Nicki Lisa Cole is a social science researcher, writer and editor who holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her professional career includes university teaching, funded research and freelance journalism and editorial services. Currently, Nicki works as a researcher at the University of York, in York, England. She is on maternity leave through March 2019.
Nicki’s research and writing are focused on issues of inequality and environmental sustainability as they intersect consumer culture and global supply chains. Her writing on these topics has been published in a variety of digital and print venues, including The Conversation, Truthout, CounterPunch, Contexts and Sociological Images. Nicki’s writing also appears in the edited volumes Assigned: Life with Gender, Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times, Media Education for a Digital Generation, and Consumer Culture, Modernity, and Identity.
Nicki joined the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York as a researcher in April 2017. There, she researches and writes about issues related to corporate welfare in the UK for a project led by Dr Kevin Farnsworth. From August 2017 through May 2018 she also worked as a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute – York on funded projects focused on the social and environmental risks and impacts associated with sugarcane production and gold mining.
With expertise in consumer culture, global supply chains, and the consumer electronics and coffee industries, Nicki has been quoted by Andi Zeisler in her book We Were Feminists Once, and in The Nation magazine, among other news outlets. She has appeared as an on-air guest on the Race Haven Podcast, on The Morning Mix with Project Censored on Berkeley’s KPFA radio station, and on LoraxLive.
From 2014‒16 Nicki was a funded Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria. Prior to that, Nicki taught sociology at Pomona College in Claremont, California from 2012‒14.
She lives in Leeds, England with her husband and cat.
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