Dr Rebecca Taylor

Dr Rebecca Taylor


My doctoral research focused on the sociological exploration of social stratification, mediated representations of social class identity, stigma, inequality and poverty, policy preferences, the British Welfare State, austerity and social policy changes following 2010, and changing attitudes toward social security recipients and income redistribution in Britain. I have since extended this research to concentrate on perceptions of welfare claimants and deservingness, extending the analysis to consider cultural representation further and over a decade. My research and teaching interests are varied and include: inequalities of education, class, gender and sexuality, media stereotypes, welfare stigma and crimes against women, including domestic abuse and cyber violence against women. I am committed to widening participation and to supporting learners from diverse backgrounds. Alongside having expertise and passion for conventional and blended learning, I also have a strong skill set and an appreciation of, alongside an interest in the possibilities of the digital transformation of teaching and learning and how this can further support and extend opportunities for students.


  • Teaching Fellow in Sociology, FHEA
  • Module Manager for Crime, Law and Regulation
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  • PhD
  • MA in Social Research
  • BA (hons) in Sociology

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • (In)justice International

Student education

I work across the School of Sociology and Social Policy contributing to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and learning. I have a background in Sociology and Research Methods and expertise in the study of Crime, not only am I passionate about these subjects, I am passionate about teaching and supporting learners to succeed, to develop their knowledge and inspiring them to undertake their own research. I teach on a range of modules, sharing my expertise of the study of social inequalities, including: Gender and Sexuality; Social Class Inequality; Media Portrayal and Stigma; Welfare Debates and the Media; Women and Crime; Crimes Against Women; and Cyber Violence (including Trolling and RIP Trolling).