Centre for Social Justice and Global ResponsibilityWe seek to examine the sources, nature and impact of social injustice, inequality and exclusion, both nationally and throughout the world
In this time of global disruption, we provide a focal point for innovative and critical engagement with social, legal and political responses to the changing landscapes of the twenty-first century. Through the work of our research groups we examine key issues of social justice reform in diverse areas such as access to justice, crime, disability, human rights, migration and sustainability. Ultimately, we seek to challenge otherisation and work to ensure understanding and inclusiveness.
The Centre operates through seven interdisciplinary research groups covering Crime and Justice; Critical Autism/Disability Studies; Education and Social Justice; Law and Access to Justice; Race, Gender and Sexualities; Space, Place and Society; and Sustainability – Policy, Practice and Pedagogy.
Researching Society, Justice and Responsibility
Building on the work of LSBU’s Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, and drawing on established links to academics, civil society and governments, we seek to examine critically the sources, nature and impact of social injustice, inequality and exclusion nationally and throughout the world.
Our themes are embedded in the research of a diverse group of scholars who are experts in human rights, education, law, criminology, history, international relations, politics, sociology, housing, planning and geography. The diversity of our membership facilitates the production and dissemination of interdisciplinary research, which promotes cross-cultural understanding.
We are currently working on projects including:
- Forced migration in post-independence Eritrea (Professor Gaim Kibreab)
- Sexuality and human rights in postcolonial societies (Dr Shaminder Takhar)
- An exploration of the sensory school from the perspectives of autistic pupils (Professor Nicki Martin)
- Erasmus Project: Speaking up for Refugees (European Network of Champions for Refugees). Co-funded by the European Citizens Programme of the EU. Lead Collaborator: Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania) (Adrian Budd, Ros Wade, Shaminder Takhar, Joseph Oluwale (PhD student) & Gaim Kibreab)
The Centre membership comprises over 30 LSS academics including researchers from all four of our academic divisions: Education, Law, Social Sciences and Urban, Environmental and Leisure Studies (UELS).
- Dr Elaine Bauer
- Professor Janet Holland
- Professor Stina Lyons
- Dr Yvonne Robinson
- Professor Jeffrey Weeks
Postgraduate research students
- Hurso Alhaji Kaka Adam
- Neil Adams
- Aneesa Admani
- Jennifer Lucky Oghenovo Agemerien
- Nelly Alfandari
- Esther Bie Alobwede
- Majid Alsadi
- Lucy Catherine Arora
- Fabienne Danielle Benoist
- Walter Eduardo Castro Abarca
- Tracey Marlene Celestin
- Andrea Susan Colquhoun
- Miguel Dias Costa
- Claire Patricia Felix
- Janine Rosamond Sheila FitzGerald
- Sumanta Ghosh
- Russell James Goodwin
- Caroline Elizabeth Henthorne
- Homar Holness
- Nadia Imtiaz Riaz
- MD Zahidul Islam
- Olawale Abel Joseph
- Linda Kelly
- Judith Margaret Knowles
- Isabel Edwina Lamptey
- Aran Mark Lewis
- Imran Mohammad
- Michael James Mayhew
- Oonagh Mary Teresa Mcgirr
- Nikki Ngozichukwuka Morenikeji Modie-Nwaefulu
- Quadri Mobolaji Ogunfemi
- Alexis Preyre
- Andrew Christopher Levett Read
- Colston Howard Sanger
- Sandra Ellen Woods
- Fatema Tuz Zohora
We seek to engage with a range of academic institutions, public authorities, private institutions and third sector partners on a variety of projects relating to the range of interests of members of the Centre and the Groups.
Industry and third sector partners/partnerships
- Zoe Leadley-Meade: Youth Violence Commission
- Shaminder Takhar: The Fawcett Society Local Government Commission
- Caitríona Beaumont: Voluntary Action History Society, The Fawcett Society, The Royal Historical Society
- Ros Wade: Schumacher Institute
- Nicki Martin: Westminster Autism Commission, National Association of Disability Practitioners
- Craig Barker: London Centre for International Legal Practice; Squire Patton Boggs LLP; Global Investor Immigration Council
- HEC Global Learning Centre, Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).
- Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research,
- National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (Ireland), University of Akureyri Research Centre (Iceland),
- Technical University of Catalonia (Spain).
- Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths University
- School of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
- National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture and Planning, Polytechnico di Milano, Italy
- Sheffield Hallam University,
- Manchester Metropolitan University,
- Open University
- University of Cambridge
The Centre has hosted a number of prestigious events including:
- Criminalising Violent Pasts: Multiple Roots and Forgotten Pathways, 15-16 November 2018
- Youth Crime and (In)Justice 28 June 2018
- 100 Years of the Women’s Vote in Britain: How Far Have We Come 16 June 2018
- Kibreab, G The Eritrean National Service: Servitude for the Common Good and the Youth Exodus. James Currey, Woodbridge. ISBN 78-1-84701-160-2
- Knowles, G, (Ed.) Supporting Inclusive Practice and Ensuring Equality is Equal for All 3rd Edition Routledge
- Barker, JC Who cares? Dag Hammarskjold and the limits of responsibility in international law. In: Peace diplomacy, global justice and international agency: rethinking human security and ethics in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 508-535. ISBN 9781107037205
- Takhar, S (Ed) Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman. Emerald, Bingley.xiii-272 ISBN 978-1786350381
- Milburn, K Rethinking music geography through the mainstream: a geographical analysis of Frank Sinatra, music and travel. Social & Cultural Geography, 1-25. DOI 10.1080/14649365.2017.1375550
- Beaumont, C (2017) The Mothers' Union and the Women's Movement: a history of female activism 1876-2017. Families First.
