Department of Sociology

Our academic staff

Academic members of staff

James Allen-Robertson
Senior 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; Computational Social Science
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
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; Bolivia, especially indigenous peoples; Gibraltar
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
Senior 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
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Gender and sexuality; Sex work and sex industry studies; The intersection of sexual and economic citizenship; Fiscal sociology and critical taxation studies; Comparative methods and psycho-social methodologies
Maitrayee Deka
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Economic sociology; Pirate economy; Peer-to-peer networks; Sharing economy; Gender and sexuality; Consumer culture; New Media; Social theory
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
Senior 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; 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; Social science research methods
Katerina Hadjimatheou
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
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
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
Laurie James-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
Renee Luthra
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: International Migration; Social Stratification; Higher Education; Parenting
Linsey McGoey
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Social theories of knowledge and ignorance; Economic sociology; Global health governance; Human rights-based approaches to health and development
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; Cultural Studies; Television and the Natural World; Cultures of nature and human-animal relations
David Pevalin
Honorary Professor, Department of Sociology
Professor, Department of Sociology
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, testimony and memory; History of psychonalysis in Britain; Trauma and inter-generational transmission; Families and inter-generational relationships; Interviews, personal sources and research methods; War, memory and commemoration
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
Senior 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)
Jason Sumich
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
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
Katy Wheeler
Senior 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).
Robin Blackburn
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Race and Slavery; Development of Capitalism; Historical Sociology; Globalisation; Political Economy of pension funds
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
Ewa Morawska
Emeritus 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
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
Jackie Turton
Emeritus 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