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Professor Derek McGhee BA MA PhD

Head of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology

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Professor Derek McGhee is Head of Social Sciences within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

Derek McGhee joined the Division in January 2000. He studied for his first degree in the Department of Sociology at the University of Plymouth, and then completed an MA in Cultural Studies and a PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University. His teaching interests reflect his research interests and also encompass criminology. He is the author of four research monographs Homosexuality, Law & Resistance (Routledge 2001) and Intolerant Britain? Hate, Citizenship & Difference (Open University Press 2005); The End of Multiculturalism? Terrorism, Integration & Human Rights (Open University Press 2008); and Security, Citizenship & Human Rights - Shared Values in Uncertain Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).






Research interests

Derek McGhee's most recent research is funded through the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) in which he has examined (with Prof Sue Heath, Manchester University) the impact of migration on Polish families in the UK, the focus of this project has been on education, migration locations, access to social housing, managing family relationships at a distance and accelerated life course transitions amongst younger Polish migrants in the UK. McGhee will be developing these themes and adding Polish return migration to his CPCPII project which starts in Jan. 2014. His interest in return migration is also being developed through an ESRC Cross-Investment project (with Prof Bridget Anderson, COMPAS, Oxford University) which examines the role NGOs play in the Assisted Voluntary Return for Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants. As well as the empirical research on migration McGhee continues to examine a number of ‘public policy’ themes: such as muscular liberalism, contemporary secularism and post-secularism, community cohesion, integration, counter terrorism and human rights policies. His latest book is Security, Citizenship & Human Rights - Shared Values in Uncertain Times (Palgrave Macmillan)

Recent Research Grants:
Exploration of the work of the Traveller Education Service in West Sussex (with Dr Kalwant Bhopal and Martin Myer):
Funder: West Sussex Council.
Evaluating London Probation's gang and hate crime training (with Dr Rosie Meek).
Funder: London probation.
Exploration of the economic impact of new EU migration on Southampton (with Dr Pauline Leonard).
Funder: The Improvement and Development Agency.
Consultancy: I am the academic consultant on London Probation's Diversity and Prejudice toolkit.
Funder: London Probation.

Work in progress:
Derek's recent research interests include working on articles on moderate secularism, religious identities in the public sphere. He is also involved in writing up a number of papers linked to his ESRC, Centre for Population Change I project. He is PI on an ESRC Cross-Investment project examining the role of NGOs in the Assisted Voluntary Return of refused asylum seekers and irregular migrant with Prof Bridget Anderson (COMPAS, Oxford University). He will be starting (Jan. 2014) his ESRC Centre for Population Change II project focuses on the drivers, opportunity structures and restructuring of family life associated with: (1) Polish migration to England, Wales and Scotland and (2) return migration to Poland.

Research Project:

Migrant Voluntary Returns: Tried and rust? The role of NGOs in Asylum Sekers and Irregular Migrant Voluntary Returns


Research project(s)

Co-operative social capital? Mapping emergent connectivities across communities

Family and Household Formations amongst Polish Migrants to the UK since 2004

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Book Section(s)


Derek McGhee usually teaches in year 1, 2 and 3 on our undergraduate programmes. He convenes the following modules: SOCI2006: Crime and society and he convenes the single module SOCI3010: Crime, space and social control and its co-requisite (project module) SOCI3043.

Derek McGhee also teaches on PGT module and supervises 8 MPhil/PhD students.

Professor Derek McGhee
Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:58/2091

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