Professor Tim Strangleman

Professor of Sociology,
Director, Work, Employment and Economic Life Research Cluster
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Professor Tim Strangleman


Professor Tim Strangleman started his working life as a signalman on the London Underground. In 1988, he left London Transport to go to Ruskin College in Oxford where he completed a Diploma in Social Studies. He studied for his BA (Hons) History and Sociology and PhD at Durham University. He also holds a PGCAP from the University of Nottingham.

Research interests

Currently, the major focus of Professor Strangleman's research is on the issue of deindustrialisation and the consequences of industrial loss. 2019 sees the publication of his book 'Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of the Park Royal Brewery', Oxford University Press. This is the culmination of over a decade and a half research and examines the experience of industrial change over the twentieth century. Tim is also completing a major project with his colleagues Michele Fazio and Christie Launius 'The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies'. He is also working on a book on deindustrialisation with James Rhodes, University of Manchester.

Over the years, Professor Strangleman has worked with a range of photographers, artists, film makers and other non-academics as part of his research. 


At undergraduate level, Professor Strangleman teaches sociology modules on the sociology of work, culture and sociological theory. In 2018, he developed a writing module for first year students called Write Right! He is currently developing a module entitled The Sociology of Englishness. 

At postgraduate level, he teaches modules on the world of work and qualitative methods. 


Professor Strangleman welcomes potential PhD students to work with him in the areas of work and employment; nostalgia; visual methods and approaches; oral history; industrial change; deindustrialisation; the history of British sociology; working class studies. 

He is currently supervising four PHD students: Sara Baigent (Work identity in the UK Fire Service), Emma Pleasant (Working Class Identity), Sophie Rowland (Industrial Illness in the Kent Coalfield) and Luke Shoveller (Regeneration of the Kent Coalfield).


Professor Strangleman has held awards from the ESRC, MRC, British Academy and ESF. 

Professor Strangleman edited 'Sociology Compass', Work and Organisation section. In 2009, he guest edited a special issue of 'Sociology', ‘Re-thinking sociologies of work: Past present and future’ with Susan Halford, University of Southampton. In 2013, he guest edited a special issue of 'International Labour and Working Class History'. He is currently the Chair of the editorial board the BSA journal 'Sociology'

Professor Strangleman was elected to the Executive Committee of the British Sociological Association (BSA) in 2001 and re-elected in 2003. He has been chair of the Publications Committee, which manages the Association's journals 'Work Employment & Society' and 'Sociology', on the editorial committee of the BSA's 'Network' newsletter and 'Work, Employment and Society', a judge for the BSA Philip Abrams Book Prize and a member of the editorial board of 'The Sociological Review'. He is a founding member and co-convenor of the BSA 'Work, Employment and Economic Life Study Group' (WEEL) and Past President of the Working Class Studies Association. 

Professor Strangleman held a fellowship at the Center for Working Class Studies, Youngstown State University in Ohio, USA in 2003. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Scottish Oral History Centre based in Strathclyde University Glasgow.

External examiner
Professor Strangleman has acted as an external examiner at undergraduate level at the University of Kent, University of Newcastle, Sheffield University, Manchester University and Aberdeen. At postgraduate level, he has acted as external at the Universities of York, Warwick, Salford, Anglia Ruskin, Newcastle, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Essex, Strathclyde and LSE.  

Conference and papers 
Professor Strangleman has given plenary presentations at conferences in Germany, USA, UK, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Over the past few years he has given papers at York, Glasgow, City University London, Warwick, University of East London, Exeter, Manchester, Essex, Bristol, Southampton, Newcastle, Brighton, Georgetown in Washington DC, Humboldt University Berlin, Ghent University Belgium, Cornell and Dublin. 

Professor Strangleman's work has featured on radio (UK, USA and Australia) in print media and on television, including: 

He also regularly blogs at Working-Class Perspectives

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