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Spotlight on Postgraduate Research

Unparalleled research quality at Kent

3rd in the UK THE Research Excellence Framework (REF21) rankings

The Complete University Guide 2022 ranked Kent:

  • 2nd for Sociology research quality
  • 3rd for Social Policy research quality 
  • 3rd for Social Work research quality 

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranked Kent:

  • 1st for Criminology research quality
  • 1st for Sociology research quality 
  • 1st for Social Work research quality
  • 2nd for Social Policy research quality

Spotlight on Supervisors

Below we feature just a small selection of potential supervisors. For a full search, please see our directory of academic staff.

If you are interested in studying for a PhD with us or applying for an ESRC SeNSS scholarship, please contact a potential supervisor with your ideas and a draft proposal (approximately 2,000 words). The proposal should include an introduction, theoretical framework with relevant references, research design and methods, sample, research questions, ethical considerations, and a timeline.

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Dr Beth Breeze

Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, Reader in Social Policy

Areas of Supervision: Philanthropy, Fundraising, Major Donors

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Dr Robert de Vries  

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology

Areas of supervision: social stratification and social comparisons, cultural consumption, health inequalities, and social attitudes and stereotypes (particularly as regards welfare benefit claimants)

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Dr Vince Miller

Reader in Sociology and Cultural Studies

Areas of supervision: Digital work on affect, contagion, imitation, memes, digital labour, ruins and abandonment, and social media more generally. Also urban work on gentrification, high street revitalisation, and community.

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Dr Sweta Rajan-Rankin

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Areas of supervision: Race, ethnicity, black identity, migration, belonging; Materiality / material sociology; Visual and sensory methods.

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Dr Marisa Silvestri

Reader in Criminology

Areas of supervision: Policing and Criminal Justice, Organisational Cultures and Leadership, Critical Diversities, Gender and Crime.

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Miri Song

Professor of Sociology

Areas of supervision: ethnic and racial identities, racisms, multiracial people.

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Dr Tara Young

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Areas of supervision: Political violence and terrorism; criminological theory; media and violence.

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