Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Dr Dave Elder-Vass

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Reader in Sociology

Dave came to Sociology after a career as an IT specialist and executive. Between IT and Loughborough, he studied for his PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, and spent three years as a British Academy post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.

His research interests are sociological theory and economic sociology, particularly in the new digital environment, and he has published three books with Cambridge University Press. For more details of his research programme, see his web site

Dave teaches on a variety of the core Sociology modules in the first and second years, and runs a series of workshops in the third year that help students with the nuts and bolts of their dissertation projects. He also offers an MA module on Digital Economies and an undergraduate module called Debating Society – an innovative option module which consists entirely of debates between students on popular recent books on sociological issues.


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