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Dr Sharon Lockyer
Associate Dean – Equality & Diversity (Students) / Reader - Sociology & Communications

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Sharon Lockyer is a Reader in Sociology and Communications with an international research track-record in mediated 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 and interdisciplinary research centre devoted to the academic study 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


  • Interim Associate Dean of Equality and Diversity, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences (CBASS)
  • 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. and De Benedictis, S. (2023) 'Performing pregnancy: Comic content, critique and ambivalence in pregnant stand-up comedy'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 26 (3). pp. 343 - 361. ISSN: 1367-8779 Open Access Link

Journal article

Double, O. and Lockyer, S. (2022) 'Alternative Comedy Now and Then Critical Perspectives'. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 10: 3030973506 ISSN 13: 9783030973506


Lockyer, S. and Weaver, S. (2022) 'On the importance of the dynamics of humour and comedy for constructionism and reflexivity in social science research methodology'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 25 (5). pp. 645 - 657. ISSN: 1364-5579 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lockyer, S. (2020) 'Women and Comedy', in Ross, K., Bachmann, I., Cardo, V., Moorti, S. and Scarcelli, M. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication. Hoboken, NJ, USA; London : Wiley. pp. 1 - 7. ISBN 13: 9781119429104.

Book chapter

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
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