Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Research Students

Dr Kirsteen Paton


My research is situated under the broad category of urban sociology, taking in cities, class, crime and social policy. This is underpinned by a theoretical interest in the phenomenological and material relations of class within the context of urban restructuring which are explored through theories of neoliberalism, Western Marxist theory and new theoretical approaches in stratification: New Working Class Studies and Cultural Class Theorists.

My research draws from Gramsci’s concept of hegemony to understand the political project of neoliberalism and the reciprocal relationship between urban restructuring and the remaking of contemporary working-class culture. My recent research involves looking at the formation of modern patterns of consumption considered risky (drugs and gambling) in relation to class.

Research Interests


  • Contemporary phenomenological and material experiences of working-class life.
  • Material and cultural impacts of deindustrialisation: Othering of contemporary working-class culture
  • New formations of class (and disassociation) in relation to ethnicity, gender and generation.

 Urban restructuring, gentrification, cities  

  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Privatisation of neighbourhoods and housing
  • Night-time economy and urban spaces
  • Local governance; regeneration, community participation
  • Local resistance movements and activism


As Director of Level1 I am closely involved with the delivery of core modules including:

SLSP1145 Social Science Skills

SLSP1144 Current Issues in Society

Level 2:

SLSP2953 Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control

Level 3

SLSP3940 Class in Everyday Life

In addition, I provide guest lectures across the curriculum in my research areas.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students working on the following subjects.

  • Class
  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Social control order and the city
  • Housing policy and welfare
  • ‘Risky’ consumption practices

Key Publications


Paton, K. (2016) (under contract) Why Class Still Matters: Critiques and Practices. Routledge.

Paton, K.  (2014) Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective, Ashgate. ISBN- 978-1-4724-1850-0


Paton, K. (2015) (in print) ‘The hidden injuries and hidden rewards of urban restructuring: the working class experience of gentrification’ Special issue on Marshall Berman. UR. 

Paton, K. (2013) ‘Exploring housing and class in hard times: working-class place attachment and “elective fixity”’ Special Issue: Housing in Hard Times, Housing Theory and Society, 30, 1.

Paton, K. Mooney, G. and McKee, K. (2012) ‘Class, Citizenship and Regeneration: Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games 2014’, Antipode. 44, 4.

Paton, K. (2009) ‘Probing the symptomatic silences of middle-class settlement:  A case study of gentrification processes in Glasgow’ City 13, 4.

Book chapters

Paton, K. (2012)Not the only power in town? Challenging binaries and bringing the working class into gentrification research’ in Gary Bridge, Tim Butler and Loretta Lees, eds., Mixed Communities: Gentrification by Stealth? Bristol, Policy Press.

Paton, K. (2010) 'Making working class neighbourhoods posh? Exploring the effects of state-sponsored gentrification’ in Yvette Taylor ed. Classed Intersections Spaces selves and Knowledges. Surrey, Ashgate.

Paton, K. (2010) ‘Creating the Neo-liberal City and Citizen: Use of Gentrification as Urban Policy in Glasgow’ in Neil Davidson, Patricia McCafferty and David Miller, eds. Neo-Liberal Scotland: Re-thinking Scotland in a Global Context. Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press.

Online articles

Paton, K. (2014) A Sporting Chance? Open Democracy. 8th April 2014. https://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/kirsteen-paton/sporting-chance

Mooney, G. Paton, K. and McCall, V. (2014) ‘Behind the fence: the side of Glasgow games you’re not meant to see’ The Conversation 30th July 2014.  https://theconversation.com/behind-the-fence-the-side-of-glasgow-games-youre-not-meant-to-see-29927.


Paton, K. (2011) We are not removing’: The everyday experiences of gentrification in Partick. Report for Westgap and Oxfam UK, available at Westgap.co.uk.

Paton, K. (2011) ‘Housing, class and regeneration: exploring the “new” inequalities’ Whose Economy Seminar Paper, Oxfam UK, available at http://www.oxfamblogs.org/ukpovertypost/whose-economy-seminar-series-winter-2010-spring-2011

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