Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Research Students

Dr Rosemary Lucy Hill

Lecturer in Sociology

I research gender, big data and popular music. My PhD (Centre for Women’s Studies, York) looked at representations and experiences of women hard rock and metal music fans. My postdoc (Seeing Data: are good big data visualisations possible?, Leeds) explored how people engage with data visualisations. I am currently examining the use of data visualisations in abortion campaigning, and also the 1980s moral panic around heavy metal.

Research Interests

My research interests include the following.

  • Gender and sexism
  • Feminist methodologies
  • Big data visualisations
  • Popular music fandom
  • Rock and metal
  • 20th century and contemporary literature
  • Culture and the media
  • Semiotics
  • Reader and audience response


Identities, Inequalities and Social Policy in Contemporary Society (level 1)

The Sociology of Gender (level 2)

Data and Society (level 3)

Researching Gender (MA)

Researching Inequality in the Media (MA)

Gender, music and critical data studies dissertations

PhD Supervision

Qiqi Huang: the emergence and influences of women’s rights issues in contemporary China’s new media

Jill Simpson (York): engaging diverse users in visualisation production and evaluation

Key Publications


  • Hill RL, Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music, Pop Music, Culture and Identity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Journal articles

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