Peter Thomas recently arrived at Sheffield Hallam University (January 2014) having previously been a Teaching Fellow in comparative politics and quantitative research methods at University of Birmingham, a visiting Lecturer in political economy at Goldsmiths and a Lecturer in Sociology at University of East London.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Humanities
Peter enjoys teaching across a broad spectrum of political and sociological areas, including political economy, comparative politics, welfare theory, social policy, research methods and work-based learning. He teaches across the sociology degree route and the politics degree route. Current teaching includes the following
Education, Schooling and Society
Politics of Everyday Life Experiences of Health, Illness and Disability
Health and Society Researching Society
Research Methods Advanced Research Methods
Dissertation Survey Methods 1
Survey Methods 2 Politics of the City (from 2014/15)
Comparing Social Issues and Policy in a Global Context (from 2014/15)
Peter's research interests are broadly concentrated in the area of European political economy, predominantly employing quantitative research methods. He has particular interests in examining wage and income inequality, post-industrialisation and British and European welfare states and labour markets.
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
Thomas, P., Jay, T., Willis, B., Taylor, R., Merchant, G., Moore, N., ... Stevens, A. (2019). Dialogic Teaching: Addendum Report. Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_addendum_report%C2%AD_final_for_publication.pdf
Thomas, P., Jay, T., Willis, B., Taylor, R., Merchant, G., Moore, N., ... Stevens, A. (2019). Dialogic Teaching: Addendum Report. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_addendum_report%C2%AD_final_for_publication.pdf
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.
Jay, T., Willis, B., Thomas, P., Taylor, R., Moore, N., Burnett, C., ... Stevens, A. (2017). Dialogic Teaching : Evaluation Report and Executive Summary. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_Evaluation_Report.pdf
Member of Political Studies Association
Member of Social Policy Association