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Dr Michael Rees

Dr Michael Rees

Lecturer in Sociology

  • Email address M.Rees@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 3413
  • Location May Seacole Building
  • Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Institute School of Social, Historical and Political Studies
  • Areas of expertise

    Social theory, social research methods, the sociology of sex and gender, the sociology of the body, and the sociology of health and illness

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.

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

Kidney Research User Group

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

Rees, M. (2016) 'From Outsider to Established – Explaining the Current Popularity and Acceptability of Tattooing'.  Historical Social Research 41 (3) pp. 157-174

Rees, M. and Brettle, A. (2018) 'Why are people who are socially deprived more likely to develop CKD than those who are not?  A systematic scoping review'.  London: Kidney Research UK

Kidney Research UK (2018) 'Kidney Health Inequalities in the United Kingdom: Reflecting on the past, reducing in the future'.  London: Kidney Research UK (contributing author).

Conferences and conference papers

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

'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

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