I am a researcher

Hi everyone, thank you for your interest in me as a researcher – this is where you’ll find information on my past and current research activities, projects I have been and I am part of, publications and everything else that makes up my starting-to-develop academic identity.

schoolboy with open book on white background. Isolated 3D imageEducation. So far I have gone through three higher education establishments – I started my educational journey in Baku State University where I got my bachelor’s degree in International Relations. In 2010 I moved to the UK  to study Media and Communications at the University Of Leicester, which is where and when I got passionate about higher education,  academia and, particularly, research. After I got my MA I was mad enough to pursue a PhD and successful enough to secure a fully funded place at the University of Leeds, where I currently live (not exactly in the university though). I am now based at the School of Sociology and Social Policy  where I am developing a research project to explore the relationships between consumer identities and ethical food choices. I’ve got an immense interest in all kinds of issues around food and food labelling including, but not limited to, public health and food policy, modern food production systems, alternative food networks, food industry, social and political meaning of food and eating, sustainable consumption, ethical consumerism  – the list goes on! Check out my posts, links and other written and pictorial matter for the kinds of things I am inspired by and engaged with.

Basic RGBResearch experience. So far I have been part of a couple of full-scale research projects and fantastic academic teams leading them. These included the project on the politics around allotments in the UK, initiated in 2011 by Dr Farida Vis – check out our earlier website  (although now somewhat derelict as the project has since grown large and moved into a new space). The research received quite a lot of attention in the national media, was featured in the Guardian Data blog  and even earned me a profile with the UK’s most prominent national newspaper as well as appreciation of my contribution from my second Alma Mater, which is always nice and pleasant.  As I said, the project has been a success and is currently at its second stage with proper funding, new website, a larger team of fantastic academics and some really promising outcomes!

I have also been a part of the team of academics collaborating with the Guardian on analysing tweets from the time of the Summer Riots in England in 2011 as part of their Reading the Riots investigation.


Book chapters

Vis, F., Faulkner, S., Parry, K., Manyukhina, Y., and Evans, L., (2013). ‘Twitpic-ing the riots: analysing images shared on Twitter during the 2011 UK riots’, for edited collection, Twitter and Society, Peter Lang.

Other publications

Procter, R., Vis, F., Voss, A., Cantijoch, M., Manyukhina, Y., Thelwall, M., Gray, S., Hudson-Smith, A., & Gibson, R., (2011). Reading the Riots on Twitter: Final Report (prepared for The Guardian newspaper).

Vis, F., and Manyukhina, Y., (2011). The English Allotment Lottery. Guardian Data Blog (10/11/2011), available on http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/nov/10/allotments-rents-waiting-list

Conference presentations

Manyukhina, Y. (2014) Ethical Consumption as a Reflexive Project: Negotiation of Consumer Identities through Ethical Labelling, STS Conference, Graz, 5-6 May 2014.

Manyukhina, Y. (2014) Ethical Consumption as a Reflexive Project: Negotiation of Consumer Identities through Ethical Labelling, ESSL Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, 4 April 2014.

Ochu, E., Vis, F., Jackson, P., Miles, A., Humphrey, I. and Manyukhina, Y. (2014). ‘Everyday Growing Futures’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, 8-10 January 2014.

Procter, R., Vis, F., Voss, A., Cantijoch, M. and Manyukhina, Y. (2012). #riotcleanup – Reading the Riots on Twitter. Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges? Oxford, September 2012.

Vis, F. and Manyukhina, Y.,  (2012), ‘Allotment (publics): an open data and data driven journalism perspective’, USING OPEN DATA, policy modeling, citizen empowerment, data journalism, The European Commissioner’s Albert Borscheet Conference Centre, Brussels, 19-20 June 2012.

Procter, R., Vis, F., Voss, A (2011) ‘Reading the Riots on Twitter’, Reading the Riots Guardian/LSE conference, LSE, London, 14 December 2011.

Vis, F., Manyukhina, Y. (2011), ‘Allotments in the UK: growing back to the future? Open data stories and interventions’, Open Government Data Camp, Warsaw, Poland, 20-21 October 2011

Vis, F., Manyukhina, Y. (2011), ‘The Future of Allotments in the UK. Growing Manchester: an open data story’, Manchester City Camp, Manchester, 14-15 October 2011.



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