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Scholarly biography

Dr Lesley Murray is an Associate Professor in Social Science at the University of Brighton, teaching sociology  research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is an experienced researcher with a track record in commissioning and managing research and in successfully bidding for research projects. Lesley has over 25 years’ experience in urban mobilities research in academia and government, having worked as a transport researcher for the London Research Centre, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London, commissioning research on a range of issues. She completed a PhD in 2007 through an ESRC studentship, followed by an ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Brighton. Lesley’s research interests centre on urban mobilities and she has published extensively in this field, including on gendered and generational mobilities, the intersections between mobile and visual methods and urban mobile spaces.

Research interests

Although my research interests centre on the field of mobilities, this is a broad area of research that incorporates many diverse topics. I have four main areas of interest within his field. Firstly I have worked for a number of years on mobilities and transport and the ways in which transport intersects with other social issues. Secondly, recent work has focused on intergenerational and gendered mobilities and the ways in which these are mediated through communication technologies. Thirdly, another recent research project seeks to understand the significance of urban streets as spaces of social interactions and design. Lastly, I continue to pursue new ways of carrying out research through creative research methodologies and methods. I lead the Cities and Injustices (Cii) Research and Enterprise Group.

Approach to teaching

I teach sociology and research methods modules at all levels. I am a keen and active researcher and my research, along with my profession experience, shapes my teaching practice. I use a combination of traditional teaching activities: lectures, seminars, tutorials and supervision, ensuring that the activity is best suited to the learning outcomes and course assessment. Lectures are interspersed with questions, from and to students, and I use a range of modes of representation including film, literature, and visual arts, and different media including audio-visual and online, to communicate ideas through contemporary examples. I think that students learn best when they are fully engaged with a particular topic and can apply it in their social world.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in mobilities, urban sociology, visual sociology and gender and generation. I am currently supervising the following projects:

Why do we still fly when we know the environmental cost? A critical analysis of the resources, mechanisms, practices and networks that support leisure aviation consumption Adam Jones

Home strange home: Learning to live in a tangled, troubled place Kate Monson

Transformations and Transgenerational Environmental Relationships in Europe, 1950–2020 Eeva Pärjälä

What does sequential art tell us about architectural interactions that other media do not? Alex Fitch

Social and cultural exclusion through seaside gentrification on the south coast Bethan Prosser

The datafication of cycling – effects and opportunities at the intersection of industry and transport policy/planning Shaun Williams

Precarious practices and policies in the divided ‘smart city’ Matthew Smith


External positions

Peer reviewer

15 Mar 2017 → …

External Examiner, Canterbury Christ Church University

30 Sep 2016 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • Mobilities
  • Urban
  • Gender and Generation

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Research Output 2008 2017

Drawing mobile shared spaces: Brighton bench study

Murray, L. & Robertson, S. 14 Feb 2017 Mobilising design. Spinner, J., Reimer, S. & Pinch, P. (eds.). London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
role play

Intelligent Transport Solutions for Social Inclusion (ITSSI): Project Report

Behrendt, F., Murray, L., Hancox, A., Sourbati, M. & Huber, J. 22 May 2017 128 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
municipal council
policy area

Moving around children’s fiction: agentic and impossible mobilities

Murray, L. & Overall, S. 31 May 2017 12, 4, p. 572-584 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Understanding everyday mobilities through the lens of disruption

Doughty, K. & Murray, L. 6 Nov 2017 Experiencing networked urban mobilities: practices, flows, methods. Freudendal-Pedersen, M., Hartmann-Petersen, K. & Perez Fjalland, L. P. (eds.). Abingdon, UK, p. 78-82 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

transport system
micro level

Comparative mobilities in an unequal world: researching intersections of gender and generation

Murray, L., Sawchuk, K. & Jirón, P. 31 Oct 2016 11, 4, p. 542-552 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social inequality
everyday life

Activities 2017 2017

Datafication of Cycling: SCDTP PhD studentship

Behrendt, F. (Participant), Murray, L. (Participant), Haynes, P. (Participant)
Sep 2017Sep 2020

Activity: Event