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Gareth is an urban sociologist. He joined the department in September 2012 having previously taught at University of Roehampton, London and University of Essex. Gareth studied Sociology at University of Salford, Goldsmiths College, University of London and University of Essex where he received his PhD in Sociology in 2006. His doctoral research on hostility directed towards asylum seekers in a seaside town was funded by the ESRC. Gareth has previously worked as a schoolteacher in Essex and London.
Gareth’s first monograph Race, Culture and the Right to the City: Centres, Peripheries, Margins was published in late 2011. This book was based on British Academy funded research carried out in La Courneuve, Paris and Long Island, New York. In addition to pursuing research interests at the intersection of migration and urbanization, Gareth is also fascinated by visual and literary representations of cities and urban life. He teaches a third year module related to this work called Cinema, Cities, Crime. Gareth’s second book, which combines all these interests, is Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema: Spectres of the City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Gareth is also co-author (with Rowland Atkinson) of Urban Criminology: The City, Disorder, Harm and Social Control (Routledge, 2019).
Gareth has recently finished work on a British Academy/ GCRF funded project (with David Garbin (Kent) and Simon Coleman (Toronto)) titled ‘Religious Urbanization in Africa’, which examines how urban infrastructures such as energy, roads, bridges, homes, schools, universities and hospitals are increasingly being provided by religious organisations, especially Pentecostal churches. This study is based in Lagos and Kinshasa.
Gareth is a member of CURB (Centre for Urban Research) and the Culture, Values, Practices research cluster. He co-convenes a research stream called Archiving the City in the Centre for Modern Studies.
To date Gareth’s research has been focused on the following:
Gareth’s current research projects are in the following areas:
Gareth is interested in supervising PhD students in any of the above, or related areas.