School of Social and Political Sciences Staff

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Name Position Email Last Name First Name Weighting Title
Prof Abigail Powell Acting Head of School
Gender, equity, young people, Sociology of work, financial wellbeing and inclusion, evaluation, research methods
Mr Abraham Jatto Associate Lecturer
Dr Adam Formby Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Young people, social policy, sociology of work, evaluation, research methods
Dr Adele Langlois Associate Professor
International Relations (global health ethics)
Dr Alexander Oaten Post Doctoral Research Associate
Discourse analysis, critical suicide studies, British politics, political extremism, qualitative research,
Dr Ana Jordan Associate Professor / Programme Leader
Gender and Politics, Political Sociology, Masculinities, Men's Movements, Fathers' Rights Groups, Gender-based Violence on Campus
Dr Andrew Defty Associate Professor/Programme Leader
Mrs Anna Jackson Administrator
Dr Anna Tarrant Associate Professor in Sociology / Programme Leader
Cocreation and Coproduction; Fatherhood; Young Parenthood; Kinship Care; Lifecourse; Gender equality; Poverty; Qualitative longitudinal methodology; Qualitative Secondary Analysis
Dr Anthony Ellis Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Violence and Violent Crime; Weapon-enabled crime; Homicide; Criminological Theory, particularly Social Harm, Ultra-Realist, Bio and Psycho Social theories of crime.
Dr Aris Trantidis Lecturer in International Relations and Politics
Aris Trantidis currently studies climate politics and institutions. Central to his research is the question of democratic reform at the age of climate crisis, shifting the focus from climate policy to climate institutions and also prompting a broader rethinking of democratic institutions at an age of recurrent crises. Dr Trantidis is also finishing a project on democratic resilience under the stresses of populism and authoritarianism. His research also focuses on three thematic areas: a) the interplay between politics and economic policy, b) political institutions, democratic representation and the pathologies of the political process, with emphasis on issues of gender and minority representation and voice, and c) the feedback between economics as a discipline and economic policy as practice. He has a methodologically diverse research agenda, with conceptual and empirically grounded contributions to theory.
Mr Ben Handysides Research Administrator
Dr Ben Kisby Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader
British politics, public policy, citizenship education
Dr Carina O'Reilly Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Carina is a specialist in neighbourhood policing and community engagement.
Prof Christian Karner Professor of Sociology / Programme Leader
Political sociology, especially within the areas of nationalism- and ethnicity studies; urban pluralism; memory studies; Central European studies (with particular reference to Austria); the sociology of globalization.
Ms Claire Randerson Interim Deputy Head of School
International Relations, EU enlargement, war crimes and genocide.
Dr Danilo Freire Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Public services provision, accountability, state violence, private governance, organised crime, and quantitative methods.
Dr David Hughes Senior Lecturer in International Relations/ MA Programme Leader
Covid-19; propaganda; US imperialism; 9/11; Marxism
Dr Edwin Bacon Associate Professor
Comparative politics, particularly Russian politics. Applied politics.
Mrs Elena Gaschino Associate Lecturer
Ms Fiona Duerden Associate Lecturer
Dr Gary Saunders Senior Lecturer/ Programme Leader
Criminological Theory, Marxist Social Theory, Law, Sociology, Research Methods, Higher Education, Education
Miss Georgie Horner Lecturer in Criminology
Prof Hugh Bochel Professor of Public Policy
Mrs Jade Perrett Administrator
Dr James Pattison Lecturer in Sociology
Urban sociology; territorial stigma; deindustrialisation; precarious employment; migration; race/class identities and political subjectivities
Dr Jasper Miles Associate Lecturer
Dr Joshua Skoczylis Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Counter-Terrorism Studies
Counter-Terrorism Policy, Policing, Countering Violence Extremism, Public Policy and Magistrates' Court
Miss Katy Brookfield Associate Lecturer
Dr Laura Way Research Fellow in Family Research
Ageing and gender; qualitative methods; subcultures; punk; creative methods; participatory methods; punk pedagogies.
