Meet the team

Dr Pauline Anderson - Sociology  (Department Head) 

I teach on the undergraduate course in Sociology and I also supervise MPhil and PhD students.

My main teaching areas include:

  • Accredited student volunteering and community based  learning programmes
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Gender and Development in 'Third World' Societies
  • Introductory Sociology

My research interests are broadly concerned with issues of social justice in employment and education.  I have researched and published in the areas of gender and class inequalities in Higher Education; women's unemployment; women in science, engineering and technology; the value of student volunteering and community based learning in widening participation and graduate employment.

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 415

Richard Glover - Criminology and Criminal Justice

Before I became a lecturer I practised as a criminal law solicitor and my main areas of teaching and research are in the law of evidence and criminal law. I co-author, with Peter Murphy, one of the leading textbooks on the law of evidence: Murphy on Evidence (12th edn, Oxford University Press, 2011), which is regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. I have written a number of journal articles on both evidence and criminal law, eg 'Can dishonesty be salvaged? Dishonesty and the grounding of the MSC Napoli'[2010] 74 Journal of Criminal Law 53 and 'Codifying the law on evidential burdens' [2008] 72 Journal of Criminal Law 305 and also have a strong interest in public order law and policing. Other recent publications include: Lowther, Glover and Williams, 'Salvage, pollution or looting? The stranding of the Napoli's cargo' (2009) 15 Journal of International Maritime Law 65. My other main area of teaching is employment law.

Contact, email: or call: 01902 321 627

Pat Green - Sociology

My current teaching and research interests are on student volunteering, and the links between the voluntary and community sector and higher education in the UK.  I have researched issues of equality and diversity in public and professional life for many years, and have published widely on both areas of work.  ‘The Role of Volunteering in Transitions from Higher Education to Work’ co-authored with Nicole Matthews, David Hall and Irene Hall, was published in Transitions from Education to Work (edited by Rachel Brooks) by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009.

I am a member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and have recently been part of a research steering group for the Institute of Volunteering Research 

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 413


Louise Miles - Criminology and Criminal Justice

Louise Miles originally qualified as a Solicitor and worked in the areas of Family and Criminal Law before leaving legal practice to pursue an academic career. She has worked at the University of Wolverhampton for twenty years and during that time has taught a variety of Law and of Criminal Justice modules. Her current teaching is on:

  • Law and Society
  • Social Inequalities
  • Public Law
  • Contemporary Issues in European Union Law
  • Equity and Trusts

These modules reflect her interest not only in Law as a discipline but also the interaction between law and the society in which we live. Louise’s particular area of teaching and research is Human Rights and the controversy surrounding the Human Rights Act 1998.  She is also the LLB (Part-time) Course Manager.

Louise has retained her place on the Roll of Solicitors and is a member of the Law Society.

Contact, email: or call: 01902 321 590

Shirin Housee - Sociology 

My specialist teaching areas are in Gender and racialised issues with special interest in anti-racist education. I am module leader in the following modules.

Level 5: Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context.

Level 5: Making Gender

Level 6: Global Educational issues.

My research endeavours are in the field of education, with specific remits on access, progression and general equal opportunities issues. My current projects are in anti racist education in Higher Education. In 2009 my article Should Ethnicity Matter when we teach about Race’ ,  in Race, Ethnicity and Education, vol. 11. (4) pp415- 428  Routledge, (2008)  was, according to the main ‘informaworld’ site the 2nd most downloaded FREE paper - with 457 full article downloads.

In September 2011 I was awarded the prize for having made national contributions to learning and teaching in Sociology by the Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) This award was for the research work that the Race Research Group – Andy Pilkington, Shirin Housee, Paul Warmington and Kevin Hylton have done on anti-racist education.

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 453

Dr Steve Iafrati - Social Policy                          

My main areas of teaching concern poverty, neighbourhoods, and the government’s ability to pay for welfare.  I have a particular interest in the economics of welfare and having worked previously as a neighbourhood manager, I also maintain an interest in the way communities are understood and included in decision making. 

Recent research has focused on the Big Society and features awareness of how voluntary sector organisations understand the concept.  This combines with a decrease in funding for neighbourhoods that will potentially impact on local services and their mode of delivery.  Following on from this research, I presented a paper at this year’s Social Policy Association conference and will be speaking at a regeneration conference in London in December.”

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 471

Dr Neil Olley - Criminology and Criminal Justice (Course Leader Criminology and Criminal Justice) 

I currently teach a number of criminology modules. I teach on the Theories of Crime module and the introductory first year module Thinking About Crime. I also lecture on Police and Society which introduces students to the history of the modern police force and examines the relationship between police and society. I teach on the third year module Controlling Crime a module that examines how crime in modern society is prevented and controlled. Formal and informal methods of controlling crime are critically examined and address the ways in which the behaviour and lifestyles of particular individuals and social groups are controlled. Contemporary modes of crime prevention and control are examined and critically evaluated. Lastly I lecture on a module called Contemporary Issues in Criminology which is split between sections on illegal drugs and sex a crime. I lecture on the ‘drugs’ part. This part of the module is comparative from the beginning to the end. It draws on material from the USA/UK and other European countries; from the history of illegalisation and models of drug control, debates on the war on drugs and discrimination, marijuana and legalisation/decriminalisation in Europe and the USA through to heroin trials in Europe (such as Switzerland).

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 444

Clare Williams - Social Policy  (Course Leader Social Policy)

Before I became a lecturer I worked in the Early Years and Care fields particularly with families with children with disabilities in both residential and community settings.  My main areas of teaching are around the development of the British Welfare State, poverty and deprivation and Children and Family policy.   I teach at all three levels of the undergraduate degree programme.

I am currently engaged in doctoral research looking at the development of the Children Centre programme in England and the way that this is understood at both national and local levels.    I have also recently given a number of conference papers, including one at the annual Social Policy Association conference looking at the impact of ‘Big Society’ on children and young people.

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 426

Dr Kate Williams - Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr Kate Williams teaches in the areas of introductory criminology, sex work - one of her specialist research areas, and co-ordinates the undergraduate dissertations for Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also a PhD supervisor. Together with Professor Kate Moss and Pram Singh, Kate is currently involved with an EU funded study into women rough sleepers who suffer violence, and has recently completed an ESRC project with Professor PAJ Waddington, Professor Tim Newburn and Dr Martin Wright entitled ‘Evaluating police behaviour — using video–clips to examine variations in the public’s evaluation of police conduct’. Kate is also currently the Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology and the Secretary of the BSC Midlands Branch.

Contact, email: or call: 01902 323 590

Dr Sam Pryke

I have been teaching Sociology for over 15 years.  Before that I taught English as a foreign language abroad for some years.  I am currently teaching on modules on theory and methods.  Specifically, I am responsible for Sociological Reasoning 6SL 007.  I make a major contribution to Sociological Imagination 4SL005 and 5SL006 Doing Sociological Research

My main academic interests, one I did PhD research on and have mainly published on, is the study of nationalism.  Over the last 10 years I have taught and researched the sociology of globalisation.  I put the two interests together to write Nationalism in Global World published by Palgrave in 2009.  More recently I have written on economic nationalism.  My article Economic nationalism, theory, history and prospects has just been published in the journal Global Policy.