Dr Michael Rees

Dr Michael ReesSchool

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies


Lecturer in Sociology

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323413

Email: M.Rees@wlv.ac.uk


University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building (MH)
Nursery Street


I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Sociology from the University of the West of England in 2007 and after a couple of years working returned to postgraduate study at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in Social Research Methods in 2010 and a PhD in Sociology in 2015. My PhD, titled Identity and Authenticity: A Figurational Exploration of Tattooing Practices in Twenty-First Century Britain, explores the relationship between the body and identity through a focus on tattooing.

My primary research interests are focused on areas to do with the body and embodiment including, but not limited to, sex, gender, race, disability, identity, and health and illness. More recently I have been focusing my interests on kidney disease and am hoping to conduct research into kidney disease in the near future.

My teaching interests include social theory, social research methods, the sociology of sex and gender, the sociology of the body, and the sociology of health and illness.

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons) Sociology (First Class) - University of the West of England
MA Social Research Methods (Merit) - University of Kent
PhD Sociology - University of Kent

Teaching interests

Social Theory
Social Research Methods
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Sociology of the Body
Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology of Identity

Professional body membership and roles

Kidney Research User Group

Research interests

Identity and contemporary culture
Body modification
Sex and gender
Mental illness
Kidney disease

Selected publications

Rees (2016) From Outsider to Established – Explaining the Current Popularity and Acceptability of Tattooing.  Historical Social Research 41 (3).

'The Insider/Outsider Status of a Heavily Tattooed Researcher Researching Tattooing' - conference paper presented at the British Sociological Association Researching Bodies
Conference, 28 November 2014.

'From Outsider to Established: Explaining the Popularity and Acceptability of Tattooing in 21st Century Britain' - conference paper presented at the From the Past to the Present and towards Possible Futures Conference 20-22 June 2014

Principal organiser of the conference 'The Body: Exploring Culture and Research', funded by the British Sociological Association, held at the University of Kent in 2011.

'Power Relations Inside the Tattooing Studio' - conference paper presented at the British Sociological Association Body and Ageing Conference September 2011