The Department of History, Sociology and Criminology is an interdisciplinary department bringing together scholars working in the fields of History, Sociology and Criminology. With an established research base we can currently supervise doctoral research in the following areas:


  • The relationship between culture and politics in Britain from the 18th century onwards (Peter Catterall)

  • Social and Urban Change in 20th century Britain (Mark Clapson)

  • Women and work in 20th century Britain (Helen Glew)

  • 20th century British external policy (Anthony Gorst)

  • Post 1945 Western European history, in particular topics relating to European integration (Frances Lynch, Katja Seidel) and personal taxation (Frances Lynch)


  • Race, politics and popular culture (Ben Pitcher)

  • The night-time economy, gender, leisure studies and urban sociology (Adam Eldridge)

  • Social media and democratic discourse, sociology of human rights, and political discourse and engagement in social media (David Khabaz)

  • Education policy, pedagogy, curriculum and practice, especially relating to gender and ethnicity in Britain (Celia Jenkins)

  • Political protest and social movements, Global civil society and transnational activist networks, Publics and public sphere theory, Participation, citizenship and democracy, Activism and digital media, Citizens’ and alternative media, Popular education and informal pedagogy (Hilde Stephasen)


  • Comparative and transnational criminology, particularly prisons and crime prevention (Sacha Darke)

For queries or informal discussions about research degrees, and to find out about potential supervisors, please contact the following person:
E: [email protected]

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