Academic staff

Head of the Department

Dr Will Leggett

Dr Will Leggett

Associate Professor of Sociology
Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology (SPSC)

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

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.c.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

Dr Laura Bentley has been a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology since submitting her PhD thesis for examination in 2019. Most recently, Laura started an ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, the project title of which is: ‘Still Jenny from the block? Working-class women, higher education & social mobility in the COVID-19 context’.

The ...

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

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Shelley Budgeon is an Honorary Associate Professor 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 ...

Email
s.budgeon@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emma Burtt

Dr Emma Burtt

Lecturer in Women, Crime and Criminology

Emma is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Birmingham. Her first book, entitled The Lived Experiences of Claiming Wrongful Conviction in Prison, will be published by Routledge Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2023.   

Emma’s research interests include wrongful conviction, the maintenance of innocence and the sociology of prison life. She draws on material from a ...

Email
e.burtt@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

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 Ashley Cole

Dr Ashley Cole

Teaching Associate

Dr Ashley Cole is currently working in the school of Social Policy teaching in Criminology. Her research interests include social movements, black social movements, leadership, black feminism.

Email
a.cole.4@bham.ac.uk

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Senior Lecturer
Department Director of MA Admissions

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

Dr Tom Farnhill

Dr Tom Farnhill

Lecturer in Social Policy

Tom teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and is also the School’s Director of Placements and Employability.

Email
t.farnhill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lin Fu

Dr Lin Fu

Research Fellow

Lin’s research interests are in the economics of obesity; migration, vulnerability, and wellbeing; and the determinants of health-compromising behaviours.

Lin joined the Centre for Economics of Obesity led by Professor Emma Frew in December 2021. Her research focuses on transforming urban food systems funded by the UK Research and Innovation Mandala consortium programme

Email
l.fu@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite

Associate Professor
Deputy Director of Research (Impact), School of Social Policy
Birmingham Fellow

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is an Associate Professor and Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is also the Deputy Director of Research (Impact), School of Social Policy.

Kayleigh’s research interests focus on poverty and inequality, social security, and stigma, specifically investigating charitable food provision and food insecurity. Her work is ...

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 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 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 Rodolfo Leyva

Dr Rodolfo Leyva

Lecturer Quantitative Methods

Rodolfo (Rudy) Leyva joined the School of Social Policy in September 2021, as a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods.

Rodolfo is a behavioural-social scientist, with specialisms in cognitive sociology, political-economy, and media psychology. His primary and interdisciplinary research draws on leading theories of ideological hegemony, neurocognition, and enculturation, and employs online experiment ...

Email
r.leyva@bham.ac.uk

Dr Paul David Luke

Dr Paul David Luke

Teaching Associate

Dr Paul Luke is a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham where he teaches on Social Policy and Sociology. His research focuses on contemporary debates in the UK welfare state, on (Universal) Basic Income as a policy debate, and on utopia as a methodological tool of sociology.

Email
p.luke@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kelly Mackenzie

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 ...

Telephone
+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

Dr Mark Monaghan

Dr Mark Monaghan

Reader in Criminology and Social Policy

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
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 Özlem Ögtem-Young

Dr Özlem Ögtem-Young

Research Fellow
Research Lead (Poverty, Precarity, Saving and Debt)

Özlem Ögtem-Young is a Research Fellow and Research Theme Lead (Poverty, Precarity, Savings and Debt) for  the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) within the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, developing and undertaking research into issues of poverty, precarity and financial insecurity amongst socially and economically ...

Email
o.young@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

Lecturer in Economics

Dr Ceren Ozgen is an applied economist and she works at the intersection of labour and urban economics.  She has published extensively on impact of cultural diversity, international migration and firm innovation. Her recent research focuses on technological change and robotisation, skills mismatch and environmental pollution.

She is the UoB director of University of Birmingham - VU ...

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

Dr Anna Papoutsi

Dr Anna Papoutsi

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Anna Papoutsi is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2022-2025) at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology.

Her project, Border time: everyday temporal practices in Athens, Berlin and Liverpool, aims to unveil, analyse and conceptualise the temporalities of border control and the politics of time involved in migration governance. Border Timeis designed around three urban ...

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 Shuang Qiu

Dr Shuang Qiu

Teaching Associate

Dr Shuang Qiu joined the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology as a Teaching Associate in 2021. She is currently editing her monograph based on her PhD thesis for publication with Palgrave Macmillan as part of its Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences series.

ORC Profile

Email
s.qiu@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 ...

Email
f.rogan.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Denise Ruprai

Dr Denise Ruprai

Research Associate

Denise Ruprai is a Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham. She is an analytical and researched-focused individual with extensive knowledge in neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neuroanatomy and trauma related social science research, along with versatile experience in complex data analysis and high-performance computing.

Email
d.ruprai@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
Research Lead (Risk and Financial Security in Later Life)

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 Neil Stephens

Dr Neil Stephens

Senior Lecturer in Technology and Society

Neil (he/him) is a sociologist and Science and Technology Studies scholar. A key focus has been innovation in biotechnology, and he has conducted research about the politics of stem cell science, mitochondrial donation, and cultured meat, among others.

Neil has conducted a diversity of public and policy engagement activities. This includes multiple appearances in newspapers and broadcasts across ...

Email
n.stephens@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 Martin Strobl

Dr Martin Strobl

Research Fellow

Martin Strobl is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology.

Martin is associated with the interdisciplinary PRECEDE research project. He works closely with Lorenza Antonuccion topics that explore the socio-economic and cultural roots of European populism. Given his background in economics, Martin also has a broad interest in political economy and public ...

Email
m.strobl@bham.ac.uk

Dr Harriet Thomson

Dr Harriet Thomson

Associate Professor in Global Social Policy and Sociology
College Lead for Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Programmes

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

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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