Board of Trustees

Professor Leslie J. Moran – Chair
Leslie is a Professor of Law. He has an international reputation for his multidisciplinary research on criminal justice and law and culture. He has been involved in a variety of justice focused stakeholder and research organisations holding various roles including chair and trustee.
Dr Michaela Benson
Michaela is Reader at Goldsmiths, University of London and managing editor of The Sociological Review, and acts as a liaison between SRPL and SRFL advising on issues relating to publications. As a trustee she additionally focuses on Early Career Researchers, keeping up to date on issues that directly affect them, and advising on how they can be supported through the trust’s activities.
Professor Gurminder Bhambra
Gurminder is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. She was previously Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and Guest Professor of Sociology and History at Concurrences Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden. She works in the areas of historical sociology and contemporary social theory and has spoken on her research around the world.
Professor Roger Burrows
Roger is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University. He is committed to interdisciplinary working across the arts, humanities and the social sciences but also has a keen interest in creative and social technologies. He has published extensively in the field of housing and urban studies, as well as on consumption; digital technologies; health, illness and the body; migration; the metricisation of higher education; social class and other inequalities; and work and employment.
Professor Abby Day
Abby is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture in the department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has an extensive background in academic publishing and funding and has been a trustee of the British Sociological Association and INFORM.
Professor Rosemary Deem
Rosemary is Vice-Principal for Teaching Innovation & Equality and Diversity and Dean of the Doctoral School at Royal Holloway University of London. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2006, she is a former Editor of the Sociological Review and Chair of UK Council for Graduate Education.
Professor David Evans
David is a Professor of Material Culture, Markets and Consumption at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the role of material and cultural practices in processes of economic organisation. He is committed to interdisciplinary ways of working on issues related to food, environmental sustainability, and consumption. As a trustee, David is particularly interested in supporting Early Career Researchers and internationalisation activities.
Professor Derek McGhee
Derek is Professor of Sociology, Dean of Research for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Director of the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion. Previous to starting at Keele in 2018, Prof McGhee was Professor of Sociology and Head of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015 and a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the disciplines of Social Policy and Sociology. His research interests focus on identity, citizenship and difference.
Professor Beverley Skeggs
Beverley is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. She has managed numerous research projects on issues on inequality and injustice, using innovative research methods. She has also managed sociology departments at Manchester and Goldsmiths. Having supervised numerous PhD students to completion, she has an interest in early career researchers and teaching more generally.
Professor Patricia Thompson
Pat Thomson is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham. She is Visiting Professor at Deakin University and Newcastle University, Australia, the University of Iceland and the University of the Free State, South Africa. She is an Editor of Educational Action Research, blogs about academic writing and research at and tweets as @thomsonpat.