Dr Lauren Hall Lecturer in Criminology
Desistance; Communities; Recovery from addiction; Strengths-based approaches
Dr Linzi Ladlow Research Fellow in Family Research
Young parenthood, youth transitions, housing, disadvantage, qualitative longitudinal research methods.
Miss Lizzie Dobson Senior Administrator / PA
Dr Luke Turnock Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Drugs; Steroids and IPEDs; youth subcultures; masculinities; gender and fitness training; policy
Dr Lyndsey Harris College Director of Academic Quality and Standards
Domestic Abuse: including multi-agency partnership working; improving services for survivors experiencing multiple disadvantage; criminal justice responses and integrated offender management. Terrorism and Political Violence: Loyalist Paramilitarism; Misogynistic terrorism, Right wing extremism. Creative qualitative research methodologies: Feminist informed research methods.
Dr Marianna Charountaki Senior Lecturer in International Politics
International Relations, Non-State Actors, Foreign Policy Analysis, international relations of the Middle East, Iraqi politics, EU- Kurdish relations, US foreign policy, Kurdish politics, Turkish-Iranian foreign policies, GCC- Kurdish relations.
Dr Mark Bennister Associate Professor in Politics/Programme Leader
Political leadership, Parliament; British Politics, Comparative Politics
Mrs Mary Brown Associate Lecturer
Mr Matthew Leavesley Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
Prof Mike Neary Emeritus Professor
Political Sociology, Marxist Social Theory
Dr Mike Slaven Senior Lecturer in International Politics
security politics, immigration, securitization, UK politics, US politics, qualitative methods, irregular migration
Dr Nick Cowen Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Criminal justice and political economy
Dr Rachela Colosi Senior Lecturer
Ethnography; Sociology; Crime and Deviance
Mr Ric Metcalfe Associate Lecturer
Dr Rico Isaacs Associate Professor in Politics
Authoritarianism, Nationalism Studies, post-Soviet politics, Central Asia and Political Theory
Mr Sam Andrews Lecturer in Criminology
Gender and political violence
Prof Sam Hillyard Professor of Sociology
Rural sociology
Dr Samantha Shave Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Social policies; Social policy concepts and ideas; Policy making and breaking; Poor Laws; Workhouses; Poverty; Scandal
Mr Sheridan Minshull Associate Lecturer
Dr Simon Obendorf Senior Lecturer
Gender & Sexuality, LGBTQ+ Studies, Decolonialism/Postcolonialism, Critical International Relations Theory, East & SE Asian Studies.
Dr Simone Varriale Lecturer in Sociology/Social Policy
Class, inequalities, migration, popular music, media, cultural globalization, 20th and 21st century Italy, qualitative methods
Prof Steve McKay Distinguished Professor in Social Research
Social research; inequality; family policy; quantitative methods; social security and pensions.
Dr Sue Bond-Taylor Senior Lecturer/ Programme Leader
Youth crime prevention, youth justice, anti-social behaviour, family interventions and troubled families.
Prof Sundari Anitha Professor of Gender, Violence and Work
violence against women and girls; gender and work; gender and migration; life history methods
Dr Sureyya Sonmez Efe Post Doctorate Research Associate
Human Rights; Ethics of migration; Cosmopolitan ethics; International Migration; Global Justice; Forced Migration; Migrants Rights; Community Cohesion; Integration Policies.
Miss Vicky Naylor Administrator
Dr Wesley Key Senior Lecturer
Social Policy, Social Gerontology
Dr Wesley Tourangeau Lecturer in Criminology
green criminology; animal/environmental harms; critical criminology; agricultural law and regulation; socio-ecological sustainability; systems thinking; theories of power and influence; qualitative research methods
Mr Yuchen Liang MpHil/PhD student