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
Professor, 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;
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; Corruption; Economic organised crime;
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
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;
Sasha Roseneil
Executive Dean (Social Sciences) - Professor (R), Department of Sociology
Research interests: In my work as a sociologist I am interested in how gender, sexuality, subjectivity and intimate life are changing, and in the role that social movements and collective action play in bringing about social, cultural and political change. I am also concerned with the question of how and why gender, sexuality, subjectivity and intimate life dont change with individual and collective resistance to change, and how we so often unconsciously resist change and sabotage what might be good and fruitful in our lives.; My early research was about the womens and anti-nuclear movements of the 1980s, with a particular focus on the Greenham Common Womens Peace Camp. In recent years I have undertaken a number of projects that have explored the politics and practices of intimacy and personal life in the UK and across Europe (Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal). I have paid particular attention to the experiences of those living outside conventional couples and families single people, people in living-apart-together relationships, lesbians and gay men, and those living in shared housing and I have been interested in the role of friendship and lateral networks of care and support in their lives. Running through this research has also been a concern with the experiences of members of marginalized and racialized groups, first and second generation migrants and diasporic communities.; Through this work I have contributed to debates about care, citizenship and the changing meanings of family, and to understandings of the difference that social movements make in the world. Engaging with sociological theories of individualisation, with feminism, queer theory and psychoanalysis, I have been developing a psychosocioanalytic approach to the complex relational dynamics and psychic and intersubjective experience of contemporary intimate life. I am particularly interested in the role that law, policy and culture play in the normative construction of personal life, in producing intimate citizenship, and in the challenges that social movements and everyday practices of living, loving and desire pose to normative forms of intimacy and sexuality. I have been employing intensive biographical narrative and psychoanalytically informed methods, as well as carrying out large scale survey research, and comparative and cross-national studies that address issues of societal change. Hence my work ranges from microscopic single-person case studies to macro-level analyses of intimate citizenship regimes and their transformation over time.;
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;
Robin West
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Social Theory; Criminological Theory; Ethnography and Qualitative Methodologies; Environmental Sociology;
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