Dr Irmak Karademir-Hazir

Reader in Sociology

School of Law and Social Sciences

Irmak Karademir-Hazir


Irmak is the Subject Coordinator for the Sociology single honours and combined degrees. She gained her first degree and MA degree in Sociology, with a minor in Politics, from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester. She has taught at METU and the University of Manchester, prior to joining Oxford Brookes in 2016. Her research interests lie in the areas of sociology of consumption, culture, class inequalities and socialisation, social mobility and research methods. 

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • U26103 Researching the Social World  (Module Lead)
  • U26124 Social Research Methods (Module Lead)
  • U26104 Contemporary Societies, Structure and Change (Module Lead)
  • U26126 Culture and Everyday Life (Module Lead)
  • U26101 Social Differences and Divisions (Seminar Lead)

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Tim Wakeman How do Social Movements emerge and bring about social change? A case study of Focus E15 Active


Irmak has been actively engaged with professional associations and journals in her field of study. She is currently a convenor for the British Sociological Association’s Consumption Study Group and serves on the editorial board of the journals 'The Sociological Review', 'Sociology' and 'Consumption & Society'. Irmak is a member of ECCI, the European Center for the Study of Culture and Inequality and previously served on the boards of the European Sociological Association’s Consumption Research Network (2012-2017) and the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on the Body in the Social Sciences (2014- 2019).

Irmak’s most recent research, funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant looks at the practices of foodwork (eating, cooking and feeding) in families with small children across different social classes.  She uses an ethnographic and longitudinal design to understand how parents’ and carers’ food practices and notions change over time. 

Irmak is also a partner in an international project, funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, exploring how cultural and art fields transformed in Turkey in the last couple of decades. Collaborating with colleagues from Ankara University, this project aims to develop a critical understanding of Islamic, conservative art/artist debate and gathers data to view the process from the perspective of artists, audiences and cultural intermediaries who identify with conservative/Islamist politics.  

Prior to these two projects, Irmak was a partner of a cross-national comparative project called CUDIGE “Cultural Distinctions, Generations and Change which explored the changes that have taken place in the classification and social valuation of culture in six European countries in the past 50 years. This research was funded by University of Helsinki research grants, the Kone Foundation and the Academy of Finland (PI: Assoc Prof. Semi Purhonen). The book that came out of the project is published OPEN ACCESS and can be found here. https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/22362 (for more information about the project please see: CUDIGE )


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