Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences has the following research centres. Follow the links to find out more about each centre.

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FoSS) research centres run many events and activities that are often open to the general public as well as existing students and University staff. We also run conferences involving academics and researchers from around the world.

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Please visit the University's Calendar of events.

Wednesday 12 December 2018, 5.30pm to 7pm: Football and War Network present , ‌Speaker Phil Annets, Room MC001, Millennium City Building (MC), City Campus South, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY

Sat 1 December 2018, First World War Research Group - '1918: The End of War'

Monday 5 November, 2pm to 3pm and 3pm to 4pm - Corporate Governance and Ethics Research Cluster Seminar

6 to 8 September 2018: Conference - 1918 - 2018: An International Conference 'The End of the War & the Reshaping of a Century'

Saturday 5 May 2018, 10am to 5.30pm: Room MH002, Lecture Theatre, Mary Seacole (MH) Building: First World War Research Group Study Day 'Stories, Myths and Legends of the War'

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 5pm to 7pm, MC001, Millenium City Building, City Campus: Football and War Network Seminar - 'Dulwich Hamlet - A Community Football Club in Peace and War'

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 5.30pm to 7pm: University of Wolverhampton/Western Front Association Public Lecture: Ascending the Learning Curve. The 32nd Division's experience on the Western Front'.

Wednesday 14 March 2018, Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, WV10 9RT.  Interactive Governance Development workshops for platinum members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.  This event is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie project “Governance and value-creation in SMEs in a service dominant-logic (GoSMEs)” initiated in 2017 at the University of Wolverhampton Business School. Contact:

Friday 16 March 2018, 12noon to 1.30pm, MU407- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Research Cluster Presents: Corporate entrepreneurship in family firms - The role of non-family managers

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 1-2pm, Room MU306: Centre for Historical Research Seminar 'Cornelius Ryan, A Bridge Too Far and the Shaping of History Speaker': Professor John Buckley, University of Wolverhampton - all welcome

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, Room MA030, Wulfruna Building: Football and War Network Seminar 'How Football Fouled The Truce'  ‌Speaker Taff Gillingham

Wednesday 11 April 2018, 2pm to 3pm, MU515 - Corporate Governance and Ethics Research Cluster Seminar Presents: Boardroom Dynamics: What Factors contribute to Good Stewardship and How to Deal with Tension and Conflicts? Guest speaker: Professor Nada Kakabadse

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm in MU306 - Transnational Entrepreneurs and International Business Development: The Minority Dividend with guest speaker Professor Jay Mitra, Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation Essex Business School, University of Essex. Find out more about this event and book your place.

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 2pm to 3pm, MU211 - Corporate Governance and Ethics Research Cluster Seminar Presents: Does atypical leadership support diversity and equality? Guest speaker: Professor Mustafa Ozbilgin

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 1pm to 2pm, MH108, Mary Seacole Building, City Campus North (Molineux): Centre for Historical Research Seminar, Combat Motivation at Gallipoli: A Study in Military Sociology and Military History. Speaker Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton. All welcome.

Thursday 25 January 2018, 5pm to 7pm - Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture with speaker Henri Obsfelt, Holocaust Survivor - booking essential, please follow the link to the event page for more information.

Thursday 7 December 2017, 12.30pm to 2pm: Ethnicity, Community and local Football in the Midlands: A ‘black’ sociologist ‘doing’ critical black history - a talk by Dr Paul Ian Campbell.

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 5.30pm to 7pm: 1918 Revisited: Strategy, Politics, and the Road to the Armistice - Public lecture, the twelfth lecture of the University of Wolverhampton/Western Front Association First World War Centenary Lecture Series.

Thursday 30 November 2017, 4pm to 5.30pm: Guest seminar with Professor Jonas Gabrielsson from Halmstead University on 'Entrepreneurial Learning and the Professionalisation of the strategic board function in small growth-oriented firms'

Saturday 18 November 2017, from 10am to 5.30pm. The First World War Research Group invites you to attend a First World War Study Day - ‘The Battle of Cambria 1917’

26 October 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm: Crystal Lecture - Making a Positive Difference by Being Thoughtfully Ruthless - Speaker Val Wright

Weds 1 November 2017, 5pm to 6pm in lecture theatre MH002 - Inaugural Lecture: Professor Claire Hannibal - Who cares wins?  Examining sustainability in supply chain management

6 November 2017, from 5.30pm to 7pm, Football and War Network - Tim Godden Seminar Presentation and Exhibition on "Footballers of the Great War: A Cigarette Card Series - the start of something..."

