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Dr Sharon Lockyer

Dr Sharon Lockyer
Reader - Sociology & Communications

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Sharon Lockyer in a Reader in Sociology and Communications with an international research track-record in the sociology of culture, critical comedy studies, and mixed-methods research. She is founding director of the Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) - the first, and only, international research centre devoted to the academic of comedy. Sharon has worked on externally funded projects involving multiple stakeholders and is skilled in leading public engagement and impact activities involving diverse audiences, which utilise her extensive academic, industry, and public contacts. She has researched and taught at other institutions including Loughborough University and De Montfort University, and has been a Visiting Professor at Dunarea de Jos University of Galati. Before becoming an academic Sharon worked in the cultural industries.


  • PhD Communication and Media Studies (Loughborough)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert) (Brunel)
  • BSc Communication and Media Studies (Loughborough), 1st Class


  • Director of Equality and Diversity for Department of Social and Political Sciences
  • Director of the Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR)
  • REF 2021 Working Group member, Division of Social Sciences and Communications

Newest selected publications

Lockyer, S. (2020) 'Women and Comedy', in Ross, K. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication. Wiley. pp. 1 - 7. ISBN 13: 9781119429104.

Book chapter

Lockyer, S. and Savigny, H. (2020) 'Rape Jokes Aren’t Funny: The Mainstreaming of Rape Jokes in Contemporary Newspaper Discourse'. Feminist Media Studies, 20 (3). pp. 443 - 449. ISSN: 1468-0777 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lockyer, S. (2020) 'From Toothpick Legs to Dropping Vaginas: Gender and Sexuality n Joan Rivers’ Stand-up Comedy', in Wilkie, I. (ed.) The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader. Routledge. pp. 213 - 223.

Book chapter

Lockyer, S. (2019) '‘It’s Really Scared of Disability’: Disabled Comedians’ Perspectives of the British Television Comedy Industry', in Kuppers, P. (ed.) Disability, Arts and Culture: International Critical Approaches. Intellect.

Book chapter

Laineste, L. and Lockyer, S. (2019) 'Introduction: Special Issue dedicated to Christie Davies'. Humor, 32 (2). pp. 147 - 149. ISSN: 0933-1719 Open Access Link

Journal article
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