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Sociology Research

 

Dr Tiffany Page is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge specialising in social inequalities. Originally from New Zealand, Tiffany completed a BA in Feminist Studies and Psychology, and a MSc in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, at the University of Canterbury. Her dissertation investigated how power operates within a university during organisational change. After graduating Tiffany worked as an organisational change management consultant at Accenture in New Zealand and Singapore. While living in Singapore Tiffany set up businesses in arts and events management and in editorial services, and was a senior consultant responsible for global customer reference programmes at a B2B technology marketing agency.

In 2011 Tiffany came to the UK to undertake a PhD in cultural studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, graduating in 2016. Her research conceptualised vulnerability as an ethical, political and methodological orientation through examining media reports of two asylum seekers who set their bodies on fire. Tiffany was an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, co-convening the MA in Gender, Media and Culture from 2016-2017.

After ongoing activism and case work during her studies, in 2016 Tiffany co-founded The 1752 Group, a research and lobby organisation that works at a national level to address staff-student sexual misconduct in the UK higher education sector. The organisation partners with academics, universities and sector organisations to conduct research and shape new sector practices and guidelines.

Research Interests

Tiffany has a commitment to academic research being connected to positive social change that is located where it matters to individuals and communities, and this informs her research and social change work. As an interdisciplinary researcher, Tiffany’s interests include the areas and intersections of vulnerability, gender inequalities and institutional violence, which span the disciplines of sociology, gender studies, media and cultural studies, and postcolonial studies. Tiffany’s research positions vulnerability as located concept through a postcolonial and feminist lens as a means to consider embodied responses to local and global social issues. New research will explore how the concept of ‘endurance’ can inform studies of vulnerability and approaches to how we understand articulations of power and violence inflicted upon those who continue to persist under conditions of precarity. Tiffany has a strong interest in methods and how vulnerability can make epistemic, methodological and pedagogic interventions.

In relation to gender inequalities in higher education, Tiffany’s current research examines practices, cultures and leadership that produce particular institutional responses to staff sexual misconduct and help to sustain conditions in which forms of gender based and sexual violence occur. These activities are highly collaborative and engage The 1752 Group and academics at different institutions. This includes conducting the first national student survey on staff sexual misconduct in the UK in partnership with the National Union of Students, with findings to be published in a national report in 2018.

Teaching

SOC7: Media, Culture and Society (Paper organiser in Michaelmas term)

SOC10: Sociology of Gender (Paper organiser)

SOC11: Racism, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity

SOC12: Social Problems in Modern Britain

MPhil in Media and Culture

MPhil in Sociology: Elements of Social Inquiry
 

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Page, T. 2018. Sustaining life: Rethinking modes of agency in vulnerability. Australian Feminist Studies, 33 (98). [Link]

Page, T. 2017. Vulnerable writing as a feminist methodological practice. Feminist Review, 115: 13-29. [Link]

Whitley, L., and Page, T. 2015. Sexism at the centre: Locating the problem of sexual harassment. Special issue on sexism. New Formations, 86: 34-53. [Link]

Hokowhitu, B. and Page, T. 2011. Postcolonial Peace. Junctures, 14: 13-25. [Link]

Key Publications - Other

National Union of Students and The 1752 Group. Power in the Academy: Staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education. 4 April 2018. Available: https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resources/nus-staff-student-sexual-misconduct-report

Page, T. A reflection on vulnerable methods of research. Feminist Review Blog. 2 May 2017. Available at: https://femrev.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/a-reflection-on-vulnerable-metho...

Page, T. Imperial College and Culture Change. 5 January 2017. The 1752 Group Blog. Available at: https://1752group.com/imperial-college-and-cultural-change/

Grants and Projects

Page, T. Senior Personnel (2018-2019) National Science Foundation. 'Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct: An International Conference to Identify Barriers, Develop Resources and Recommendations, and Build Community' (HRD-183668) (US$96,930). PI: Julie Libarkin (Michigan State University); co-PI: Maddy Coy (University of Florida).

Page, T. Investigator team (2017-2018). HEFCE Catalyst grant 'Developing intersectional approaches to challenge sexual harassment and violence in universities' (£43,000). PI: Vanita Sundaram (University of York).

Page, T. Co-Applicant (2018). British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. “What universities can learn from workplace policies on preventing sexual misconduct.” (£9,966). PI: Dr Anna Bull (University of Portsmouth).

Page, T. Co-Investigator (2018). University of Portsmouth grant 'Analysis of secondary data on staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education' (£6877.16).

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations

Job Title:
Lecturer in Sociology