The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Power, Inequalities and Citizenship

Power, Inequalities and Citizenship


We are interested in understanding how social inequalities emerge, change, shift their premises, are reproduced, perpetuated and entrenched within relations of power.

Research on power, inequalities and citizenship is a crucial component of our work at Newcastle. Informed and contributing to advances in contemporary social theory, our research is wide ranging, looking at both long term macro-sociological trends, and micro-level analyses of inequalities of social class, ethnicity, sexualities, and health, and their practical manifestations in education, employment, and other forms of social exclusion.

Our work critically engages with different conceptions of citizenship, democracy, and power, and their interrelation.

The continued relevance of power and inequalities for contemporary citizenship is mapped across a portfolio of research which explores how models and practices of citizenship, and the politics of recognition are deployed and mobilised by a variety of groups with, through or against government.

In pursuit of developing a better understanding of the highly complex and intersectional nature of social inequalities we also highlight the relevance of comparative perspectives, as different contexts reveal different configurations of inequality and power.

The co-ordinator for this cluster is Adel Pasztor



Professor Elaine Campbell
Professor of Criminology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5030

Dr Mark Casey
Lecturer in Sociology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7921

Professor Robert Hollands
Professor of Sociology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7501

Dr Pauline McCormack
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3261

Professor Janice McLaughlin
Professor of Sociology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7511


Dr Silvia Pasquetti
Lecturer in Sociology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5817

Professor Geoff Payne
Associate Researcher

Professor Peter Phillimore
Visiting Professor of Social Anthropology


Dr Adél Pásztor
Lecturer in Sociology

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8469

Professor Diane Richardson
Professor of Sociology & Social Policy

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7643

Dr Sarah Winkler-Reid
Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8697

Dr Simon Woods
Reader in Bioethics. PEALS Deputy-Director

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3254

Postgraduate Projects

Pardis Asadi Zeidabadi Conceptions of democracy in secular and religious feminism in contemporary Iran. An empirical exploration
Ursula Balderson Environmental injustice and social conflict: social movements against mining pollution and over-extraction of water sources in the Andes
James Cummings A Study of Emergent Non-Normative Sexual Identities in Hainan Province, China
Kathy Davies Understanding Women’s Holiday Relationships (UWHR)
Matthew Hanchard Anchoring securities and mobilities: towards a digital sociology of maps
Diana Kopbayeva Building the Kazakh nation: an exploration of the discourse of nation building in Kazakhstan
Hannah Lyons Assembling the nation: spatialising young, religious American's affective experiences of the nation, fear and danger in the everyday
William McGovern An exploration of social capital and self-help in non-traditional 12 steps setting
Lauren Powell NE1 Using This Space? A Study of Inchoate Open Spaces in an Urban Setting
Sunil Rodger Community-led Evidence Work: The Role of Technology in Knowledge and Campaigning
Clare Vaughan Violence and Fear in Homeless Careers: A Biographical Investigation of Young Women at Risk of Homelessness