Dr Graeme Hayes

Head of Languages & Translation Studies / Reader in French and Social Movement Studies


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.

  • BA in Modern European Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, 1989.
  • PhD, Political Opportunity Structures and Environmental Protest in the French Fifth Republic, Department of Government, University of Manchester, 2000; awarded the Walter Bagehot prize for best dissertation in Government and Public Administration by the Political Studies Association, 2001. 
  • LF2009 Conflict and Consensus in French Society
  • LF3203 Dissertation
  • LK3011 Contemporary Social Movements
  • LP3031 The Politics of Climate Change
  • LU1002 Introduction to Film Studies
I am currently co-supervising a PhD thesis on 'Muslim Women's Political Participation in Francophone Europe: A Study of France and Belgium', and welcome PhD applications in any area related to my research.
Room: MB770 
Phone: 0121 204 3805  
Email: g.a.hayes@aston.ac.uk 

Twitter: @graemehayes

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