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Dr Stephen Crossley

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology003, 29 Old Elvet 
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


Stephen joined the department as Assistant Professor in June 2020, having previously worked at Northumbria University. He completed an ESRC funded PhD at Durham in 2017, examining the UK Government’s Troubled Families Programme. Prior to entering academia, he worked in a number of public sector and voluntary sector roles in the North East of England, working on issues such as community cohesion, tenant participation, health inequalities and child poverty.

He has published extensively on issues relating to ‘troubled families’, child poverty and social justice and his research interests revolve around policy responses to social disadvantage and inequality and the symbolic power of social policies.

Research groups

  • Communities and Social Justice


Authored book

  • Crossley, S. (2018). Troublemakers: The construction of 'troubled families' as a social problem. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Crossley, Stephen (2017). In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty. London: Pluto Press.

Chapter in book

  • Crossley, S. (2021). Misrecognising ‘complex’ families: a social harm perspective. In Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st Century: Exploring Diversity, Social Change and Inequalities. Quaid, S., Hugman, C. & Wilcock, A. Routledge.

Journal Article

Supervision students