Academic staff

Head of the Department

Dr Mark Monaghan

Dr Mark Monaghan

Reader in Criminology and Social Policy
Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Mark Monaghan joined the Department in October 2018. He has previously worked at Loughborough University and the University of Leeds. His research is mainly in the area of drugs policy and he is primarily interested in the way research and evidence are used and misused in the policy process. He is Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology.

Email
m.monaghan@bham.ac.uk

Academic Staff

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

His work lies on the intersection of three intellectual traditions: recent continental philosophy (particularly Levinas, Derrida, Baudrillard and Stiegler), German Idealism (especially Kant and Hegel), and the Frankfurt School critique of culture, technology and capitalization.

His work is located in the critical tradition of social theory that began with the Frankfurt School. This tradition is ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7707
Email
r.abbinnett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gëzim Alpion

Dr Gëzim Alpion

Lecturer in Sociology
Departmental Director of International Mobility Programmes

Educated at Cairo University and Durham University, Gëzim Alpion lectured at the Universities of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam, and Newman prior to his appointment in 2002 in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham. He joined the Department of Political Science and International Studies in 2010 and the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology in 2016.

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Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3241
Email
g.i.alpion@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lorenza Antonucci

Dr Lorenza Antonucci

Birmingham Fellow
School Impact REF Lead

Lorenza Antonucci is currently a Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology.

Lorenza is a social policy scholar researching and writing on inequality, comparative social policy in Europe, young adults, higher education and welfare state changes. Lorenza’s research is both theoretical informed (through welfare theory) and applied in nature (through ...

Email
l.antonucci@bham.ac.uk

Dr Susie Balderston

Dr Susie Balderston

Research Fellow

Susie is a Research Fellow in criminology and social policy, exploring the inequalities and outcomes of women receiving different criminal justice system interventions, in the voluntary sector. 

She works with criminal justice involved women, sex working women and victim-survivors of violence against women, disablist hate crime and institutional violence. 

Disciplines: Criminology ...

Email
s.balderston@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emily Ball

Dr Emily Ball

Teaching Associate in Social Policy

Dr Emily Ball joined the University of Birmingham in 2017. She is a Teaching Associate in social policy who specialises in family policy and welfare conditionality.

Email
e.ball@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nathaniel Barron

Dr Nathaniel Barron

Teaching Associate in Sociology

Nathaniel Barron joined the Department in August 2019. He previously worked at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, teaching in various areas of Philosophy, including Ancient Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Religion. His research is primarily focused on German Social Thought and Continental Philosophy.

Email
n.j.p.barron@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laura Bentley

Dr Laura Bentley

Research Fellow in Social Policy

Laura Bentley is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She joined the department in 2019 after submitting her PhD thesis which examined the transitions of working-class women out of higher education. Laura currently works on a research project which seeks to understand the levels of social need in Sutton Coldfield and identify how provision and ...

Email
l.j.bentley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson

Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson

Lecturer in Criminology
Dissertation Convenor

Sarah's academic research is concerned with children and young people’s varied journey impediments and their consequences.

Ideas are drawn from the new mobilities paradigm in order to problematise underexplored areas of children and young people’s lives.In particular, the rejection of static-place based societal understandings, allows movement inequalities to instead be foregrounded. ...

Telephone
0121 414 5717
Email
s.brooks-wilson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research analyses the impact of various forces of social change on the constitution of gender relations and the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; feminist politics; gender, postfeminism and neoliberalism; sexuality and personal ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8621
Email
s.budgeon@bham.ac.uk

Dr Harriet Clarke

Dr Harriet Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Research
Head of Education for the School of Social Policy

Harriet Clarke has teaching and research commitments to disability and social policy, and supervises doctoral research within the department. Harriet is also Head of Education for the School of Social Policy, responsible for the development and implementation of education strategy with oversight of the School’s teaching programmes. She is a member of the School Senior Management Team, ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8479
Email
h.clarke@bham.ac.uk

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Senior Lecturer
Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research

Justin entered higher education as a mature student studying an interdisciplinary social science foundation course with the Open University and then went to the University of Kent as a full time student to study for a degree in Politics and Sociology. After that he went to the University of Warwick to study for an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory followed by a PhD in Sociology.

He ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6063
Email
j.cruickshank@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Farnhill

Dr Tom Farnhill

Lecturer in Social Policy

Before developing a teaching and research career in higher education Dr Farnhill was a HR practitioner and full-time trade union officer. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his research interests include public policymaking, trade unionism and employee relations, and corporate political activity.

Email
t.farnhill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lin Fu

Dr Lin Fu

Research Fellow

Dr Lin Fu is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology and a member of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS). She conducts quantitative research on the ‘Vulnerability, migration, and wellbeing: investigating experiences, perceptions, and barriers’ project. Lin’s research interests lie in the fields of migration, ...

Email
l.fu@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite

Birmingham Fellow

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. Her research interests focus on poverty and inequality, charitable food provision, and austerity, with a particular focus on stigma.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5717
Email
k.garthwaite@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lisa Goodson

Dr Lisa Goodson

Lecturer

Lisa Goodson is a lecturer in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology where she co-ordinates social policy research modules at post graduate level as well as teaching and tutoring on undergraduate modules in new migration. Lisa has been at the forefront of research exploring the experiences and consequences of migration in the UK and Europe. Common themes that cut across ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4993
Email
l.j.goodson@bham.ac.uk

James Gregory

James Gregory

Research Fellow

James Gregory received his doctorate in political theory before moving into social and housing policy research.  His housing research started at the Fabian Society, where he was a Senior Research Fellow. James is interested in homeownership, asset-based welfare, and neighbourhood research. In addition to a number of think-tank reports, James has recently published papers in Critical Social ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6212
Email
j.gregory@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lee Gregory

Dr Lee Gregory

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

Lee Gregory is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include poverty and inequality as well as theoretical and conceptual debates about welfare provision. He is particularly interested in the role of welfare provision in perpetuating and challenging social problems and notions of alterity within welfare debates. His teaching interests encompass ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 4145715
Email
l.j.gregory@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kelly Hall

Dr Kelly Hall

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Deputy Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is the Director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Policy. Her main research interests include ageing, health/social care, migration and the third sector.

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8027
Email
k.j.hall@bham.ac.uk

Clare Harewood

Clare Harewood

Lecturer in Criminology
Departmental Director of the undergraduate programmes

Clare's teaching is largely across the Social Policy and Criminology joint honours programme. Clare convenes three undergraduate modules including, ‘Violence in a Global Context’, ‘Criminal Justice Systems’, and the Criminology placement module, ‘Doing Justice’. She also contributes to the first year module ‘Introduction to Criminology’ and is an ...

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+44(0)121 414 45717
Email
c.harewood@bham.ac.uk

Tina Hearn

Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of Widening Participation and Outreach

Tina is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Director of Widening Participation and Outreach.  She has a particular commitment to the University's widening participation programmes and facilitating the inclusion of a diverse range of students within higher education, through a range of Outreach activities.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2505
Email
t.hearn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Knops

Dr Andrew Knops

Lecturer in Sociology
Departmental Extenuating Circumstances Officer

Andrew lectures in Sociology. His interests lie broadly in political sociology, especially the theory and practice of democracy, although he also teaches research methods. Andrew came to Birmingham as a research fellow in 2000, and was appointed as a lecturer in 2002.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2728
Email
a.knops@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anna Kotova

Dr Anna Kotova

Lecturer in Criminology
Student Experience Officer

Anna in a Lecturer in Criminology. Her teaching and research interests are in prison sociology and the collateral impact of imprisonment on families of prisoners. She has researched the impact of long sentences on partners of prisoners in the UK, the experiences of prisoners serving sentences for sex offences in a therapeutic community and the use of video-call technology in prisons. She ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4886
Email
a.kotova@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Leggett

Dr Will Leggett

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
School of Social Policy REF Environment Lead

Will Leggett researches and teaches in the areas of political sociology and social and political theory, with a particular focus on the relationship between social change, ideology and political identities and action.

 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8628
Email
w.p.leggett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Senior Research Fellow, IRiS

Laurence Lessard-Phillips is a Senior Research Fellow who joined the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) in May 2016. Her main research interests lie in the perceptions, measurement, and dimensionality of immigrant adaptation; ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market; the transnational behaviour across immigrant generations; and social inequalities and social mobility. ...

Email
l.lessard-phillips@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joanna Long

Dr Joanna Long

Research Fellow
Research Co-ordinator

Dr Joanna Long is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy, and Research Co-ordinator working in the Birmingham EAC in the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Telephone
+44 0121 414 6685
Email
j.e.long.1@bham.ac.uk

Mr Angus McCabe

Mr Angus McCabe

Senior Fellow

Angus has a background in community development work both in inner city and settings on peripheral estates. His research interests include resident led change, health and crime as well as community based education. Until 2006 he was Knowledge Manager for the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund and evaluator with the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health.

He is currently ...

