Dr Michael Dunning

Lecturer in Sociology

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Room: 2.06 Astley Clarke Building, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1613

Email: md404@leicester.ac.uk

Personal details

  • BA (Goldsmiths)
  • MA (Goldsmiths)
  • PhD (Brunel)

I joined the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester as a lecturer in Sociology in February 2018, although I’ve been teaching sociology at the university since October 2016.

I have a BA in Sociology (2000) and an MA in Journalism (2002) both from Goldsmiths College, University of London. I also have a PhD (sociology) from Brunel University (2014). My professional experience also includes more than 15 years working as a journalist and in media relations in the City of London and Whitehall respectively.

I am a member of the British Sociological Association, the Figurational Research Network, and the Association of Internet Researchers.



  • SY2091 Live Sociology (module convener: 2018-19)
  • SY3091 Education and Social Justice (module convener: 2018-19)
  • SY3042 Undergraduate Research Project (supervisor: 2018-19)


  • SY7018 Issues in Contemporary Society (module convener: 2018-19)
  • MS7012 Postgraduate Dissertation (supervisor: 2017-18)

Postgraduate research (PGR)

  • Supervision of PhD students

Research Interests

I have an expertise on the work of Norbert Elias and I use a figurational approach to explore a number of inter-related areas, most significantly the long-term processes and relationships associated with the following:

  • Terrorism and extremism
  • Community relations
  • Global integration and disintegration
  • The Dark Web



Dunning, M (2019) Britain and Terrorism: A Sociological Investigation. London: Palgrave (forthcoming)

Wouters, C and Dunning, M (eds) (2018) Civilisation and Informalisation: Connecting long-term social and psychic processes. London: Palgrave. (forthcoming)

Journal articles and book chapters

Dunning, M (2018) ‘Jihadism as a part-process of global integration and disintegration in’ Wouters, C and Dunning, M (eds) (2018) Civilisation and Informalisation: Connecting long-term social and psychic processes. London: Palgrave. (forthcoming).

Dunning, M (2017) The sociogenesis of ‘terrorism’ as part of British-Irish relations during the nineteenth century, Human Figurations.

Dunning, M (2016) ‘Established and Outsiders’: Brutalisation Processes and the Development of ‘Jihadist Terrorists’, special issue of Historical and Social Research. Vol. 41. 2016/3 pp31-53.

Dunning, M (2016). ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Civilisation’: the Case for a Relational Approach, Belvedere Meridonale, Vol.28. 2016/1 pp39-54.

Dunning, M (2014). ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Civilisation’: Jihadism as a ‘decivilising’ process. Introduction to the special issue. Norbert Elias and Process Sociology. ‘Erdélyi Társadalom’. XII (2) pp19-33.

Book reviews

The Sociology of Terrorism: People, Places and Processes, by Stephen Vertigans, Human Figurations, 2 (1) (February 2013).

Conference papers

Dunning, M (2016) Social Processes and the Development of ‘Jihadist Terrorists’ at RC33, 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology at the University of Leicester (11-16 September).

Dunning, M (2014) Brutalisation Processes and the Development of British ‘Jihadist Terrorists’ at From the Past to the Present and Towards Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias conference at the University of Leicester (20-22 June).

Dunning, M  (2010) Terrorism in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain as Part of Inter- and Intra-State Processes at Globalisation & Civilisation in International Relations: Towards New Models of Human Interdependence conference, Dublin (9-10 April).

Dunning, M (2009) Terrorism and Civilisation at the 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Yerevan, Armenia (11-14 June).

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