Dr Stephen Jackson

Office: 0.04 Astley Clarke Building, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Telephone: 0166 252 3982

Email: sj325@le.ac.uk



PhD Sociology, Lancaster University, 2016

MSc Sociology, University of Glasgow, 2007


Research Interests

My current research focuses primarily on the politics of climate change. I am especially interested in how speculative forecasts about the impacts of climate change are reframing the way people think and talk about issues such as poverty, global inequality and citizenship, migration and social conflict.

In connection with this, I have overlapping interests in:

  • The social construction and communication of environmental and technological risk
  • The political economy of natural disasters
  • Evolving academic debates about and media representations of ‘climate migrants’ and ‘climate refugees’
  • The securitization of climate change
  • Discourse analysis, especially involving critical rhetorical methods (e.g. Michael Billig)

Additionally, I have previously conducted research on emotional labour and emotion work within the service industry and I have an ongoing to interest in the topic, particularly with regard to emotional labour performed through digitized work – e.g. Uber, Deliveroo.



Between Glasgow and Lancaster, I have previously taught general sociological theory, criminology, social work, introductory media and cultural studies, as well as human geography.

At Leicester, I am currently the convenor for four undergraduate modules:

  • SY1018 – Thinking Sociologically About Crime (core)
  • SY2078 – Sociological Theory Explored (core)
  • SY2089 – Work, Employment and Society (option)
  • SY2094 – Gender and Society (option)

Previous modules:

  • SY2083 – Sociology of Fashion (option)

I occasionally lecture for the following taught post-graduate modules:

  • SY7006 – Philosophy of Social Science
  • SS7200 – Research Philosophy
  • MS7310 – Strategic Communication Management


Jackson, S. (2016) ‘Catastrophism is as much an obstacle to combating climate change as denial’. OpenDemocracy, 6 September [online]. Available from: https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/stephen-jackson/catastrophism-is-as-muchobstacle-to-addressing-climate-change-as-den

Jackson, S. (2015) ‘Seeing Violence in the Weather: The Apocalyptic Rhetoric of ClimateDriven Conflict’. In: Strong J and Bishop T (eds) Faces of the Apocalypse: Change and Adaptability at the End. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 101-126.

Jackson, S. (2013) ‘Weather of Mass Destruction: Forecasting the Future as Climate-Driven War’. In: Yeandle H and Simon-López A (eds) A Critical Approach to the Apocalypse. Oxford: InterDisciplinary Press, 71-85.

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