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Room:  MB770 
Phone:  0121 204 3805  
Email: [email protected]


Having taught at the University of Wolverhampton (1992-2001) and Nottingham Trent University (2001-7), I joined Aston in 2007, becoming Head of Sociology and Policy in 2018. I am joint editor of the journal Environmental Politics, and a former editor in chief of the journal Social Movement Studies.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on social movements, with an emphasis on disobedience, tactics, and institutional arenas. I am especially interested in developing socio-legal understandings of the criminal trials of social movement activists, focusing on interplays of voice and power in judicial settings.

I welcome research proposals, and am available to speak to the media, on these or related topics.


  • BA in Modern European Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, 1989.
  • PhD, Political Opportunity Structures and Environmental Protest in the French Fifth Republic, Department of Government, University of Manchester, 2000; awarded the Walter Bagehot prize for best dissertation in Government and Public Administration by the Political Studies Association, 2001.

Teaching Activity

I currently teach and/or run the following courses to Sociology and Policy students:

LK3034 The Challenges of Climate Change (Final year UG, 15cr, course leader, sole tutor)

LK1011 Becoming a Social Scientist (First year UG, 30cr, joint tutor focusing on Qualitative Methods)

Administrative Roles

I am Head of Department for Sociology and Policy.


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