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Professor John Roberts
Professor - Sociology and Communications

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I completed my PhD at Cardiff University in 2000 on urban space and free speech. I’ve studied and taught at various universities including Essex, Lancaster, Leeds, and Manchester universities. I joined Brunel in 2004.


  • PhD Sociology (Cardiff)
  • MA Sociology (Essex)
  • BA Sociology (Lancaster)
  • PG Cert Research (Cardiff)
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning (Brunel)

Newest selected publications

Roberts, JM. (2024) 'Outline of a Critical Sociology of Free Speech in Everyday Life: Beyond Liberal Approaches'. The Sociological Review, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 0038-0261 Open Access Link

Journal article

Roberts, JM. (Accepted) 'Critical Realism', in Theodoros, I. (ed.) The Elgar Concise Encyclopedia of Research Methods in the Social Sciences. Edward Elgar. , forthcoming.

Book chapter

Roberts, JM. (2023) 'Traffic logic, state strategies and free speech in an urban park: The Park Lane Road Improvement Scheme, London, 1955–1962'. Journal of Historical Geography, 81. pp. 179 - 189. ISSN: 0305-7488 Open Access Link

Journal article
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