School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Joseph Burridge

  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer in Sociology and Subject Area Leader
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2228
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Joseph is a Principal Lecturer in Sociology, and Subject Leader for the Sociology subject area.  He is a discourse analyst, and a cultural sociologist with a specialist interest in the sociology of food.  He joined the Sociology team at the University of Portsmouth in September 2009, and was employed previously as a Lecturer in the Division of Politics and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University, a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, and as a part-time teacher in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, and as a part-time Lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Joseph teaches on a range of units on the Sociology undergraduate programme.  His main responsibility is coordinating the core second year research methods unit Doing Sociological Research, although he also teaches on first year core research methods unit Research Design and Analysis.  Joseph also offers a third year optional unit – Food, Culture and Society – based upon his primary substantive research interest.  


Joseph is interested in the dynamics of mediated discourse in contemporary, historical, public debates, and rhetorical positioning activity.  This has led him to consider, among other things, the discursive construction of 'identities' in various social conflicts, and to examine various types of material, including parliamentary debates, campaign posters, and the content of newspapers and magazines.  Methodologically, he tends to use an eclectic mix of discursive and visual methods. 

Joseph is currently engaged in a range of writing projects in the areas of food and culture, media discourse, and research methods, including collaborations with various colleagues.  In conjunction with Kay Peggs and Barry Smart, Joseph is currently working on a project concerned with Veganism. 

Joseph would welcome PhD and MRes proposals from candidates interested in the sociology of food, and the broader sociology of culture, as well as candidates proposing to use discursive methods in other relevant sociological contexts.

Research Clusters

  • Sociology and Social Theory

Research profile

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