Thursday 19 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7pm: Rivers of Blood in Wolverhampton? Enoch Powell, Racism and Resistance - Faculty of Social Sciences Black History Month Lecture.

Thursday 3 October 2017, 5pm to 6pm in lecture theatre MH002, Inaugural Lecture: Professor Sibel Yamak, Professor of Management- Layering and delayering governance: What do we see when we study corporate governance at multiple or single levels?

6-8 September 2017: Centre for Historical Research Events Conference - El Alamein and the Mediterranean Campaign 1942: Seventy-Five Years On

Thursday 1 June 2017, 5.30pm to 7pm: Football and War Network Inaugural Seminar - 'Invaluable for Morale & Training: Football, the British Army, and the First World War'

Thursday 1 June 2017: Examining the Far Right in the Midlands - one day conference

24 – 25 May 2017: Faculty of Social Sciences Researcher Skills Development Programme - Quantitative Research - Workshop 3

Thursday 11 May 2017, 5pm to 6pm: Inaugural Lecture - Professor Keith Gildart, 'Whatever Happened to Labour History? Work, Class and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain'

Saturday 6 May 2017, 10am to 5.30pm, MH002: First World War Research Group study day ‘Military Operations on the Western Front in 1917’

Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5.30pm to 6.30pm: Inaugural Lecture - Professor George Kassimeris 'Why Do Terrorists Give Up?'

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 4.00pm to 7.00pm: Wolverhampton Lecture by Professor Gary Sheffield: At the Mercy of Fate? - Shaping the Soldier’s Experience of War - lecture organised by University of Wolverhampton Doctoral College. Open to the public, free, pre-booking required

15 March 2017, 1pm to 2pm: Centre for Historical Research Seminar - 'Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law: Britain’s Withdrawal from South Yemen and its Consequences' - Dr Aaron Edwards, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst - Room  MH108/109 - all welcome

Thursday 9 March 2017, 6.30pm: France under Friendly Bombs, 1940 to 1945. Part of the Trenchard Lecture Series. Open to the Public, booking advisable.

Saturday 25 February 2017, 10am to 5.30pm: First World War Research Group study day 'New Plans and New Allies: 1917'

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 5.30pm to 7pm: Public lecture 'Rethinking Lawrence of Arabia and the Palestine Campaign, 1917-2017'. Speaker Dr Rob Johnson, Pembroke College, Oxford.

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 1pm to 2pm, MU407, Centre for Historial Research Seminar 'Blood Brothers in Arms - The First Nations of Canada in the Great War'

Wednesday 7 December 2016, 4.30pm refreshments, lecture starts 5.30pm: Professor Graham Brooks Public Inaugural Lecture, Criminology of corruption: Unexplored avenues of prevention?

Wednesday 30 November 2016 - Professor Peter Walton Public Inaugural Lecture 'The Future of Insolvency Law: From Ear Cropping to a Catalyst for Enterprise' - 5pm refreshments,  lecture starts 6pm. Venue The Forum for refreshments, then Lord Swraj Paul Building for lecture. To book a place please email

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 5.00 - 7.30pm in MH002  The Sir Richard Evans Talk - The Pursuit of Power draws on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe to create an extraordinarily rich and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic transformation. The book reignites the sense of wonder that permeated this remarkable era, as rulers and ruled navigated overwhelming cultural, political and technological changes.*The author will be signing copies of his book after the talk at the discounted price of £16 (RRP £35)

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 5.30-7pm: Western Front Association Open Public Lecture. Guest speaker Professor Elaine McFarland (Glasgow Caledonian University) on Lieutenant-General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston (1864 – 1940) at Gallipoli. The event is free. Room MC001. To book your place email Phylomena Badsey, Western Front Open Public Lectures Co-ordinator on

Thursday 15 September, CHORD Conference on 'Retailing and Distribution before 1600', in MH108/9 and MH110. You can come along to individual sessions if you can't make it to the whole day: papers range from 'Advertising and Identity in Roman fixed-point retail establishments in Pompeii' to 'Make it rain: cunning folk and the sale of magical services in England, 1350-1650'.