- Eroukhmanoff, C ‘It’s not a Muslim ban!’ Indirect speech acts and the securitisation of Islam in the United States post-9/11. Global Discourse / Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 8. 5-25. DOI 10.1080/23269995.2018.1439873
- Jeffrey Weeks, ‘Sexual Justice in Global Context’, in Heinskou, M. B. and Wøldike, M. E. (eds), Byen og Blikkets Lyst: Festskift til Henning Bech, (2014).
Prof. Craig Barker is the Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences and a Professor of International Law. Appointed in 2015, Prof. Barker has taught extensively in the areas of domestic and international law, as well as international politics. He is a leading international expert on issues relating to diplomatic law.
Dr Rashid Aziz is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Course Director for the Criminology undergraduate programmes in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Law and Social Sciences.
Prof Caitríona Beaumont is Director of Research for the School of Law and Social Sciences and Professor of Social History in the Division of Social Sciences.
Dr Budd specialises in International Relations, with interests in international theory, imperialism, and globalisation. His last book analysed neo-Gramscian international relations theory.
Sophie is a Lecturer in Housing and Human Geography. Her research interests include: planning and the built environment, urban governance, legal geographies, and housing and property development.
Clara is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at LSBU. She has published in Critical Studies on Terrorism, Critical Studies on Security and contributed to chapters in edited volumes on counter-terrorism and the temporality of emotions.
Dr Jaya Gajparia is the Couse Director of the Masters programme in Education for Sustainability, an internationally recognised distance learning programme established in 1994. She also teaches on a variety of Undergraduate Sociology courses.
Dr Edward Isaacs is the Course Director for the BA Tourism and Hospitality Management Undergraduate Programme.
Dr James specialises in English Legal System, the first year student experience, student mobility, and EU law. Within the field of EU law her particular interests are EU citizenship, EU Higher Education law, Erasmus student mobility, and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
Gianna is an Associate Professor in Education Studies. She has over 12 years experience of teaching in primary schools in London and the Midlands. Gianna has written widely about inclusion, diversity and social justice.
John Koo is subject leader for European Union law. His research interests cover EU asylum law and the impact of Brexit on legal education. He is Course Director for the Law Conversion course (PG Diploma/CPE).
Nicola has a PhD focussing on inclusive practice with autistic university students. She has 35 years’ experience in education working with disabled pupils and students from nursery age to adults in FE and HE and an international research profile in the field.
Dr Chris Magill is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and the Course Director for the MSc in Criminology and Social Research Methods in the School of Law and Social Sciences and Course Director for the MSc in Criminology and Social Research Methods.
Saranzaya is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Course Director of an undergraduate programme in Events and Entertainment Management.
Dr Kevin Milburn is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. He specialises in Cultural Geography and teaches on the Tourism and Hospitality, Events and Entertainment, and Human Geography BA (Hons) programmes.
Dr Mylonaki specialises in International Criminalisation of Terrorism and criminological approaches to International Criminal Law. She holds a PhD (University of Bristol), an MPhil in Criminology (University of Cambridge) and an LLM in International Law.
Combining her training in architecture, conservation and cultural geography, Antonia adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the spatial expression of cultures on the landscape - primarily the interaction of heritage, tourism and migration. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including PhD supervision. Her main areas of teaching are destination planning and management, tourism development in less developed countries, urban design, and planning practice.
Phil is an Associate Professor in Human Geography within the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies. His research interests include moto-mobilities, the politics of sustainable design, and European spatial planning.
Andrew is Interim Head of Division for Education and Head of Undergraduate Education Programmes in the School of Law and Social Sciences. His research interests revolve around exploring models of ‘good practice’ in teaching and learning.
Dr Rossi is a Lecturer in Criminology and a Course Director for Criminology undergraduate programmes. She teaches Criminology, Sociology and Political Science, with particular interest in the criminalisation of political movements, political violence, terrorism, victims.
Dr Martha Shaw is Associate Professor in Education and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her area of research expertise is religion & worldviews in education and intercultural education. She leads the Education for Social Justice Research Group.
Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology specialising in race, gender, sexuality and social justice. She is the research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences.
Ros is a specialist in research and scholarship in the area of education for sustainability (EfS). She chairs the London Regional Centre of Expertise in EfS and is a Research Fellow of the Schumacher Institute.
Dr Helen Young joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in August 2016 from UCL Institute of Education. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education and teaches on the BA Education Studies and the EdD. She also has responsibility for partnerships with alternative educational settings and is Acting Course Director for the EdD.