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Dr Carol Stephenson

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Social Sciences

ADSS Carolstephenson Staffprofile 255Carol joined the University of Northumbria in 2001 having previously worked at the University of Sunderland. Prior to teaching and researching in Higher Education she worked as a researcher in a wide range of settings; in the National Health Service, in Community Development settings in the West End of Newcastle and in the former mining community of Ashington in Northumberland; within the trade union movement for TUSIU (The Trade Union Studies Information Unit).

Born and brought up in the North East of England in the steel community of Consett, Co. Durham, Carol's research interests and questions are shaped by biographical experience and biographical research strategies have defined her approach to research.


  • Sociology PhD January 28 2002
  • Sociology BA January 28 2002
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • After The Storm: Inter-disciplinary Dialogic Discourses with a Post-Fishing Community, Stephenson, C., MacPherson, F. 30 Jun 2020, In: Frontiers in Sociology
  • The Best is Yet to come: A radical rejection of the predicted decline of the Sociology of Work in the UK, Stephenson, C., Stewart, P. 7 Mar 2020, In: Nouvelle Revue du Travail
  • It has to be a Miners' Wife, Stephenson, C., Spence, J. 1 Mar 2019, Shafted: The Media, the Miners Strike and the Aftermath (2nd edition), Exeter, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (North)
  • 'It has to be a miner's wife!' Representing women in mining activism, Stephenson, C. 1 Feb 2019, Shafted: the Miners the Media and The Aftermath, Second Edition, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (North)
  • Towards a Sociology of the Sociology of Work in the UK since 1945, Stephenson, C., Stewart, P., Wray, D. 24 Oct 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of the Sociology of Work in Europe, Palgrave
  • Get up and Tie your Fingers: Eyemouth 2016, Reflections on community performance of shared maritime heritage, Stephenson, C., MacPherson, F., Coulthard, S. 6 Jul 2017
  • Introduction, Stephenson, C. 1 Jul 2017, Justice Denied: Friends Foes and the Miners' Strike, London, Merlin Press
  • Introduction, Stephenson, C. 1 Jul 2017, Justice Denied: Friends Foes and the Miners' Strike, London, The Merlin Press
  • Justice Denied: Friends Foes and the Miners' Strike, Allsop, D., Stephenson, C., Wray, D. 1 Jul 2017
  • "Working Lives": The use of auto/biography in the development of a sociological imagination, Stephenson, C., Stirling, J., Wray, D. 2015, In: McGill Journal of Education

PGR Supervision

  • Dionne Smith Start: 01/10/2018
  • Catriona Hugman What's the Story? Sociological Explorations of the Life Course Narratives of Adults with Care Experience Start: 02/10/2012


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