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Celia Lury (Centre Director)

Celia Lury (Centre Director)

I am interested in the way in which 'live' methods enact social worlds. Current investigations involve looking the role of methods: in brand valuation, bio-sensing, ranking influence in social media, tracking and surveillance, and personalisation. Recent publications include 'What is the empirical?', a Special Issue of European Journal of Social Theory (co-edited with Lisa Adkins), Inventive Methods, (co-edited with Nina Wakeford, Routledge, 2012), Measure and Value (co-edited with Lisa Adkins, Blackwell, 2012), and a Special Issue of Theory, Culture and Society on Topologies of Culture (co-edited with Luciana Parisi and Tiziana Terranova).

Research Profile

Interdisciplinary methodologies; feminist and cultural theory; sociology of culture; branding and consumer culture; numbers and names.

Academic Profile

I took up the position of Director at CIM in January 2012. I had previously been Professor and Head of Department (from 2007-2010) in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to that I was in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, where I was Co-Director of the Institute for Women Studies (with Beverley Skeggs, from 1994-7). Even before that - my first academic job - was at what was then Wolverhampton Polytechnic, where I taught Cultural Studies. I hold a DPhil and MA in Sociology from the University of Manchester and a BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of York.

Current Research Projects

Order and Continuity: Methods for Change in a Topological Society’, ESRC Professorial Fellowship.

Materialising Number through Measure: Sensing, knowing and Participating, Funded by: Intel

Socialising ‘Big Data’: Identifying the Risks And Vulnerabilities of Data-Objects

Creative Temporal Costings, Funded by: AHRC

Selected Publications

Inventive Methods

Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social (Culture, Economy, and the Social)
Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford
(1 Aug 2013)


Research Supervised

  • Ana Gross - 'A Study of Overflowing Data'
  • Szymon Piatek - tba

Co- Supervised

  • Esteban Damiani - 'Digital Economies and the public: Analysing social media, online metrics and value production in the 2014 Uruguayan political campaign'
  • Craig Gent - 'The Dashboard and the Stack: the post-Fordist reconfiguration of work through dashboard interfaces'
  • Silvia Mollicchi - 'Complex art practices and the phenomenon of cultural iridescence'
  • Scott Wark - 'Meme Theory'


Centre Director

Celia Lury


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Room B0.10
University of Warwick

Tel: +44 (0)24761 51757