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Phone:  0121 204 3805  


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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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