Academic staff

Head of the Department

Professor Simon Pemberton

Professor Simon Pemberton

Birmingham Fellow
Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

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

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

Academic Staff

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Senior Lecturer

My 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.

My 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 Lorenza Antonucci

Dr Lorenza Antonucci

Birmingham Fellow

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

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 Matthew Bennett

Lecturer in Social Policy

Matthew is a lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. He is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and also the Programme Coordinator for the MA in Social Research (Social Policy), MA in Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice), and the MA in Social Policy. He is the Social Policy and Social Work pathway lead for Midlands ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6710
Email
m.r.bennett@bham.ac.uk

Anita Blessing

Anita Blessing

Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow

Anita Blessing joined the Housing and Communities research groupin late 2015 for a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship that she applied for with Professor David Mullins. Their project Reinvest: Financing Affordable Housing Under Localism will run until early 2018. Partnerships with Housing Europe and the University of Amsterdam will help to connect the research to live policy debates and to ...

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+44(0)121 414 8170
Email
a.blessing@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson

Lecturer in Criminology

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. ...

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

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Deputy Dean, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

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

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

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 Amanda Conroy

Dr Amanda Conroy

Lecturer in Sociology

Amanda is a Lecturer in Sociology. Her research interests include critical security studies, immigration and migration, borders and bordering, gendered and racialised dimensions of right-wing social movements, (particularly in the US), and the narrative, discourse and change in social movements.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2784
Email
a.conroy@bham.ac.uk

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Senior Lecturer

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 ...

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

Angela Ellis-Paine

Research Fellow

Angela joined TSRC in February 2011, and is currently working within TSRC’s Theory and Policy stream on a co-funded project looking at the Big Lottery Fund as a policy actor. The project is exploring different stakeholder’s perceptions of the impact of BIG on the strategic development of the third sector.

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 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, foodbank use, and welfare reform, with a particular focus on stigma.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5026
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
Director of Undergraduate Programmes

Lee joined the Department in September 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. His principal research interests include poverty, inequality and asset-based welfare, youth policy, the mixed economy of welfare and alternative forms of welfare provision. His most recent research investigates the possibilities of complementary currencies in forming social networks and creating resilience to ill-health ...

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

Dr Kelly Hall

Dr Kelly Hall

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is the co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Policy into Practice programme. 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

Teaching Fellow

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 ...

Telephone
+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 Rachel Humphris

Dr Rachel Humphris

Lecturer

Rachel Humphris is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. She is interested in international migration, citizenship, urban diversity, race/ethnicity, gender and qualitative methods. She is also the UK Coordinator for the European Website on Integration.

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Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8213
Email
r.humphris@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Ince

Dr Rebecca Ince

Research Fellow

Becky joined HSMC and TSRC in February 2017 as a Research Fellow working on a project investigating the contribution of voluntary sector organisations to mental health crisis care in England. This is a co-produced project working with co-researchers who are experts by lived experience, and in partnership with Suresearch, a service user research organisation. She has held previous research ...

Telephone
0121 414 3673 (Park House) /0121 414 8975 (Muirhead Tower)
Email
r.n.ince@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laura Kelly

Dr Laura Kelly

Research Fellow

Laura Kelly is a Research Fellow in the Third Sector Research Centre. Her focus is the development of external funding applications.

Email
l.kelly@bham.ac.uk

Dr William Kerr

Teaching Associate

William Kerr is a sociologist who specializes in social theory. Currently he is researching on uses of Darwinian social evolution in social theory, and Eurocentrism in theories of social change.

Email
w.kerr@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Knops

Dr Andrew Knops

Lecturer

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

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, and her next project is on prisoners serving sentences for sex offences in a therapeutic community. She teaches Introduction to Criminology and ...

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

Dr Will Leggett

Dr Will Leggett

Senior Lecturer

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

Research Fellow, IRiS

Laurence Lessard-Phillips is a 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. She is ...

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

Angus McCabe

Angus McCabe

Senior Research 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 ...

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

Dr Daniel Mitchell

Dr Daniel Mitchell

Lecturer in Criminology
Employability Officer for Dept. Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

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

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

Professor John Mohan

Professor John Mohan

Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Third Sector Research Centre

John is a Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, and is currently Director of the Third Sector Research Centre.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5405
Email
j.mohan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Mark Monaghan

Dr Mark Monaghan

Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

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.

Email
m.monaghan@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor of Social Intervention
Cross Whitehall Trials Panel Advisor and Affiliate Professor at the Department of Family Studies, University of Malta

Paul 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 Intereventions. Topically, his work is wide ranging and includes Sleepwhere he originally did ...

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

Professor David Mullins

Professor David Mullins

Emeritus Professor of Housing Policy

David Mullins is Professor of Housing Policy and leads the Housing and Communities Research Group in IASS. He also has links with the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) in the School of Social Policy. His research interests include the governance, management and regulation of housing, housing need and homelessness, the role of ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3348
Email
d.w.mullins@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Overton

Lecturer in Social Policy

Louise is a Lecturer in Social Policy and a member 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 at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.  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 was recently (2015)  reissued in a new edition by the ...

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

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor of Migration and Superdiversity

Jenny Phillimore is Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversityand 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, as well as publishing and development of the community research methodology. Over the past decade she has managed teams of ...

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

Dr Frankie Rogan

Teaching Associate
Lecturer

Frankie was awarded her PhD in 2017. Her thesis examined the role of new media technologies in the construction of cultural and political identities amongst (post-)millennial girls and young women. Her research focuses largely on the role of new medias in producing gendered identities, particularly new femininities and new masculinities. Frankie has also worked in the Birmingham Business School, ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 6473
Email
f.rogan.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Richard Ronald

Professor Richard Ronald

Professor of Housing and Social Change

Richard joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 and contributes to teaching in Social Policy (particularly in the area of comparative policy and research) as well as to research activities in the Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) and Housing and Communities Research. He also studied and worked in the Netherlands, Japan and the USA, and continues to hold a ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8564
Email
r.ronald@bham.ac.uk

Professor Karen Rowlingson

Professor Karen Rowlingson

Professor of Social Policy

Karen is a Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, as well as being Director of Research for the College of Social Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM).

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8565
Email
k.rowlingson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nando Sigona

Dr Nando Sigona

Reader in International Migration and Forced Displacement

Nando Sigona is a social scientist with over fifteen years research and teaching experience in migration, refugee, citizenship and ethnic studies. He joined the School of Social Policy in February 2013 as a Birmingham Fellow. He is Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.

Dr Sigona’s work investigates the migration and citizenship nexus. This is ...

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, and recently ...

Email
i.k.storm@bham.ac.uk

Dr Harriet Thomson

Dr Harriet Thomson

Lecturer in Global Social Policy and Sociology

About Dr Harriet Thomson is a Lecturer in Global Social Policy and Sociology in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She is also the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, and the Programme Coordinator for the MA in Social Research (Social Policy), MA in Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice), and the MA in Social Policy. In addition, Harriet is an ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2604
Email
h.thomson@bham.ac.uk