Department of Sociology

Our academic staff

Academic members of staff

James Allen-Robertson
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Algorithmic Power; Web Scraping; Text Mining; Digital Cultures; Software Studies; Hacker Subcultures; The Dark Web; Science and Technology Studies; Digital Piracy;
Nick Allum
Professor, Department of Sociology
Michael Bailey
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Critical theory; Historical sociology; Working-class heritage; Sociology of the media and modern culture; Intellectual history of ethical socialism and cultural criticism; Governmentality studies; Sociology of religion; Cultural policy studies;
Shaul Bar Haim
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: History of psychoanalysis; Twentieth-century 'psy' disciplines; Cultural history of the British welfare state; History and theory of childhood; Trauma studies; Feminism and psychoanalysis;
Robin Blackburn
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Race and Slavery; Development of Capitalism; Historical Sociology; Globalisation; Political Economy of pension funds;
Joan Busfield
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Mental Disorder; Psychiatry, Gender and Mental Disorder; History of Psychiatry; Medicines and the Pharmaceutical Industry;
Andrew Canessa
Head of Department - Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Indigenous studies; Latin America, especially the Andes; Gender and sexualities; Ethnic and racial identities;
Eamonn Carrabine
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Crime and the Media; Cultural and Social Geography; Popular Music and Sociological Thinking; Punishment and Human Rights; Sociology of Imprisonment; Visual Sociology; Youth Culture;
Alexandra Cox
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Youth justice; Racism, crime and punishment; Penal ethics; Mercy and equitable discretion; Arts and imprisonment; 'Street level' bureaucrats and the criminal justice system;
Pamela Cox
SeNSS Director and Professor (R), Department of Sociology
Research interests: modern social and cultural history; social policy, social justice and criminal justice; gender relations; youth justice, child rights, family law;
Isabel Crowhurst
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Maitrayee Deka
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Economic sociology; Pirate economy; Peer-to-peer networks; Sharing economy; Gender and sexuality; Consumer culture;
Neli Demireva
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: social cohesion; multiculturalism and civic integration; crime and neighbourhood effects; job search and labour market inclusion;
Anna Di Ronco
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Regulation and social control of uncivil behaviour; Street sex work; Urban policing; Media representations; Crime prevention and security measures; Economic organised crime, Corruption;
Peter Fussey
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Surveillance and society; Digital Sociology; Security and the city; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Urban sociology; Resilience and climate change; Informal and criminal economies; Human trafficking;
Carlos Gigoux Gramegna
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Human Rights; Indigenous Peoples; Sustainable Development; Social Movements; Refugees;
Ayse Guveli
Reader, Department of Sociology
Research interests: International migration; Turks in Europe; New migrants; Religion with a special interest in Islam and Muslims; Life course; Stratification; Intra- and intergenerational social mobility; Social class with a special interest in new social classes; Voting behaviour with a special interest in far-right and far-left voting behaviour; Lifestyles and quantitative research methods;
Michael Halewood
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: the work of AN Whitehead and the interrelation of philosophy and social theory, including questions surrounding subjectivity, materiality, the body, abstraction, and capitalism;
Laurie Hawkins
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Social Psychology; Medical Sociology; Reproductive Health; Women's Health; Marriage and Family; Social Norms; Men and Masculinity; Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods;
Sandya Hewamanne
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Gender and Sexuality; Economic and Feminist Anthropology (and Sociology); Development; Human Rights; Medical Anthropology; South Asia;
Renee Luthra
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Linsey McGoey
Reader, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Social theories of knowledge and ignorance; Economic sociology; Global health governance; Human rights-based approaches to health and development;
Ewa Morawska
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: (Im)Migration/Ethnicity (Policies, Settlement, Adaptation) in the Context of Globalization and in a Historical-Comparative Perspective (Europe and North America, 19th-21st C) Ground-level Multiculturalism Across Time and Space East European Societies in Transition; Comparative-Historical Sociology Classical and Contemporary Social Theory Qualitative Research Methods;
Lydia Morris
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Sociology of Rights; Cosmopolitanism; Citizenship; Human Rights; Trans-national migration; Asylum; Welfare;
Sean Nixon
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Consumption and Commercial Cultures; Advertising and Market Devices; Masculinity, sexuality and Cultural Change; Cultural Studies; Television and the Natural World; Cultures of nature and human-avian relations;
John Preston
Deputy Dean (Research) (Social Sciences) and Professor (R), Department of Sociology
Johanna Romer
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Michael Roper
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Subjectivity; Psychonalysis; Twentieth century history of war; Family relationships; Transmission of trauma across generations; The history of psychoanalysis in Britain; History of subjectivity;
Roisin Ryan-Flood
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Gender, sexuality and citizenship, with particular reference to kinship, assisted reproduction and migration; feminist epistemology; research methodology;
Colin Samson
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Indigenous Peoples; Human Rights; Ethnic Studies; Colonialism; American Studies; Environmental Issues; Arts and Literature;
Anna Sergi
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Nigel South
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: environmental crime; green criminology and human rights; illegal and legal drug use and markets; crime, inequalities and citizenship; theoretical and comparative criminology; public health and community services;
Yasemin Soysal
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Citizenship and Nation-state * National and Transnational * Transnationalization of Higher Education * International Migrations * Human Rights * Regional Integration (Europe and East Asia);
Darren Thiel
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Social class and stratification; economic sociology; migration, globalisation and governance; globalisation and policing; policing terrorism; the criminal justice system; social policy;
Jackie Turton
Deputy Dean (Education) (Social Sciences) and Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Child Protection; Childrens Rights; Children and Young People as Victims and Offenders; Professional Responses to Crime; Women as Offenders/Victims;
Katy Wheeler
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Sociology of consumption and consumer culture; Consumption Work; Ethical consumption and Fairtrade; Recycling and waste management; Moral economy and political economy; Food provisioning; Sustainability and climate change; Theories of practice; Qualitative interviewing and analysis;

Emeritus Professors

Ted Benton
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Philosophy of the social sciences; Modern social theories, especially marxian and neo-marxian; Environmental sociology; Rural/urban divide; Some aspects of the history of the life-sciences (especially Darwin and Wallace).;
Diane Elson
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Miriam Glucksmann
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Transformations of work and employment; Global changes in the division of labour; The gendering of work and women's work and employment; Shifting boundaries between the work of production, distribution and consumption; The work of consumption; Food preparation work; Remotely located work;
Mark Harvey
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: aim to develop the ‘new economic sociology’ using a neo-Polanyian framework of ‘instituted economic processes’ (IEP). An historical and comparative research agenda has been key here to an understanding of ‘varieties of capitalism’; the emergent bio-economy; food provisioning, supermarkets, and the sociology of food consumption; biotechnology and genomics; economics of knowledge; 'rights over resources' within 'welfare states';
Richard Hobbs
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: urban ethnography; the sociology of London; organised and professional crime; the night-time economy; violence; drug markets; research methodology;
Kenneth Plummer
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Humanism; Intimacies and sexualities; The sociologies of 'suffering' and 'well being'; Medicine, narratives and transplants; Sociology;
Paul Thompson
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology