Dr Michelle Webster

Personal profile

I began working at Royal Holloway as a Teaching Fellow in 2014 and became a Lecturer in Sociology in 2016.  I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway at the beginning of 2016.  I also hold an MSc in Social Research and a BA in Sociology, both from the University of Leicester.

Research interests

My research spans the sociology of food, health and illness (particularly the experience of chronic conditions), the life course, family life and personal relationships.  Building on my interest in childhood and family relationships, I am currently a CI on a British Academy funded project looking at the nature of grandparenting in contemporary society.  I also have a strong interest in role that food consumption and eating practices play in identity formation and personal relationships.  My interest in this area was sparked when undertaking my doctoral research, which was the first sociological study exploring the use of the ketogenic diet among families with a child with epilepsy.  


This year I am teaching on the following courses:

CR3017 – Diet, Identity and Body Image

CR2011 – Research Methods for Social Scientists

CR2012 – Data Analysis for Social Scientists

CR1014 – Introduction to Sociology


I have previously taught on:

CR1015 – Social Problems and Social Policy

CR2010 – Research Methods for Psychologists

CR2030 – Data Analysis for Psychologists


I have also supervised BSc Criminology & Sociology and BSc Criminology & Psychology undergraduate dissertations and MA Consumption, Culture and Marketing postgraduate dissertations. 


I am a member of the British Sociological Association and a member of the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Committee.

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