Dr Kat Jungnickel is a Professor in the Sociology Department. In addition to Directing Methods Lab, she is PI on the ERC funded Politics of Patents project. Kat teaches sociology, STS and feminist technoscience and creative and inventive practice. Her research is on invention, gender, mobilities and DiY cultures and the history and futures of wearable tech.


Dr Melissa Nolas is a Reader in the Sociology Department. She joined the Methods Lab as co-Director in 2024 and has been directing the Childhood Publics Research Programme and the Children’s Photography Archive since 2014 and 2021 respectively; both programme and archive have been funded by the ERC. Melissa teaches ‘methods for worldmaking’ to UG students, childhood studies, and life course sociology through the lens of material culture. She is known for her research on childhood publics, children’s visual cultures, publics creating methodologies, children’s archives, and multimodal ethnography.

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METHODS LAB is linked to the Visual Sociology program (MA and PhD), which is designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches. We support student activities in the form of exhibitions, events and seminars.