BSA Welcomes Three New Staff Members

Since April, the BSA has welcomed three new staff members.  Two are based in the Durham office and the third is based at the British Library.  As a way to get to know them we have written a short bio about them, and what they will be doing at the Association. 

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Sophie Belfield – Publications Coordinator

Sophie studied Linguistics at Nottingham Trent, after which she took on an internship with BioMed Central and Frontiers. After this she decided to move to Oxford and work as a Publishing Assistant on Wiley’s maths and statistics list for two years before returning home to the North East. As a Publications Coordinator she will be supporting the journals and books publishing at the BSA, as well as coordinating with the editors of Sociology, Work, Employment & Society, Cultural Sociology and Sociological Research Online on their digital strategy.

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Andy Rackley – BSA Postdoctoral Fellow for Sociology

Andy studied Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Birmingham, before qualifying as an archivist with the University of Liverpool’s MARM programme. He then went on to complete his PhD in 2016, entitled ‘Archiving the Games: collecting, storing and disseminating the London 2012 knowledge legacy’, after which he worked as the Wellcome Trust Archivist at West Sussex Record Office, cataloguing the records of the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, and their most famous scions: the Guinea Pig Club. As the BSA Fellow for Sociology at the British Library he will be undertaking a scoping study to show the potential of the BL’s collections for sociological research, providing feedback to the BL, and promoting the collections to members of the BSA and sociologists more generally in a way that is useful to them.

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Steph Rich – Public Engagement Officer

Steph studied Sociology at Durham University and then went on to work as a teacher in further education. After a short period away Steph returned to Durham University to complete a Masters, specialising in Social Research and Social Policy and is currently an ESRC funded PhD candidate in Social Policy at Durham University. As Public Engagement Officer she will be responsible for facilitating a new Regional Sociology Youth Assembly. Along with this she will also be supporting knowledge sharing activities for BSA members based on the Research Excellence Framework and activities to communicate the positive impact of the research findings of sociologists to the government.

We are sure you will hear from these new staff members as they settle into their roles and please do feel free to contact them.