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Dr Alison Lamont
27-28 Woburn Square
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) in Sociology
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
I completed my undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies, and an AHRC funded MA in Advanced Chinese Studies, at the University of Leeds. 

My DFG funded PhD took me to the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, where I was part of the DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613, "Risk and East Asia." My supervisor was Prof. Dr. Flemming Christiansen and I worked alongside a multidisciplinary, multi-area group of researchers exploring welfare shifts across East Asia. 

I defended my thesis in 2016 and was awarded a "summa cum laude" degree, and a prize for "outstanding thesis." Subsequently I moved back to the UK to take up a post at the University of Roehampton before joining UCL in September 2021.

Research Themes
Research Summary
My doctoral research explored the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in China and how families who lost either a child or a spouse were supported by the Chinese state to recover "normality." My analysis explores how normality was reconstructed by "reconstructing" normative family forms through remarriage and reproduction. Part of my findings have been published as part of a special issue I co-edited for Pacific Affairs. 

Since then, I have explored Chinese women's fears around singlehood, drawing on social media sources. This work prompted my wider interest in digital methods, but also digital sociology and visions of a network society more broadly. My future work seeks to build in this direction.

Teaching Summary
I have taught across Sociology, Criminology and China Studies programmes at BSc and MSc level. My particular teaching focus has been on social theory; families and relationships and digital sociology. 

I currently lead or co-lead the following modules:

Gender, Families and Work (co-led with Prof Alison Koslowski; BSc Sociology and BSc Social Sciences Year 3)

Advanced Qualitative Methods (MSc Social Research Methods)

20-SEP-2021 Lecturer (T) in Sociology SRI IOE UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2016 – 19-SEP-2021 Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology Department of Social Sciences University of Roehampton, United Kingdom
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