Having taught at the University of Wolverhampton (1992-2001) and Nottingham Trent University (2001-7), I joined Aston in 2007, first as Head of French and, from September 2012, Head of Languages and Translation Studies. I am Visiting Professor at the Political Science Institute (SciencesPo) in Rennes, and an associate member of the CRAPE (Centre de recherches sur l’action politique en Europe) research laboratory, where I spent two years as an EU Marie Curie research fellow from 2010-12.
My research focuses primarily on social movements, especially in France, with an emphasis on protest strategies, and developing ideas of activist traditions and collective memory. I am especially interested in the criminal trials of social movement activists. I am Editor in chief of Social Movement Studies, and from 2005-12 was joint convenor (with Adam Fagan) of the ECPR’s Green Politics Standing Group.
I am also very interested in the social and political dynamics surrounding sports mega-events, such as the Olympics and FIFA and UEFA football tournaments, and particularly their effects on civil societies.
I welcome research proposals, and am available to speak to the media, on these or related topics.
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