Graeme Hayes

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Having taught at the University of Wolverhampton (1992-2001) and Nottingham Trent University (2001-7), I joined Aston in 2007, first as Head of French and, from September 2012, Head of Languages and Translation Studies. I am Visiting Professor at the Political Science Institute (SciencesPo) in Rennes, and an associate member of the CRAPE (Centre de recherches sur l’action politique en Europe) research laboratory, where I spent two years as an EU Marie Curie research fellow from 2010-12.

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:

LYM002 Globalization and Social Change (PG, 20cr, course leader, principal tutor in circus module)

LYM007 Dissertation (PG, 60cr, course leader)

LYM005 Social Theory and Social Change (PG, 20cr, one session within circus module)

LYM012 Qualitative Methods (PG, 20cr, two sessions within circus module)

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

LK3024 Contemporary Social Movements (Final year UG, 15cr, course leader, sole 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

Acting Associate Dean for Research, 2018

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