Vanessa May is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives at the University of Manchester. She has conducted research on narrative identity, lone motherhood, and intergenerational relationships. Her current research focuses on the multidimensionality of belonging and how different qualitative research methods allow researchers to ‘capture’ different dimensions of belonging. Vanessa has published in a number of journals including Sociology, Sociological Review, International Journal of Research Methods and Narrative Inquiry, and has recently authored a book entitled Connecting Self to Society: Belonging in a Changing World (Palgrave Macmillan).
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Stewart Muir is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, prior to which he worked at the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, both at the University of Manchester. Stewart’s research has spanned indigenous imagery and cultural property in urban Australia; domestic and family traditions in the north west of England; and age, belonging and neighbourhood; the role of memory and nostalgia in visions of the future and the intersection of hope and environmental sustainability; and the development and deployment of innovative and interdisciplinary qualitative research methods.
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