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
NameKey expertise and research areas
Bott, Esther Tourism in the Global South, niche tourism markets such as orphanage tourism, 'tribal' tourism and adventure tourism in remote regions; tourist interactions, impacts and negotiations of important new tourism markets and employment relations.
Bradford-Clarke, Lauren Victims of crime, victimology, policing, and criminal justice processes.
Carr, Nicola Punishment and penality; Youth Justice; Community Sanctions and Measures; Children and young people in the youth justice system; criminalisation of children and young people; Sociology of punishment; Representations of punishment; Courts and Sentencing; Criminal Justice Policy and Practice; Alternatives to custody: Probation and Community Sanctions and Measures.
Clamp, Kerry Any area of restorative justice/practice; justice in post-conflict settings/transitional justice; community-based justice initiatives. Victimology, victims of crime, policing, criminal justice processes and criminal justice reform.
Clawson, Rachael Children and families work and child protection - specifically protection of disabled children both in terms of practice and policy; safeguarding vulnerable adults and the processes followed when something goes wrong; Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities.
Chau, CM Ruby Comparative welfare study, East Asian welfare systems, women in labour market and family, health and social care for older migrants and global responses to ageing.
D'Angelo Alessio Inequalities, migration, access to public services and education; data visualisation and Social Network Analysis (SNA).
Dauncey, Sarah Sociology of disability, gender, identity, citizenship, para-citizenship and personal life in China and other global South contexts; as well as welfare and policy-making (including education and family planning), language, culture, life writing and memory.
Dixon, Bill Policing and the police; southern criminology; criminology, crime and crime control in South Africa.
Fyson, Rachel Adult social care and social work; adult safeguarding; all aspects of policy and practice in relation to people with learning disabilities; policy implementation and evaluation.
Gardner, Alison Local governance and community co-production, particularly in relation to addressing modern slavery and human trafficking. Alison’s research focusses on identifying determinants for slavery-free communities.
Genova, Elena Intra-EU mobility, highly skilled migration, identities, belonging, policies and provision in relation to asylum seekers and refugees, EU citizenship, theories on late/liquid/post modernity and digital sociology.
Grundmann, Reiner The relation between knowledge and decision making; the public discourse on climate change; Reiner also researches the social, political, and cultural dimensions of climate change. This includes the ethics of climate research (as exemplified in 'climategate'), the dilemmas of scientists between advocacy and honest brokering, the role of Sociology in the climate change debate, and the relevance of STS for all of this.
Henley, Andrew Punishment and penal theory; the impact of criminal records and their ‘collateral consequences’ for people with convictions; political discourse surrounding criminal justice issues.
Hobson-West, Pru Animals and society, veterinary ethics, science and technology studies, medical sociology, vaccination.
Jas, Pauline Patterns of hunger and satiety, the development of taste preferences in teenagers, motivations and patterns of charitable giving behaviour, and the effects of introducing the national minimum wage on voluntary sector organisations: improvement of performance in public sector organisations that have gone through a period of poor performance.
Jordan, Melanie Theoretical Criminology; Deviance Theory; Prisons; Victimology; Sex Crime; Offenders and Health.
Kramer, Anne-Marie Broadly located in the sociology of personal life and the family, gender, identity and memory.
Laird, Siobhan Children’s welfare and protection, conflict in professional practice, international social work, cross-cultural communication and work with families from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Madziva, Roda

Migration, race and inequalities, with a focus on (highly-skilled) migrants, refugees/asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and victims of human trafficking.

Morley, Kirsten Values-based practice in social work and social approaches to mental distress. Tensions between human rights, self-advocacy and the use of compulsion under the Mental Health Act 1983 are also areas of research interest as is the relationship between the state, social work and social justice.
Murphy, Andrew Adult mental health, the application of the Mental Capacity Act and on personal resilience and mental wellbeing for social workers.
Pacey, Scott Cults and New Religious Movements;Global Sociology;Chinese Religion and Society;Religion in Taiwan;Buddhism in the modern world;Religious innovation; Religion and modernity.
Papadopoulos, Dimitris Science and technology studies; chemical studies; social justice and social transformation.
Paterson, William Most recent research drew on Bourdieu’s field theory to explore class, whiteness, rural/urban belonging and boundaries in northern England.
Pilnick, Alison Sociology of health and illness, especially interaction between health/socialcare professionals and their clients. Qualitative methods, particularly conversation analysis of audio or video data. Advice and information giving by health professionals. Communication and collaborative work in all areas of healthcare, including veterinary practice Examining how policies of informed choice, shared decision making and patient centred care are enacted in healthcare. Developing interventions for communication skills training in healthcare.
Purser, Aimie Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity: Embodiment: Relationships between Theory, Art, Practice and Method: Continental Philosophy/Theory, including Existentialist Phenomenology, Post-Structuralism and Psychoanalysis: Love and the Erotic: Environmentalism: (Mental) Illness: Contemporary Dance and Performance Art.
Roberts, Simon UK, EU and International social security; EU free movement, social security and cross-border healthcare law and policy; UK and international disability policies; research and evaluation methodologies.
Schneider, Justine Many aspects of applied health and social care research, including: dementia, carers, psychosocial interventions, implementation, costs of care, and direct-care workforce development. I have a particular interest in the arts as a medium of knowledge exchange.
Shaw, Ian Key research and consultancy interests lie in health, health policy and services (particularly primary care), medical sociology, mental health, inter-agency collaboration and evaluation.
Steel, Libby  
Stevenson, Nick Critical social theory, intellectual history, cultural studies and cultural sociology. Especially interested in questions related to citizenship, ecology, human rights and social movements.
Tomczak, Philippa Sociology of punishment, penal voluntary sector, prison suicide, deaths in state custody, prison regulation.
Treacher Kabesh, Amal Identity, women and independence, inter-relationship between Eqypt and UK.
Warwick, Lisa Child and family social work (children in care, entering care and leaving care), children and childhood, motherhood and professional relationships.
Wikoff, Nora Labour markets, crime, financial wellbeing, and inclusive asset-building policy, with a shared focus on how interventions can improve individuals' financial wellbeing and promote beneficial outcomes.
Williams, Cath Impact of migration on family relationships: separation and reunification of Caribbean families, migration and mothering. Social work, community social work, community development and community education.
Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck Young people; sexuality; religion/spirituality; identity; intimate relationships.
Zontini, Elisabetta Transcultural and transnational perspective on families: with a multiplicity of cultural family constructions/relations and migrant groups (Filipinos, Italians, and Moroccans); documenting different forms of domestic relations which cut across the nuclear family, class.


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