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Sociology of Rights Study Group

A group of BSA members have formed a new BSA Study Group to bring together people interested in promoting the sociological study of rights.  The group will embrace a wide range of rights based perspectives including for example: theories of rights, indigenous peoples, women's rights, social movements, transnational organisations, security and surveillance, conflict and divided societies, migration and environmental rights.  However, this list is not exhaustive and as the membership of the group grows, we would expect it to reflect the fields of interest of its members, whilst ensuring that it continues to focus on the core theme of human rights.  


The aims of the group are:


  • To ensure a presence at BSA Conferences and events through establishing a sociology of rights stream;
  • To create an online community that can share information on developments in the field, job opportunities and forthcoming conferences;
  • To open up opportunities to promote the discipline of sociology and rights within universities that have a human rights focus;
  • To create links with other disciplines working in the field of human rights (for example law, politics and philosophy);
  • To communicate activities regularly to the BSA so that new people entering the field are aware of the group.

If you would like to join this Study Group, please email the Convenors with details of the institution that you are affiliated to and your area of interest.


Visit the Sociology of Rights Study Group Wiki-Website.

Forthcoming Events

Please watch this space for details.

Annual Report

The Sociology of Rights Study Group Annual Report is now available.

Contact the Convenor(s)

Michele Lamb

Roehampton University

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Damien Short

University of London

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Hannah Miller
Kingston University

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Alice Nah

University of York

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Michele Grigolo

Nottingham Trent University

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