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Sociologist with specialist expertise in Chinese society, family politics, disaster and risk society and interactionist and Marxist theoretical approaches. I am currently interested in public discourses of the family using critical discourse analysis approaches, and "gamer" culture from an interactionist approach.

I studied Chinese Studies and an MA in Advanced Chinese Studies at the Unviersity of Leeds, and completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. My PhD was fully funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) as part of the "Risk and East Asia" Graduate College at Duisburg-Essen. It was awarded a prize in 2017 for the "outstanding" quality of my doctoral research.

I have recently achieved fellowship of the HEA and teach widely across the undergraduate curricula in the Social Sciences.


BA Chinese Studies (Modern) - University of Leeds

MA Advanced Chinese Studies - University of Leeds

PhD in Sociology - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Research interests

My research expertise to date has developed in sociological approaches to families, with a regional specialisation on Chinese society, and theoretical perspectives on risk, everyday life, and Marxism in particular reference to the People's Republic of China. My prize winning PhD thesis explored ways in which mainland Chinese families devastated by the death of a relative in a natural disaster were encouraged to undergo, and portrayed as, "normalising" by the Chinese state media and both central and local policy.

For this project, I independently arranged and conducted interviews in Mandarin Chinese with residents of Sichuan, where the 7.9M Wenchuan earthquake struck in 2008. I conducted an analysis of approximately 200 news and media items concerning the policies and portrayals of families in the earthquake area, and developed a theoretical understanding of "everyday life" that incorporated Foucauldian notions of normalisation in the wider context of a risk society.

Professional affiliations

Co-Convener of the British Sociological Association "Families and Relationships" Study Group (since April 2017)


Member of

British Association for Chinese Studies

British Criminological Association 

British Sociological Association




Understanding Social Change (Sociology, first year)

Becoming a Sociologist (Sociology combined students, first year)

Digital Society (Sociology, third year)

The Sociology of Childhood (Sociology, second year)

Understanding Justice (Criminology, third year) - This module is a "Learning Together" project with HMP Belmarsh. The module takes place in HMP Belmarsh with 10 Roehampton-based students and 10 Belmarsh-based students. 


  • HM Sociology
  • families
  • relationships
  • disaster
  • risk
  • technology
  • digital society
  • China
  • PRC

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Research Output

Introduction: Renegotiating Social Risks in The People’s Republic of China and Japan

Jentzch, H. & Lamont, A., 1 Jun 2020, In : Pacific Affairs. 93, 2, p. 265-279 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Book Review Symposium: Jennifer Mason, Affinities: Potent Connections in Personal Life

Lamont, A., 30 Jan 2019, In : Sociology. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Wretched? Women's Questions of Love and Labour in the People's Republic of China

Lamont, A., 30 May 2019, (Submitted) Romantic Relationships in a Time of Cold Intimacies. Arocha, L. & Carter, J. (eds.). Palgrave: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Imagining the Audience: Game developers' negotiation of fan culture

Lamont, A. & Busfield, R., 11 Apr 2018, (In preparation).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


"Dies Academicus" prize

Lamont, Alison (Recipient), 28 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2020

Alison Lamont (Speaker), & Kailing Xie (Speaker)

21 Apr 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British International Studies Association Conference 2020

Kailing Xie (Speaker), & Alison Lamont (Speaker)

17 Jun 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Hodder Education (Publisher)

Alison Lamont (Peer reviewer)

Jan 2019Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Activity

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

Alison Lamont (Peer reviewer)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Learning Together Annual Conference 2019

Alison Lamont (Keynote/plenary speaker)

27 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference