Dr Emilie Whitaker


Emilie is an ethnographer sociologist.  Her work explores the sociology of emotion, of everyday life, and the practices and logics of care. An interdisciplinarian of a deviant nature, Emilie braids ideas and approaches from across the social sciences and humanities in her work.

Emilie has considerable experience in undertaking ethnographic research. She has undertaken fieldwork research in social care settings, acute hospital wards, and with community-based alternative end of life practitioners. Current fieldwork involves a methodological experiment to discover the rural experience of the pandemic, using creative methods, but without undertaking classical observational fieldwork. The study is concerned with exploring the intersections of place with everyday life under profoundly altered circumstances.

Her current writing explores the mess and miracle of ethnographic work and life. Two forthcoming books are reflective of this work.

She is on the editorial board for The Sociological Review.

Prior to joining Salford in 2016, Emilie held research and teaching roles at the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University.


Postgrad supervision interests

Ethnographic studies concerned with: Care, emotion/affect, welfare, everyday life.


Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/profile/59563

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1370-1071


Keywords: Ethnography, Care, Everyday life, Qualitative Methods.


Qualitative methods, ethnography