22 July, 5.30pm to 7.30pm: Public Inaugural Lecture by Professor Laura Ugolini - 'A dismal round of servile drudgery'? Male shopkeepers in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century England, Venue MA133 (Wulfruna Buildiing)

22 June 2016: MH002 Lecture Theatre at 5.30pm - The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reassessed - Professor Gary Sheffield Public Inaugural Lecture

13-15 July 2016: Children and War: Past and Present - Multidisciplinary Conference (University of Salzburg, Austria)

15 September 2016: CHORD Conference and call for papers: ''Retailing and Distribution before 1600'.

9 June 2016: MC001 at 6.30pm: Public Lecture, Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-1943,  Dr Matthew Powell (Independent Scholar) part of the Trenchard Lecture Series - Dr Powell will examine the development of air power in Britain during the early years of the Second World War.  Free but pre-booking is required.

9 June 2016: CHORD Workshop and Call for Papers: 'Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses', 9 June 2016, University of Wolverhampton

27 May 2016: MU504/505 - How does life course affect entrepreneurial behaviour and earnings? A guest seminar by Professor Julia Rouse (Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University). Free, however booking is required - email

24 May 2016: CHORD Workshop and Call for Papers: 'Retailing, Distribution and the Family: Historical Approaches', 24 May 2016, University of Wolverhampton

Monday 25 April: MC001 at 6pm: Guest lecture - 'Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion' by Professor Charles Townshend (University of Keele)

Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 2pm - 4pm , MU505: Management Research Centre Seminar - "Disentangling the relationship between HRM practices and individual job performance: The role of engagement and age diversity climate" by Dr Alessia Sammarra, Univeristy of L'Aguila, Italy

Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 5pm: Guest lecture - 'Online misogyny – a challenge for (legal) regulation?' by Olga Jurasz (Open University) and Dr Kim Barker (University of Wolverhampton), MU 514, Lord Swraj Paul Building (Business School) - open to the public, booking required.

Wednesday 9 March 2016, 1-2pm in MC226: Centre for Historical Research Seminar 'The British Army and the EOKA insurgency, 1955-59' Speaker: Professor David French (University College London). All welcome

10 March 2016, 6.30pm: Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies: ‘Planned Development or Haphazard Evolution? No. 617 Squadron, 1943-45 - (MC001) *please note that entry is free but must be booked through RAF Cosford's website here:

Wednesday 24 February 2016, 1-2pm in MC408: Centre for Historical Research Seminar: The American Way of War: Historical Debate and Current Events, Professor Brian Linn (Texas A&M University Fulbright Distinguished Chair, University of Birmingham) - All welcome

Wednesday 10 February 2016: Centre for Historical Research Seminar, 1-2pm MC408 Precarious lives: Stigmatising and de-valuing the working class - Dr Lisa McKenzie (London School of Economics), All welcome

6 January 2015, 5.30pm: Professor Kate Moss - Inaugural Professorial Lecture "Women Rough Sleepers: Homelessness and Domestic Abuse" (MC001). PUBLIC event

Weds 13 January 2016, 1-2pm, Centre for Historical Research Seminar: Prof Paul Dixon (Kingston) War and the Militarisation of British Society and Democracy (MC225)

9 December 2015, 1pm, Centre for Historical Research Seminar: 'God's footballer: Rev K.R.G. Hunt - Oxford Blue, FA Cup Winner, England International and Muscular Christian' by Professor Dilwyn Porter, De Montfort University (MC437).

25 November 2015, 5pm: Centre for Historical Research Student Seminar: 'The Shifting Significance of Historical Dress: The Museum Life of the Hodson Shop Collection, 1983-2015' - Jenny Evans (UoW) (MC419)

19 November 2015, 6pm: Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies: ‘Drone Wars: The Politics and Ethics of Remote Operations’ - Dr Peter Lee (MC001) *please note that entry is free but must be booked through

11 November 2015, 1pm: Centre for Historical Research Seminar: 'Never the Same Again'?: Reassessing the women's support movement during the Miners' Strike - Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (UCL) and Dr Natalie Thomlinson (UoW) (MC225)

