Dr Dawn Lyon joined Kent in 2006. She previously worked as a researcher at the University of Essex, the European University Institute (Italy), Paris V, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Dr Lyon completed her PhD in Sociology at the European University Institute (Italy), her MA in Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies at the University of Warwick, and a combined Honours BSc in Society and Government, and French at Aston University.
Dr Lyon’s current research is broadly in the sociology of work and time. She is interested in the meanings work has for people (past, present and future), the (gendered) interconnections between work activities undertaken in different socio-economic relations (eg. paid and unpaid), the rhythms of working life, the embodied experience of work and the deployment of the senses in everyday working practices. She is also very interested in creative, visual and sensory qualitative research methods. She is a member of the editorial board of Time & Society.
Dr Lyon is currently collaborating with a filmmaker on a project entitled Remembering the Future, which explores memory, projectivity and imagination in relation to work and place. This builds on her previous research in The Living and Working on Sheppey and Imagine Sheppey projects which were concerned with young people’s imagined futures and the presence of the future in their lived experience of the present.
Past research projects include:
At undergraduate level, Dr Lyon teaches modules in qualitative research methods and the sociology of time and contributes to modules in sociology, urban life and emotion. She also convenes the SSPSSR Summer School in Urban Ethnography, which takes place each year in Paris in July. See a series of short films about the Summer School
At postgraduate level Dr Lyon teaches a core module in qualitative research and contributes to another core module on research design in the MA and PG Cert Methods of Social Research.
Dr Lyon is External Examiner for undergraduate programmes in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dr Lyon welcomes PhD students with proposals in any area of the sociology of work, and is keen to work with students wishing to use visual or sensory methods.
She is currently supervising:
Previous doctoral students: