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 Chloe Alexander

Dr Chloe Alexander

Research Fellow

Chloe Alexander is an expert on young carers. Her research examines inequalities, family life and the impact of public policies.

Her theoretical work develops the use of affect theory and explores the politics of care.

She specialises in qualitative research, including ethnography, visual research and creative methods.

Her current research is on the role of social enterprises in social care, ...

Email
c.j.l.alexander.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Allsopp

Dr Jennifer Allsopp

Birmingham Fellow

Jennifer’s research centres on how people move and mobilise to support what they perceive to be viable futures for themselves, their families and their societies in the context of migration. Her most recent work explores the relationship between immigration control, welfare and wellbeing, with a focus on gender, aging, and the politics of membership and belonging. She is passionate about ...

Email
j.allsopp@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.

G&eum ...

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

Dr Lorenza Antonucci

Dr Lorenza Antonucci

Associate Professor
Birmingham Fellow
School Impact REF Lead

Lorenza Antonucci is currently Associate Professor and 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 ...

Email
l.antonucci@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

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 Phil Child

Dr Phil Child

Honorary Research Fellow

Phil is a political historian of modern Britain, focused on cities, housing and voluntary action. He is also a member of the Civil Society and Volunteering research theme and an associate member of the Centre for Modern British Studies within the Department of History.  

Email
p.child@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

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

Senior Lecturer

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

Dr James Gregory

Dr James Gregory

Senior Research Fellow

Dr 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 ...

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 ...

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

Dr Kelly Hall

Dr Kelly Hall

Reader in Social Policy
Director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Policy

Kelly is a Reader 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

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 Ella Holdsworth

Dr Ella Holdsworth

Research Associate

Ella Holdsworth is a research associate in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is currently part of the Trauma, Social Harm and Health research team, working on a study which seeking validate the Women’s Risk Need Assessment for use with criminalised women in England and Wales.

Her research focuses on experiences of the criminal justice process and community ...

Email
e.holdsworth@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

Associate Professor of Sociology

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 Kelly Mackenzie

Research Associate

Kelly Mackenzie is a research associate in the Trauma, Social Harm and Health team within the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She joined the team in 2021 having previously worked as a practitioner within a domestic abuse charity. She is currently working on a study seeking to validate the Women’s Risk Need Assessment for use with criminalised women in England and ...

Email
k.mackenzie.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 Gareth Millward

Dr Gareth Millward

Research Fellow

Gareth Millward is a historian specialising in post-war British health policy. His current research is part of the Border Crossings project led by John Mohan on the place of voluntary action in the National Health Service. He has previously worked on histories of disability policy, vaccination policy and the intersection between work, social security and health care in ‘sick note’ ...

Email
g.millward@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

Dr Louise Overton

Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM)

Louise is a Lecturer in Social Policy and 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 of ...

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

Dr Anna Papoutsi

Dr Anna Papoutsi

Research Fellow

Anna Papoutsi is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of border studies, migration, urban studies and social policy. Her expertise lies in conducting qualitative critical research on borders, migration and human mobility, through an urban lens and a focus on the micro-level, the local, the neighbourhood, the community.

Her PhD work focused on the impact of the 2015 border ...

Email
a.papoutsi@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
Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Dr Marisol Reyes has been the research leader of the Community Sponsorship Scheme (CSS) directed by Professor Jenny Phillimore since 2017. The scheme was implemented by the British government to enable community groups to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK. 

Marisol has focused her research on the motivations and experience of the organisers and volunteers around ...

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 Christopher Q Smith

Research Fellow

Chris is a Research Fellow working in the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM). He is currently carrying out a qualitative research project with Dr Louise Overton into the changing nature of pension decision making following the introduction of new 'pension freedoms' in 2015. This is a one-year project funded by the Standard Life Foundation.

Email
c.q.smith.1@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

Dr Emma Watkins

Lecturer in Criminology

Emma is a Lecturer in Criminology and a fellow of higher education; she was awarded her PhD at University of Liverpool. That thesis led to the monograph: Life Courses of Young Convicts Transported to Van Diemen's Land. Emma is an historical criminologist who uses digital technologies with historical documentation and criminological methodologies. An elected member of the Royal Historical Society.

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