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Dr Steven Donbavand

Programme Coordinator for BA Sociology and BA Sociology with Criminology

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Steven teaches a broad range of sociology courses, including social theory, analysing contemporary social issues and research methods. He has a particular interest in inclusion, alienation and inequality and has investigated this from economic (poverty analysis), social (loneliness and isolation) and political (political engagement) perspectives.

In addition to publishing in academic journals Steven has been commissioned to undertake applied sociological research for public and charitable bodies including UNSECO, the Welsh Government, The British Council, the Council of Europe, DEFRA, HEFCE, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Government of Ghana.

Steven has previously taught at the University of Roehampton and the University of Southampton.


Steven is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Course Convener for BA Sociology and BA Sociology with Criminology.

Key Publications


Steven’s current research is on how we create, agree, and contest meaning in social settings. He is studying games and sports as examples of social events in which have no intrinsic meaning, yet are able to successfully suspend their collective disbelief to create a meaningful experience.

Research Output


Liu, L., Donbavand, S., Hoskins, B., Janmaat, J. G. and Kavadias, D. (2021) Measuring and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Active Citizenship Education Programmes to Support Disadvantaged Youth. MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. 10.3390/socsci10100394

Other department members

Alison Hounsome
Programme Administrator
Benjamin Sharpe
Dr Benjamin T. Sharpe
Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology
Dr Lynn Marshall
Associate Lecturer in Psychology

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