I have taught at Sheffield Hallam University since November 2011. Prior to this I had four years teaching experience at the University of Salford, as well as ad hoc teaching roles at other institutions such as the University of Liverpool.
My research interests centre upon questions of social inequality, particularly in terms of social class, and the ways in which these are played out within cities. I have further interests in policing, work and employment, local politics and policy, and research methods (qualitative and quantitative).
Related to these themes I have carried out a series of research projects that feed into an overarching study of post-industrial change in the City of Salford. This has led to publications on transport inequalities and the existence of 'food deserts', policing and the Salford Riot of August 2011, gentrification and its impacts on belonging, and the impact of punitive welfare reform on working class people. Forthcoming publications will examine contemporary class identities in the city and continue the work on transport inequalities.
In addition to this main body of work, I have also undertaken published research into public order policing in Greater Manchester, changing alcohol cultures and the regulation of the night-time economy, voter behaviour studies, and precarious employment.
My areas of interest include:
- Social Class;
- Urban Studies;
- Poverty and Social Exclusion;
- Work and Employment;
- Welfare Reform;
- Social Movements;
- Quantitative and Qualitative Methods;
- Mixed Methods Research;
- Bourdieusian Sociology.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Arts
- Course Leader - MRes Social Science;
- Course Leader - White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership;
- PGCert Advanced Social Research.
- Deviance, Order and Protest - Level 4;
- Applied Research Methods - Level 5;
- Advanced research Methods - Level 6;
- Politics of the City - Level 6;
- Survey Method 1 - Level 7
- Survey Method 2 - Level 7.
- Communication and Computing Research Centre
- Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies, Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
Local Political Dynamics in Salford, 1950 to the present Day; From Post War Economic Boom to Post Industrial City.
Jeffery, B., Thomas, P., & Devine, D. (2019). Classificatory struggles in the midst of austerity: policing or politics? The Sociological Review. http://doi.org/10.1177/0038026119874585
Jeffery, R., Devine, D., & Thomas, P. (2018). "There's nothing”: unemployment, attitudes to work and punitive welfare reform in post-crash Salford. Sociological research online, 23 (4), 795-811. http://doi.org/10.1177/1360780418787521
Jeffery, B. (2018). 'I probably would never move, but ideally like I’d love to move this week': class and residential experience, beyond elective belonging. Sociology, 52 (2), 245-261. http://doi.org/10.1177/0038038516668124
Jeffery, B. (2017). Column: Decent housing for everyone in society should be entitlement of all. Sheffield Telegraph. https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/opinion/column-decent-housing-for-everyone-in-society-should-be-entitlement-of-all-1-8645981
Rodriguez-Amat, J., & Jeffery, R. (2017). Student protests. Three periods of university governance. tripleC. Communication, Capitalism and Critique, 15 (2), 526-542. http://doi.org/10.31269/triplec.v15i2.771
Jeffery, B., Tufail, W., & Jackson, W. (2015). Policing and the Reproduction of Local Social Order : a case study of Greater Manchester. Journal on European History of Law, 6 (1), 118-128. http://www.historyoflaw.eu/english/journal_on_european_history_of_law.html
Jeffery, B., & Tufail, W. (2015). 'The riots were where the police were': Deconstructing the Pendelton Riot. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 2 (2), 37-56. http://contentionjournal.org/
Jeffery, B., Ibrahim, J., & Waddington, D. (2015). Politics, consumption or nihilism: protest and disorder after the global crash. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 2 (2), 1-4. http://contentionjournal.org/vol-2-iss-2-april-2015/
Tonge, J., Mycock, A., & Jeffery, R. (2012). Does citizenship education make young people better-engaged citizens? Political Studies, 60 (3), 578-602. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2011.00931.x
Jeffery, B., & Jackson, W. (2012). The Pendleton Riot: A political sociology: Bob Jeffery and Will Jackson examine the background to the unrest in Salford. Criminal Justice Matters, 87 (1), 18-20. http://doi.org/10.1080/09627251.2012.671000
Tonge, J., Evans, J., Jeffery, R., & McAuley, J.W. (2010). New order: political change and the Protestant Orange tradition in Northern Ireland. The British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 13 (3), 400-419. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-856X.2010.00421.x
Jeffery, R., & Tufail, W. (2014). Police deviance. In Atkinson, R. (Ed.) Shades of deviance : a primer on crime, deviance and social harm. (pp. 147-150). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315848556
Etherington, D., Jeffery, R., Thomas, P., Brooks, J., Beel, D., & Jones, M. (2018). Forging an inclusive labour market - empowering workers and communities : an interim report on low pay and precarious work in Sheffield. Sheffield: Sheffield Trades Union Council.
Jeffery, B. (2018). Gentrification and the Return of Class. Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies: https://sheffieldinstituteforpolicystudies.com/2018/09/05/gentrification-and-the-return-of-class/
Craig Sanderson - Modified Cars; the perfect escape or complete illusion? A subcultural analysis on the Modified Car Culture in Britain.
Mitch Blood - Strong Message Here? Corbyn, Mass Media and Alternative Networks of Radical Communication.
Joe McMullan - A working - Class Backlash? An Exploration of how Class, Place, Culture and Identity shape Socio-Political Rupture.
My key interests encompass a wide range of issues related to Social Inequalities. I have contributed to the local, regional and national media on issues such as the Changing Nature of Social Class, Housing, Impacts of Poverty, the 2011 English Riots, Policing Reform and Transport Inequalities.