School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Laura Hyman

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Sociology (Reading), MSc Social Research Methods (Surrey), PhD Sociology (Surrey)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2205
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Laura joined the University of Portsmouth in January 2011, having previously worked as a Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University and as a Research Officer at the ESRC Question Bank at the University of Surrey. She also undertook her doctoral research and MSc in Social Research Methods at Surrey, and obtained a BA in Sociology at the University of Reading.

Laura’s main research interest is in the sociological study of happiness, and her doctoral thesis examined culture and discourse in relation to people’s everyday experiences and perceptions of this. She also has interests in the sociology of emotions, self, identity and subjectivity, qualitative and quantitative research methods and social theory. She has co-edited a book on the survey measurement of social phenomena (Social Measurement through Social Surveys: an applied approach, 2010) and has written a book (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and a number of articles on the relationship between happiness, society and culture. She is also a Convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Happiness Study Group and is involved with the organisation and promotion of conferences, seminars and other events relating to sociological inquiry into happiness and well-being.

Teaching Responsibilities

Laura is the First Year Tutor for Sociology. She offers a second year optional unit entitled ‘Emotions and Social Life’, and co-ordinates the first year core unit ‘Studying Society’. She also contributes to the teaching of the core first year units ‘Observing Society’ and ‘Themes in Sociology’.


Research Clusters

  • Sociology and Social Theory

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