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, Gentrification: A working–class perspective ([n.pub.], 2014), 1-223

  • Paton K, Why Class Still Matters: Critiques and Practices (Routledge, [n.d.]) (In preparation)

Journal articles

  • Paton K, ‘Exploring Housing and Class in Hard Times: working-class place attachment and ‘elective fixity’, Housing, Theory and Society 2012
    DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2012.683296

  • Paton K, Mooney G, McKee K, ‘Class, Citizenship and Regeneration: Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games 2014’, Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 44.4 (2012), 1470-1489
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00966.x


  • Paton K, ‘Not the only power in town? Challenging binaries and bringing the working class into gentrification research’, in Mixed Communities, ed. by Bridge G, Butler T and Lees L (The Policy Press, 2012)
    DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.003.0016

  • Paton K, ‘Making working class neighbourhoods posh? Exploring the effects of state-sponsored gentrification’, in Classed Intersections, ed. by Taylor Y (Ashgate Publishing Company, 2010)


  • Paton K, Housing, Class and Regeneration: Exploring the ‘new’ inequalities, ([n.pub.], 2011)

  • Paton K, We are not removing’: The everyday experiences of gentrification in Partick, ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

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