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Dr Magali Peyrefitte
Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Deviance

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I completed a PhD in Sociology (ESRC 1+3) from the University of Nottingham in 2011. After having worked at Middlesex University as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Sociology, I joined Brunel University in August 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology/Deviance.

Using a range of multi-modal and multi-media methodologies, my research focuses on how identity and power relations are affected and transformed within everyday spaces, in cities as well as in the home. With a commitment for greater social justice, I have been looking at identity, home and belonging in cities at the intersection of different social categories and factors. I have been interested in intra-urban inequalities and questions that relate to the right to the city, notably in the case of migrants or BAME groups. In recent years, I have paid particular attention to gentrification in its different forms looking at Soho in London using a unique combination of sensory methods (See most recent piece in Discover Society: )

As part of a broadening research agenda focusing on questions of social justice, social inclusion and exclusion in relation to housing, I have also been looking at gentrification and regeneration in the suburbs of London. With a long-standing interest in the suburban question, my research aims to broaden public knowledge of the increasing social, economic and political importance of the suburbs in the UK. My more recent work notably looks at the current housing crisis in London in relation to new forms of mass suburbanisation through vertical densification identifying new landscapes of class and problematising order and disorder as well as social control in the city. 

I have a commitment to gender and feminist issues as well as innovative methods of research. I have worked on finding alternative and artful ways of disseminating my research in order to engage a wide range of audiences notably using photography to do so. For instance, I organised a portrait exhibition as part of a project on women in suburbia in France: ( and I created a slideshow of my photographic documentation of Soho:

Finally, as Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I am a committed pedagogue. My teaching is directly informed by my research interests while also being committed to teaching focused research. I have subsequently been working on a pedagogic scholarship published in international peer-reviewed journals and built around evaluations and reflections of my teaching.


PhD, Nottingham University, United Kingdom

MA in Photography, Middlesex University, United Kingdom

MA in Research Methods (ESRC 1+3), Nottingham University, United Kingdom

MA in Contemporary British Society, Nottingham University, United Kingdom

PGCE, Nottingham University, United Kingdom


Open Day Co-ordinator and PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Co-ordinator

Newest selected publications

Hager, T. and Peyrefitte, M. (2021) 'Resisting the managed and fragmented selves in academia: Collaborative autoethnographies about modulations of control and surveillance in the neoliberal classroom'. Women's Studies International Forum, 88. pp. 102502 - 102502. ISSN: 0277-5395

Journal article

Peyrefitte, M. (2021) 'Writing and exhibiting a ‘live’ and convivial sociology: Portraiture and women’s lived experiences of a French suburb'. Sociological Review, 69 (6). pp. 1195 - 1213. ISSN: 0038-0261 Open Access Link

Journal article

Peyrefitte, M. (2020) 'Suburban Verticalisation in London: Regeneration, Intra-urban Inequality, and Social Harm'. Criminological Encounters, 3 (1). pp. 1 - 19.Open Access Link

Journal article

Peyrefitte, M. (2019) 'Walking methodologies in a more-than-human world: Walking lab'. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 19 (2). pp. 1 - 2. ISSN: 1478-0887 Open Access Link

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