Staff Profiles: Sociology

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Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Academic Subject Lead, Social Sciences

Criminology and Policing

Sociology

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

Geography

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

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.

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Criminology and Policing

Sociology

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

James Garo Derounian

James Garo Derounian

Principal Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences

Sociology

Criminology and Policing

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

Psychology

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

Criminology and Policing

Sociology

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

Geography

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. Amber Phillips

Lecturer in Criminology

Criminology and Policing

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.

Dr. Kim Schenke

Dr. Kim Schenke

Psychology Lecturer

Psychology

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.