Christopher Waugh

Christopher Waugh

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"I was put on this earth to be kind to other people. What the other people are for I don't know."

Doctoral Researcher in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Research area: masculinity, misogyny and sexual violence prevention in the UK radical left. 


I completed my BA in English at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, in 2012. After spending a year working at an executive officer at the Students' Union, I completed my MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at Queens' College, University of Cambridge in 2014. Between 2014 and 2019, I worked in widening participation, development research consultancy, debt advice, mental health support, and for a major children's charity. I completed my PhD on masculinity, affect and anti sexism in the British left in 2023, superived by Dr Kevin Gillan and Dr Gemma Edwards at the University of Mancthester.

Alongside my PhD research, I teach Sociology and Criminology at UoM, I teach on the MSC course in Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, and lecture in Criminology at the University of Law. In 2023, I will be taking up a Lectureship in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

My general research interests are: 

  • Left-wing social movements in the UK
  • Affect and culture among Grassroots Activists
  • Masculinities and anti-sexist politics
  • Sex work and pornography
  • Safe spaces policies and resilience among students
  • Responses to domestic violence among LGBT Communities
  • Sex for rent arrangements and structural violence in housing policy

My extracurricular interests include creative writing, stand-up comedy, Warhammer 40k, and going to the gym. 




I teach, or have taught, on the following modules at the University of Manchester: 

BA Sociology

Global Social Challenges (SOCY10461)

Gender, Sexuality and Culture (SOCY20701)

Media, Culture and Society (SOCY10441)

Work, Organisation and Society (SOCY10912)

Work, Economy and Society (SOCY20031)

BA Criminology

Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action (CRIM20701)

BA Social Sciences

Engaging with Social Research (SOCS10111)



I teach, or have taught, on the following modules for the University of Law: 

BA Criminology

Media, Crime and Control (Module co-convenor)

Gender, Sexuality and Crime

Drugs in the Criminal Justice System




I teach on the following courses at Manchester Metropolitan University

MSC in Management (dissertation supervisor)



Research interests

Masculinites in social movements

Affect and emotional practises

Gender and sexual politics in the radical left

Sex work and pornography

Harassment and domestic violence

"Sex for rent" and housing policy

Safe spaces and no platform policies.

Supervision information

I have supervised masters and undergraduate dissertations in the following areas: 

Corporate Social Responsibility and 'social media activism'

Bisexuality and workplace discrimination

Online intimacies during Covid-19

Social media and affective identities among South Indian disasporas. 

I am interested in supervising further work on these topics, along with my general research areas. 

Methodological knowledge

Social movement interviews


Zine making

Online ethnography

Expert interviewing 


BA - English - Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge - 2.1

MPhil - Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies - Queens' College, University of Cambridge - Merit 

PhD - Sociology - University of Manctester - Pending

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 30 Sept 2013

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 30 Jul 2012

External positions

Tutor in Management , Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

2022 → …

Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, The University of Law Limited

2022 → …

Resettlement Officer, LGBT Foundation


Research Analyst, One South Development Consulting and Research


Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Social Movement Studies
  • Marxism
  • Anarchism
  • Activism
  • Violence prevention
  • Sex work
  • Safe Spaces Policies
  • No Platforming
  • Zemiology
  • Freedom of speech
  • Affect and emotions studies
  • Masculinities
  • Raymond Williams
  • Felix Guatarri
  • Gender inequalities
  • Sex for rent


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