Staff profiles

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Dr John Hockey

John is a sociologist who has published research on how people interact in the areas of sport and work.

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John Clay-Davies

I am a Lecturer in Policing with research interests in organizational and occupational culture and how people develop their professional identity

Dr Hazel Roberts, Course Leader for Sociology

Hazel is a sociologist interested in issues of community, gender, disability and the family.

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Dr Sarah Nixon

Sarah is an ex-prison officer (6 years) and researches in peer work and desistance in prison/probation. She is passionate about ex-offender rehabilitation and desistance.

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Richard Hester, Subject Lead for Social Sciences (Maternity Cover)

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Policing in the social sciences subject area. I was a police officer with Thames Valley Police for 12 years and have worked in various front-line roles in policing, including high profile events such as the 2012 Olympics.

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Dr Charlie Parker

My research interests focus around social identities. As a qualitative researcher, my sociological interests have led me to researching transnational island communities and military communities, as well as paid carers in institutional settings.

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Professor Jane Monckton Smith, Professor of Public Protection

I am a forensic criminologist specialising in homicide, stalking and coercive control. My teaching is focused around forensic and criminal investigation and issues in public protection.

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Dr Louise Livesey

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and also teach Sociology and other modules. Specialist interests include violence against women and girls; sexual violence; victim/survivor knowledge; policy and practice development and grassroots work as well as theory and practice links.

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Dr Demelza Jones, Subject Lead for Social Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. My main research and teaching expertise relates to migration, and different forms of (super)diversity and inequality.

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Dr Sam Scott, Course Lead for Geography

I am a human geographer who specialises in population geography and international migration. My teaching draws heavily on research I have carried out looking at low-wage migrant workers in the UK and skilled British expatriates overseas.

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Dr Rachel Bennett, Course Leader for International Relations

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography, specialising in quantitative methods and population health and ageing.

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Professor Kenny Lynch, Professor of Development and Communities

Growing up on the edge of Edinburgh gave me an interest in how cities develop. Relatives working in Nigeria, Italy, Switzerland, the US and Belgium gave me an insight into what things are like in other parts of the world.

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Dr. Jonathan Hobson, Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Jon is a Political Sociologist by training, teaching across sociology and criminology. He specialises in issues on power, authority and overcoming social harms. This includes work onĀ  understanding genocide, Restorative Justice, and marginalised communities.

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