Mr Chris 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 hold a BA in English Literature, and an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, from Cambridge University. Outside of academia, I have worked as a sex educator, a mental health support worker, and a safeguarding officer for a major children's charity. 

Alongside my PhD, I currently work as a Resettlement Officer for survivors of domestic abuse, and I teach on the MSC course in Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, and lecture in Criminology at the University of Law.


My general concern as an academic is the radical dissemination of knowledge. Far too often, we talk about Public Sociology, or what have you, but never seek to weaponise our knowledge to empower activists and radical opposing austerity, state apparatus, and the far right. This informs my interest in social movements, but also my more general research interests. 

My general research interests are: 

  • Left-wing social movements in the UK
  • Affect and culture among grassroots activists
  • Masculinities and anti-sexist politics
  • Sex workers rights
  • Safe spaces policies and resilience among students
  • Responses to domestic violence among LGBT Communities
  • The theoretical work of Raymond Williams and Felix Guattari
  • The poetry of T.S Eliot
  • The Grimdark genre and the politics of tabletop gaming

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



External positions

Tutor in Management , Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

2022 → …

Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, The University of Law Limited

2022 → …

Resettlement Officer, LGBT Foundation

2019 → …

Research Analyst, One South Development Consulting and Research

2017 → …

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology - Social Movement Studies, Marxism, Anarchism, Activism, Violence prevention, Nostalgia, Safe Spaces Policies, No Platforming, Heavy Metal Subculture, Freedom of speech, Affect and emotions studies, Masculinities, Raymond Williams, Felix Guatarri
  • PR English literature - Literary and political manifestos, T.S Eliot, William Blake, Walter Benjamin, Romantic Satanism

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Master of Philosophy, Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge (2013 - 2014)
  • 2012 - Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Cambridge (2009 - 2012)

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