The University of Wolverhampton (UoW) is home to approximate 23,000 students. The UoW’s research and innovation activities have won the 2013 UK Knowledge Transfer Award, and the 2014 UK Collaborative IMPACT award. It is also the holder of the Athena Swan Bronze Award and the HR Excellence in Research Award.
We are very fortunate in SSIPP to have a wide range of staff members in a position to supervise your doctoral study. Below are some examples:
Dr Pauline Anderson – Department Head for SSIPP and Principal Lecturer in Sociology
Dr Pauline Anderson has extensive knowledge and experience in fields including gender and social class inequalities in higher education and employment. In addition to being Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Inclusion and Public Protection, Dr Anderson has supervised PhDs as Director of Studies and welcomes applications from new students working in the broad area of educational inequalities and the lived experience of gender and social class within the academy. Additionally, Dr Anderson has been pivotal in studying the voluntary sector and establishing links between the university and the voluntary sector.
Professor Graham Brooks – Professor of Criminology
Professor Brooks specialises in corruption in international sport and techniques of policing and preventing corruption in an international context. As well as publishing extensively in the UK and abroad, Prof Brooks has been Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB) and Assistant Director Centre for Counter Fraud, Portsmouth. Professor Brooks has recently secured an Individual Marie Curie Fellowship worth €146,000 to research ‘Traditional Organised Crime and the Internet: The changing organization of illegal gambling networks'. Prof Brooks was also part of the research team that developed Fraud Loss Measurement (FLM) exercise now used as guidance in EU/China project on measuring fraud and online fraud resilience tool with PKF used by National Fraud Authority and Charity Commission.
Dr David J. Cox – Reader in Criminal Justice History
Dr David J. Cox specialises in the dark side of human nature, with particular focus on criminal; behaviour of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century offenders, together with the attempts to police and administer justice to such malefactors. Dr Cox is currently supervising several PhD students through the course of their studies, and is always happy to hear from potential post-graduate students who may be interested in pursuing their own research interests in all aspects of criminal justice history. For potential PhD students that are bewitched by burglars, captivated by courtrooms, gripped by stories of gibbeting, hung up about hanging, or passionate about policing history, then Dr Cox is the man for you.
Dr Shirin Housee – Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Dr Shirin Housee has over 25 years of experience and publications researching the field of education, with specific focus on access, progression and general equal opportunities. Her current research activities are examining anti-racist education in Higher Education. Dr Shirin Housee also has extensive involvement in work on anti-racist pedagogy, much of her work focuses on classroom interaction, engagement, student group dialogue and staff to student discussions. In this work she argues that the teaching and learning experience of students are related to issues of identity and diversity that informs their sense of being, of transformation and success.
Dr Steve Iafrati – Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Dr Steve Iafrati has a particular focus on poverty as well as the funding and delivery of welfare. At a time of economic and social change within the UK, Dr Iafrati has published research in areas such as food banks, hate crime, substance abuse treatment and payday loans. Part of the university’s faculty research committee, Dr Iafrati is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Social Policy Association’s national executive. Dr Iafrati has extensive experience of working voluntary sector organisations and local authorities in producing research and contributing to strategies.
Dr Sam Pryke – Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Dr Sam Pryke has a primary academic interest in the sociology of nations and nationalism. His PhD work was on issues around national identity, gender and sexuality in national British youth movements. Subsequently he has researched long distance nationalism and the relationship between nationalism and globalisation. He is a member for many years of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism. He has additional academic interest in the study of migration.
Dr Michael Rees – Lecturer in Sociology
Dr Michael Rees has a particular focus on the sociology of the body, including tattooing and the construction of identity through appearance. Bringing a strong cultural analysis to sociology within the department, Dr Rees has a background in studying the role of media and other cultural influences. Additionally, Dr Rees has an interest in sociological research surrounding particular diseases.
Dr Christopher Stone – Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies and BSL Interpreting
Dr Stone is an experienced academic within Interpreting and Deaf Studies having previously worked at Gallaudet University and also working as an interpreter. Dr Stone’s research includes areas within Interpreting Studies such as ethnography, language and cognition, whilst recent work has included Deaf people working as translators and interpreters within the Deaf community. With a range of academic publications to his name, Dr Stone also has interest in Deaf legal discourse, specialized vocabulary in ASL, the invisible work of interpreters, and ethnographic study of interpreting. Recent work by Christopher at the European parliament further demonstrates his understanding of cross-national issues.
Dr Clare Williams – Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
As Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Dr Williams’ research focuses on political science theory to evaluate the development of the service provision and developments in policy for children and families. Recently, Dr Williams’ research has also examined the impact of welfare reform and government policy changes on vulnerable groups. This has included evaluating domestic violence refuge provision for women with mental ill health and food bank use. Dr Williams always welcomes expression of interests linked to children and family policies, domestic violence policy and services, impacts of austerity and welfare reform policy and policy development theory.
Dr Kate Williams – Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Criminology
Dr Kate Williams is an experienced criminologist with a specialist research area of sex work. Most recently, Dr Williams has been involved in an EU funded study into women rough sleepers who suffer violence, and has recently completed an ESRC project entitled ‘Evaluating police behaviour — using video–clips to examine variations in the public’s evaluation of police conduct’. Dr Williams is also currently the Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology and the Secretary of the BSC Midlands Branch.