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Personal profile


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 Visiting Professor at the Political Science Institute in Lille, where I teach a class on environmental mobilisations, and an associate member of the Arenes research laboratory.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on social movements, with an emphasis on protest strategies, and developing ideas of activist traditions, and collective memory. I am especially interested in the criminal trials of social movement activists. I am joint Editor of Environmental Politics, and Consulting Editor for Social Movement Studies, for which I was editor in chief from 2010-15.

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)

LK3024 Contemporary Social Movements (Final year UG, 15cr, course leader, joint tutor)

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


As Visiting Professor, I taught Environmental Sociology to MA students at SciencesPo Rennes, 2012-15, and currently teach a short course on Environmental Movements to MA students each spring at SciencesPo Lille (since 2017).

Administrative Roles

I am Head of Department for Sociology and Policy.

Contact Details

Room:  MB770 
Phone:  0121 204 3805  
Email: g.a.hayes@aston.ac.uk

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Research Output

A New Climate Movement? Extinction Rebellion’s Activists in Profile

Hayes, G., Doherty, B. & Saunders, C., 15 Jul 2020, p. 1-39, 41 p. (CUSP WORKING PAPER; vol. 25).

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
  • Anti-Abortion Clinic Activism, Civil Inattention, and the Problem of Gendered Harassment

    Lowe, P. & Hayes, G. A., 1 Apr 2019, In : Sociology. 53, 2, p. 330-346 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Breaking Laws: Violence and Civil Disobedience in Protest

    Sommier, I., Hayes, G. A. & Ollitrault, S., 30 Apr 2019, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press . 274 p. (Protest and Social Movements)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Resisting Austerity: Collective Action in Europe in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis

    Fominaya, C. F. (ed.) & Hayes, G. A. (ed.), 20 Feb 2018, London: Routledge. 170 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Tactics and Strategic Action

    Doherty, B. & Hayes, G. A., Oct 2018, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Snow, D., Soule, S., Kriesi, H. & McCammon, H. (eds.). 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 271-288 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Press / Media

    Deportation and direct action in Britain: The ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

    Graeme Hayes, Brian Doherty & Steven Cammiss


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research