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Scholarly biography

Raphael Schlembach is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Science. He taught sociology and criminology at UCLan, Liverpool Hope and Sussex before coming to the University of Brighton in 2015.

Raphael has extensive experience in course leadership and design. He was course lead for the BA Sociology and led the development of an MA at Liverpool Hope University. He was course lead for the BA Sociology & Criminology at Brighton and has been an External Examiner for sociology degrees at Birmingham City University.


Research interests

My background is in European politics and political sociology. I lived in Belgium, Germany and France before studying at Kent (BA) and Manchester (MSc, PhD). My book on European social movements (Against Old Europe, 2014) examined critical theory approaches to globalisation, including work by Touraine, Habermas, Negri, Holloway and Postone.

I have published widely on protest, policing and criminalisation, including on no borders activism, on the climate camps, the German far right and the covert surveillance of social movements.  My work is published in leading academic journals such as Citizenship Studies, Critical Social Policy, Environmental Politics and the European Journal of Social Theory.

My main interest at the moment is the public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales. I have studied this inquiry since 2015 and published a book on the contest between disclosure and secrecy.

Another statutory inquiry that I have been interested in is the Brook House Inquiry into the mistreatment of immigration detainees. A first analysis from this study is published in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Supervisory Interests

Raphael is interested in receiving proposals for doctoral studies across politics, sociology and criminology. His areas of expertise include critical approaches to protest and social movements; criminal justice and social policy; migration and citizenship; policing and security; nationalism and the far right; critical and democratic theory; and public inquiries.

For current funding opportunities see:

External positions

External Examiner, Birmingham City University

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2024

Editorial Board, Sociological Research Online

201521 Oct 2021


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