject in 2002.
Having grown to love the city I went on to study for my Masters and PhD at Manchester. My thesis drew upon actor-network theory and Foucauldian genealogy to undertake a post-humanist socio-material history of the UK dairy industry. I completed the PhD in 2007 and immediately moved to the University of Aberdeen to take up a position as Lecturer in Sociology there. I was delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester two years later in September 2009. I continue to be inspired by the critical possibilities of sociology, but I am also increasingly concerned with the deletions and purifications of social thought, and by the ontological politics of its characteristic ways of knowing.