Staff Profiles: Sociology

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Academic Subject Lead, Social Sciences

Environmental Sciences

I am a Political Sociologist by training, teaching across Sociology and Criminology. I specialise in issues around Globalisation and Democracy, understanding Genocide, and Restorative Justice.

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Prof. Phillip Toms

Academic Subject Leader in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

I specialise in Quaternary science, studying environments of the past 2.58 million years to help predict our future climate and to understand the emergence of modern humans

Dr. Sam Scott

Dr. Sam Scott

Senior Lecturer in Geography

Environmental Sciences

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.

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a criminologist interested in policing, procedural justice and evidence-based approaches to crime reduction and community safety.

Dr. Rachel Bennett

Dr. Rachel Bennett

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Environmental Sciences

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

Dr. Louise Best

Dr. Louise Best

Lecturer in Physical Geography

Environmental Sciences

I am a physical geographer interested in reconstructing environmental change, with particular expertise in coasts and sea-level change.

Dr. Lucy Clarke

Dr. Lucy Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Environmental Sciences

I have always had a fascination with understanding how the world works, and in particular investigating the watery world (both flowing and frozen) using image analysis and GIS (Geographical Information Systems)

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Dr. Brian Frederick

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

My research focuses on how both mainstream and gay social media sites and applications are used by men who have sex with men (MSM) to facilitate experiences with drugs such as crystal methamphetamine, mephedrone and the gaba analogues (e.g., GHB; GBL).

James Garo Derounian

James Garo Derounian

Principal Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences

Social Sciences

I specialise in research and teaching around community engagement, rural issues, and interactive approaches to teaching and learning.

Dr. Kerry Hughes

Dr. Kerry Hughes

Senior Tutor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences

I am the Senior Tutor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences. By training and experience I am a Clinical Psychologist. My interests are in wellbeing and mental health, and I am module tutor for modules on clinical psychology, counselling and wellbeing.

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Dr. Demelza Jones

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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.

Dr. Kenny Lynch

Dr. Kenny Lynch

Reader in Geography

Environmental Sciences

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.

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

Social Sciences

I am Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology. My research concerns issues around State violence, Islamophobia, racism, gender and religion.

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Dr. Amber Phillips

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a criminologist specialising in transnational organised crime. My teaching and research interests are centred on global crime and environmental crime, with a focus on the Italian mafias.

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Dr. Hazel Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Social Sciences

I am a sociologist interested in issues of community, gender, disability and the family.

Dr. Kim Schenke

Dr. Kim Schenke

Psychology Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

I am a social neuroscientist who researches the processes involved in social interactions. This ranges from investigating how we make action predictions about others, to the experiences of social anxiety, to imitation behaviours.