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Scholarly biography

Raphael Schlembach is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Science. He taught sociology and criminology at UCLan, Liverpool Hope and Sussex before coming to the University of Brighton in 2015.


Research interests

My background is in European politics and political sociology. I lived in Belgium, Germany and France before studying at Kent (BA) and Manchester (MSc, PhD). My book on European social movements (Against Old Europe, 2014) examined critical theory approaches to globalisation, including work by Touraine, Habermas, Negri, Holloway and Postone.

I have published widely on protest, policing and criminalisation, including on no borders activism, on the climate camps, the German far right and the covert surveillance of social movements.  My work is published in leading academic journals such as Citizenship Studies, Critical Social Policy, Environmental Politics and the European Journal of Social Theory.

My main interest at the moment is the public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales. This should lead to a new book on the contest between disclosure and secrecy in public inquiry, contracted with Policy Press.

Another statutory inquiry that I have been interested in is the Brook House Inquiry into the mistreatment of immigration detainees. A first analysis from this study is published in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Supervisory Interests

Raphael is interested in receiving proposals for doctoral studies in his areas of expertise, including critical approaches to:

  • protest and social movements
  • criminal justice and social policy
  • migration and citizenship
  • policing and security
  • nationalism and the far right
  • critical and democratic theory

For current funding opportunities see: http://www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/


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