School of Sociology and Social Policy

Staff Supervision Areas

Below are some of the areas of research in which our staff currently specialise and areas where they can offer expert supervision.

Staff supervision areas
Staff memberSupervision areas of expertise - TeachingSupervision areas of expertise - Research
Bruce Stafford
  • Economics and policy analysis
  • Social security, welfare to work
  • Evaluation
  • Research methods
Social security and labour markets, especially on the delivery of services, welfare to work policies and policies targeted at vulnerable people; welfare reform and equality impacts; disability discrimination; and studies drawing upon policy making theories and concepts (for example, policy networks, evaluation studies, etc).
Esther Bott
  • Class, gender and 'race'
  • The body
  • Migration
Tourism primarily, but also risk, gender and the body.
Stephen Cope
  • Public policy
  • British politics
  • European Union
  • Globalisation
  • Governance
Policy analysis; regulation of public services; local governance; police governance; cutback management in government.
Sarah Dauncey
  • Chinese society and culture
  • Disability, gender and identity
  • Research methods in Chinese Studies
Disability and gender; identity construction (particularly marginalised groups); welfare and discrimination; the cultural, political and social history of mainland China; literature, film and life writing in modern and pre-modern China; fashion and consumption in mainland China.
Bill Dixon
  • Introductory criminology
  • Policing and the police
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Crime, crime control and criminology in South Africa
Crime, crime prevention, policing and the development of criminology in post-apartheid South Africa; the comparative study of 'hate crime', racially motivated offending and offenders; police governance and community and problem-oriented styles of policing.
Tony Fitzpatrick
  • Theories of welfare
  • Poverty
  • Climate change
Social and policy implications of climate change and global warming; New Labour and recent developments in British politics; Poverty, social exclusion, wellbeing and social justice; Theories and concepts underpinning state welfare and social policy reforms.
Rachel Fyson
  • Law for social work
  • Adult social care policy and practice
  • Dissertation module
Disability policy and practice, particularly learning disability; adult social care/community care; adult safeguarding; theories of policy implementation; service user involvement/emancipatory research.
Reiner Grundmann
  • Science, knowledge and society
  • Language, culture and society
  • Qualitative research methods (discourse and metaphor analysis)
  • History and philosophy of science
Knowledge and public policy; media analysis of climate change and energy security; science policy; science communication; social and political theory.
Lyndsey Harris
  • Criminal justice system: function, processes and policy
  • Qualitative research design and practice
  • Criminology theories and concepts
  • Criminology in practice
  • Terrorism and extremism in the United Kingdom
Terrorism, extremism and political violence; strategic theory; northern Irish politics and society (post-conflict transformation); Ulster loyalist paramilitarism; impact of terrorism legislation on society and criminal justice system.
John Holmwood
  • Introductory sociology
  • Classical and contemporary sociological theory
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Inequality
The relation between sociological theory and explanation, in particular, the challenge of global social inquiry and the role of pragmatism in the construction of public sociology; and social stratification and inequality, in particular on problems of class analysis and the moral economy of inequality, including the role of higher education.
Pauline Jas
  • Social survey design and analysis
Organisational practices; individual agency within institutions; strategic management and leadership; voluntary sector organisations and democratic governance.
Melanie Jordan
  • Criminology (theory; practice; victimology; penology; occupations and social actors in the criminal justice system; radical; feminist; etc)
  • Sociology of prisons and incarceration
  • Philosophy of social science research
  • Methodology and method
  • Qualitative heath research
Criminology (all fields); prison ethnography; institutionalisation; social and structural environments; methodological undertakings; epistemology and social science; social exclusion; social capital; social theory; primary socialisation; healthcare contexts; mental illness; mental health and well-being; medical sociology; organisational sociology; change and innovation in organisations.
Christian Karner
  • Social theory
  • Nationalism, ethnicity and 'race'
  • Ethnicity and everyday life
Ethnicity; nationalism; national identities; religion; urban sociology; cultural representations.
Anne-Marie Kramer
  • Gender and media
  • Women and social policy/family policy
  • Research methods, including media methods and archive methods
The family/personal life; gender; reproductive politics; identity; memory studies; media.
Siobhan Laird
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • International social work
  • Working with conflict
  • Social care in developing cuontries
Cross cultural and cross national issues in social care; cultural competence in social work practice; research on social development in sub-Saharan Africa; social work in relation to the law in the UK or Africa; conflict in child protection work.
Alison Mohr
  • Governance of emerging science and technology
Broadly science and technology policy including critical perspectives of public engagement; science-public policy relations; social and political dimensions of emerging technologies; knowledge and value mediation in policy discourse; understanding and communication uncertainty in technology and impact assessments.
Sam Okyere
  • Investigating Social Worlds - Social research philosophy and methods
  • Research ethics
  • Sociology of childhood
  • Sociology of Human Rights
  • Modern slavery trafficking, child rights; child labour
Modern slavery; migration/mobility; human trafficking; childhood studies; child labour, child sexual exploitation Africa focussed epistemology, culture and research generally; land use and dispossession in indigenous communities; artisanal gold mining; feminist, post-colonial and Marxist studies of rights and social justice.
Alison Pilnick
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Studying verbal and visual interaction (particularly conversation analysis)
Advice and information giving by health professionals; communication and collaborative work in all areas of healthcare, including veterinary practice; informed choice in antenatal and genetic screening and testing; the impact of interactional practices on policy implementation in intellectual disability.
Simon Roberts
  • International social policy
  • Welfare policy
  • Comparative welfare policy
  • European welfare states
  • Migration and welfare
  • International social rights
  • Research methods
UK, European and international social security; discrimination and social protection in Europe; discrimination and welfare reform; disability and discrimination; migration and social rights.
Justine Schneider
  • Dementia care research, policy and practice
Applied health and social care research; domiciliary care; non-pharmacological interventions in dementia care, especially the arts; 'informal' carers; services for older people with dementia; knowledge exchange and evidence implementation in health and social care.
Ian Shaw
  • Research methods
  • Evaluation research
  • Welfare finance
  • Health policy
  • Mental health
Evaluation; inter-professional/agency working; health; mental health; policy analysis.
Nick Stevenson
  • Sociology of media and popular culture,
  • Citizenship, identity and globalisation
  • Social, cultural and political theory
Social, political and cultural theory, media of mass communication, citizenship; consumer and popular cultures; education, popular culture and citizenship.
Amal Treacher Kabesh
  • Diversity
  • Middle East
  • Cultural theory
  • Identity
Ethnicity (especially mixed-race) postcolonial theory, Middle East, children aged 7-11.
Tracey Warren
  • Sociology of work
  • Contemporary debates in sociology
Work, employment and economic life; social divisions: class, gender and ethnicity; work-life balance; work and time; income, debt, economic wellbeing, financial insecurity; cross-national European comparisons; the economic crisis.
Andrew Yip
  • Religion/spirituality
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Citizenship and human rights
  • Identity
  • Intimacy and relationships
Contemporary religious/spiritual identities; contemporary sexual identities; politics of sexuality, gender, and religion/spirituality; Islam and Muslim communities in the West; human rights and citizenship; youth culture and identity; intimate relationships; ageing within national and transnational contexts.
Elisabetta Zontini
  • Families and social divisions
  • Transnationalism and migration
  • Qualitative research methods

Migration studies: transnational families; ethnic minority families; gender and generation (youth, old age); Identity and belonging; social capital; multiculturalism; global care chains; new forms of mobility; especially in southern Europe and the UK. Sociology of the family: especially in relation to care, intergenerational relations, race and ethnicity.

Methods: ethnographic and participatory methods feminist theory and methodology.


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