Kevin Gillan

Kevin Gillan


Personal profile


Kevin completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, where he investigated a range of social movement groups contesting globalisation and war. The thesis explored the ways in which activists beliefs and activities are shaped by historical and ideological contexts. Kevin subsequently worked as a Research Assistant at City University (London) on an ESRC funded project on Anti-War Activism.

Kevin moved to the University of Manchester as Lecturer in Sociology in 2007. Since then his publications have included a co-authored monograph, Anti-War Activism: New Media and Protest in the Information Age, with Jenny Pickerill and Frank Webster (2008, Palgrave) and three collaborative edited collections: Research Ethics and Social Movements (2015, Routledge), Occupy! A Global Movement (2015, Routledge), and Technology, Media and Social Movements (2019, Routledge). Recent writings include an original theoretical approach focusing on the way time, space and social movements within neoliberalism. Kevin is currently working on a monograph with the working title: How Capitalism Matters: Polity, Economy & Society (Red Globe Press). 



Kevin's teaching is currently centred on:

  • Work, Economy and Society (2nd year UG)
  • Global Social Challenges (1st year UG)
  • Pre-University Sociology (college students' access course)


Supervision information

Kevin has supervised PhDs on the following a wide range of topics connected to collective action and the production of alternative lifestyles, identities and ideologies. Completed projects include:

Kevin would be happy to hear from prospective PhD students with topics centred on social movements, protest and alternatives to capitalism.


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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Editor-in-Chief, Social Movement Studies

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • social movements
  • Protest
  • Neoliberalism
  • Globalisation
  • New Media

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Digital Futures


  • social movements
  • Protest
  • Neoliberalism
  • Globalisation
  • New Media


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