Name Julius Elster
Affiliation London School of Economics; University of Birmingham
Areas of Research Realism and Anti-Realism, Social Ontology, Philosophy of Sociology, Qualitative Methods in Social Science, Social Epistemology and Cognitive Sociology, Social Mechanisms, Youth Sociology; Theories of Reflexivity; Youth-identity Formation
Biographical Info Academic trajectory: • After graduating with an MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from London School of Economics (where I obtained an overall Distinction), University of Birmingham offered me a Government and Society fees and bursary scholarship to pursue a PhD in Sociology. I'm currently teaching sociology while being in my final year as a doctoral researcher in the Department of Social Policy at University of Birmingham. Research interests: • My main field of study is youth sociology and contemporary social theory where I primarily focus on social mechanisms and the concept of reflexivity. I draw on a specific construal of reflexivity by borrowing from phenomenologically inspired sociology with the intention of examining, among other things, lived subjective experiences, youth-identity formation and young people's life trajectories.