8 November 2015, 1pm: Centre for Historical Research Seminar: 'An accidental reporter: a naval chaplain’s view of the Royal Navy 1933-1944, from church service and photographic records' - William Scarff (UoW) (MC416)

22 October 2015, 6pm: Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies: ‘The Trick Cyclists: Neuropsychiatry and the Management of Aerial Warfare, 1939-1945’ - Lynsey Shaw (Royal Aeronautical Society, London)

22 October 2015, 6pm: Crystal Lecture: Developing the next generation of management and leadership - Mike Clasper, CMI President (MC001)

15 October 2015, 1pm: Law Research Centre Journal Club: 'Financing Fiasco - Fortune or Folly' - Professor Peter Walton (MC353)

10 September 2015, 9am: CHORD Conference 'Retailing and Distribution History' (MC331)

25 June 2015, 6pm: Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies: ‘The Royal Air Force and Losing Air Superiority in the Far East, 1941-1942’ - Dr Peter Preston-Hough (MC001).  This event is free but seats are limited so pre-booking is required (please follow hyperlink).

16 June 2015: University of Wolverhampton Research Conference and Poster Competition

11 June 2015: CHORD Workshop 'The Creation, Collection and Care of Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses'

3 June 2015, 6.30pm: Professor Stephen Badsey – Inaugural Professorial Lecture “The Media and the Art of War since Napoleonic Times” (MC001).  PUBLIC event

28 May 2015, 2pm: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Cluster Seminar - Dr Jonathan Scott (University of Teeside) (Chaplaincy) – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

21 May 2015, 6pm: Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies: ‘Tedder, Intelligence and Operation CRUSADER ’ -  Sebastian Cox (Royal Aeronautical Society, London)

20 May 2015: PhD Annual Progress Review Day – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

20 May 2015, 5pm: Imperial War Museum Lecture: 'Responses to War, 2014 and the Centenary of the First World War' - Diane Lees (MC001)

13 May 2015, 12noon: Alessia Sammarra (University of L’Aquila, Italy) 'Age-related discrimination in the labour market and at work' (MNb04) – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

13 May 2015: CHORD Workshop 'Rural Retailing and Distribution in History'

6 May 2015, 1pm: The Improbable War: China, The United States and Logic of Great Power Conflict - Professor Christopher Coker (MA030)

22 April 2015, 1pm: Law Research Centre Journal Club '"Folly on Wheels" - an examination of the prosecution of vehicular offences in Crewe 1896-1939' Dr David Cox (MC408) – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

21 April 2015, 1pm: Professor Archie Brown "The Myth of A Strong Leader" (MA030)

16 April 2015,12noon: Dr Geraldine Brown "Murdering People and Protecting Caterpillars" (MD165)

25 March 2015, 1pm: Law Research Centre Journal Club - John Cotter: 'A delicate balancing act: independence and accountability at the Court of Justice of the European Union' (MC408) – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

19 March 2015, 6pm: Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies: ‘‘Official squeamishness’ and the Bomber Offensive of the Second World War.’ - Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray (MC001)

27 February 2015, 11am: PhD Seminar (MC225) – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

25 February 2015, 1pm: Centre for Historical Research Staff Research Seminar - Dr Stefan Manz (MC326)

18 February 2015, 1pm: Law Research Centre Journal Club – Kim Barker: ‘Mistaken hate – securing gaming regulation for the future?’ (MC408) – UoW Staff and Students ONLY

18 February 2015, 1pm: Centre for Historical Research Staff Research Seminar - Professor John Callaghan (MC326)

29 January 2015, 5pm: ‘A Life in Science - Gifted by the Kindertransport’ Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture (MC001)>

28 January 2015, 11am: Management Research Centre Research Conference (Chaplaincy)

27 January 2015, 10am: PhD Training Workshop

22 January 2015, 6.30pm: Andrew Hambler Book Launch – UoW Staff and Students and invited guests ONLY

7-9 January 2015: "Beyond camps and forced labour" (Imperial War Museum, London)>

8 November 2014, 10am: First World War Research Group ‘Soldiers and Sisters: British Medicine on the Western Front’ (MC401)

23 October 2014: Crystal Lecture ‘Building a World Class Business from Scratch.’ - Sir Peter Rigby

11 September 2014: CHORD Conference 'Retail Work: Historical Perspectives'