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+44(0)121 415 8561
Email
a.j.mccabe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Mitchell

Dr Daniel Mitchell

Lecturer in Criminology
Departmental Enhancement Officer

Daniel is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminologyat the University of Birmingham. He teaches across the 3 years of the undergraduate programme, as a module convenor for Violence in a Global Context and Crime and Society.  Daniel also supervises a number of final year dissertations, providing advice and guidance on undergraduate research ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 1066
Email
d.j.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor of Social Intervention
Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Social Policy
Cross Whitehall Trials Panel Advisor and Affiliate Professor at the Department of Family Studies, University of Malta

Prof Montgomery arrived at Birmingham University in 2017 to take up his current post after twenty years at Oxford University where he was Professor of Psycho-social Intervention. His work is methodologically based in three main areas: Systematic Reviews, Trials (many of them RCTs) and Methods Advances in Complex Interventions. Topically, his work is wide ranging and includes Sleep where ...

Email
p.x.montgomery@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Overton

Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Deputy Director of CHASM

Louise is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Deputy Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM). Her research interests focus on older people and personal finance (and personal finance-related issues), including financial security, financial advice, and the regulation of consumer financial services.

Louise’s research is strongly empirical, but against a backdrop ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 1066
Email
l.e.overton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ceren Ozgen

Dr Ceren Ozgen

Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow

Dr Ceren Ozgen is an applied economist and she works at the intersection of labour and demographic economics, international migration, and innovation.  She has published extensively on impact of cultural diversity, international migration and firm innovation. Her recent research focuses on skills mismatch in urban areas and overeducation in Dutch and UK labour markets. 

Telephone
+44 121 414 46235
Email
c.ozgen@bham.ac.uk

Robert M Page

Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy

Robert M Page is a Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy. He is the author or editor of nineteen books and short works as well as over forty chapters in edited books.  His books include Stigma which was first published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1984 and  reissued in a new edition by the Psychology Press in 2015: Modern Thinkers on Welfare (Harvester-Wheat ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8088
Email
r.m.page@bham.ac.uk

Professor Simon Pemberton

Professor Simon Pemberton

Professor in Social Policy and Criminology
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Lead

Simon is a Professor in Social Policy and Criminology currently researching aspects of social harm caused by states and corporations, as well as social structures, in particular the harms caused by inequality. 

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8025
Email
s.pemberton.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor of Migration and Superdiversity

Jenny Phillimore is Professor of Migration and Superdiversity. She is a world leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare with a particular focus on public health.  Jenny is also an expert on Community Sponsorship.

She managers teams of researchers focusing on access to health, education, employment, training, and housing integration with a particular ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7822
Email
j.a.phillimore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Marisol Reyes

Dr Marisol Reyes

Research Fellow
Research Leader Community Sponsorship Programme

Marisol Reyes has been lecturer in international relations and Latin American studies in a number of universities in the United States, England and Mexico. Before joining academia she worked for six years in the Mexican government as a researcher of the international affairs department of the Federal Electoral Institute.

Her research has focussed on Latin American studies, citizen’s civic ...

Email
m.reyes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Frankie Rogan

Dr Frankie Rogan

Lecturer in Sociology
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Frankie is a Lecturer in Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Admissions in the School of Social Policy.

Her research focuses largely on the role of new media technologies in producing gendered identities, particularly new femininities and new masculinities. Frankie has also collaborated with colleagues in the Birmingham Business School, researching alongside Professor Isabelle Szmigin on ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5727
Email
f.rogan.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Annavittoria Sarli

Dr Annavittoria Sarli

Marie S. Curie Fellow

Annavittoria Sarli joined the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)in 2020 as a Marie S. Curie post-doctoral fellow. She specialises in migration and intercultural studies, and in qualitative research methods. Her research currently focuses on intercultural competence and second generations. Over the past years she has conducted research on the relation between migration and health, ...

Email
a.sarli@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nando Sigona

Professor Nando Sigona

Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement
Director of IRiS

Nando Sigona is a social scientist with over fifteen years research and teaching experience in migration, refugee, citizenship and ethnic studies. He is the Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.

Professor Sigona’s work investigates the migration and citizenship nexus. ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8030
Email
n.sigona@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ingrid Storm

Birmingham Fellow

Ingrid Storm is a Birmingham Fellow in the Department for Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology in the School of Social Policy.  She is a sociologist of religion and her main interests are in religious change and the impact of religion on social behaviour.

She currently works on a large EU-funded international project focusing on inequality and youth radicalisation, She is ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5721
Email
i.k.storm@bham.ac.uk

Dr Harriet Thomson

Associate Professor in Global Social Policy and Sociology
Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Dr Harriet Thomson is an award-winning interdisciplinary academic with world leading expertise in energy poverty. Her research interests broadly concern the role of public policy and policymaking processes, structural inequalities in the distribution of housing and access to affordable and clean forms of energy, health and wellbeing outcomes, and indicators for measuring the complex realities of ...

Email
h.thomson@bham.ac.uk