Dr Graeme Hayes

Reader in Political Sociology

Graeme HayesHaving 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 then as Head of Languages and Translation Studies, before joining the Sociology and Policy group in 2015.

My teaching and research focus is primarily on social movements, and on environmental sociology, and in particular the collective responses to climate change and to genetically-modified crops. I am especially interested in the criminal trials of social movement activists, and on civil society activism over abortion in the UK. I welcome research proposals, and am available to speak to the media, on these or related topics.

In 2015, I received the University's Aston Excellence Award of Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and in 2014 was awarded ‘Most Engaging Academic’ by Aston LSS students.

I am an Editor of Social Movement Studies, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Politics and a member of the Editorial Board for the Amsterdam University Press book series, Protest and Social Movements.
  • 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. 
  • LK3011 Contemporary Social Movements
  • LY3031 The Challenges of Climate Change


Journal Articles

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