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Professor Jo Moran-Ellis appointed Head of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex

Professor Jo Moran-Ellis

Professor Jo Moran-Ellis, a leading sociologist of childhood, has been appointed as Head of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS) at the University of Sussex.

She was the unanimous choice of the panel, following a competitive recruitment process.

She had been Deputy Head of School in LPS since September 2019, and Director of Teaching and Learning since September 2018. Jo is also one of two co-directors of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY).

She will take up her new role in the summer.

Jo said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new Head of School for LPS and feel very fortunate to be in the position of steering the School forward as we enter the third decade of this century.

“Since my appointment as Head of Department of Sociology in 2014, I have continuously experienced just how exciting and innovative LPS is across all three of its departments.

“Within LPS we have many impressive examples of inter-disciplinary research, significant community engagement, and outstanding teaching as well as disciplinary excellence.

“A key focus for me will be to further strengthen the research undertaken across the School as well as support and extend the innovative approaches to teaching which our School is well known for. I am very much looking forward to working with staff and students to make this happen.”

Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Jo was interviewed against strong external applicants and came through as the outstanding candidate.

“She is a vocal champion for the School and is passionate about its outstanding research and teaching. Under her leadership, I very much expect this to continue.”

Professor Moran-Ellis is a leading expert in the sociology of childhood with particular interests in questions of agency and social actorship in early childhood. She also specialises in the new field of the sociology of humans and other animals – an area which examines critically the significance of animals in and for society - and has long-standing interest in sociological research methods.

Before joining Sussex, Jo worked for 20 years at the University of Surrey in the department of sociology, both as a lecturer and later as the Head of Department. In addition, she has held roles as a senior researcher in social services, and a Trustee of a charity dealing with domestic violence.

By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Monday, 3 February 2020