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Research Profile

Prof Ralph Fevre 

Career Profile

Ralph Fevre has a B.A. in Sociology and Economics from the University of Durham and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. Ralph came to Cardiff in 1995 after holding teaching and research posts in the University of Wales since 1982. He has served a number of terms as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Postgraduate Research. Between 2003 and 2005, he served as Deputy Director of the School. He has been an external examiner at the University Leicester, University of Liverpool, Royal Holloway University of London and London School of Economics.  He is married with three daughters.

Memberships / External Activities

Ralph Fevre has served on the ESRC College and is a regular referee for ESRC research proposals. He has been a consultant to the ESRC and is Associate Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.

Ralph has had two spells, one as review editor, on the journal Work, Employment and Society. In 2002 he became Founding Editor of the Politics and Society in Wales Series published by the University of Wales Press. 

Ralph has written a Guardian feature article on Mothers’ Day  and a piece on ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’ in the  Royal Opera House programme notes.

Ralph regularly contributes articles on sociological theory to the magazine for A level students: Sociology Review.

Teaching Profile

His current teaching includes a first-year module on key ideas in social science; a second year module on inequality and the division of labour and a third year module on new frontiers in sociological theory.

Since coming to Cardiff, Ralph has supervised twelve PhD students through to successful completion of their doctorates. The great majority of these former students now hold prestigious posts in UK and international universities. Current students include Joanne Blake, Claire Crawford, Manasi Dutt, Eleanor Johnson and Hannah O’Mahoney.

Applications from prospective PhD students in any of the following areas are encouraged: systems of knowledge and belief in popular culture, particularly those with moral significance; critiques of markets and economic rationality; the sociology of economic behaviour and particularly the sociology of labour markets; the sociology of work and particularly ill-treatment in the workplace; civil society, social movements and new social priorities.