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Prof Jo Moran-Ellis

Post:Professor Of Sociology (Sociology)
Other posts:Director of Teaching and Learning (School of Law, Politics and Sociology)

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UK:01273 877558
International:+44 1273 877558

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Jo Moran-Ellis joined the Department of Sociology at Sussex in 2014 as Head of Department having previously been at the University of Surrey. She was first appointed to a lectureship in sociology at Surrey in 1992 after working for 6 years as both a contract and freelance researcher on a variety of projects followed by 2 years as a Senior Researcher with Hampshire Social Services Department.  As a result of this range of roles, Jo has extensive research experience in a range of topics including violence against women social work service provision, organisational responses to child abuse referrals, with a particular focus on child sexual abuse, and issues of mental health in childhood. 

As her academic career unfolded, Jo's research developed along two main tracks: the (then newly emergent) sociology of childhood and, separately, questions of research methodology with an emphasis on mixed methods. Her current emphasis is on questions of theorising agency and social actorship in childhood, with a particular interest in early childhood.   

Jo's teaching has spanned delivering modules in research methods, sociology of childhood, a sociological perspective on children and violence, and more latterly, a sociology of humans and (other) animals. 


Selected publications

Zito, D.; Moran-Ellis, J. And Suenker, H. (2015) ‘Kindliche Kombattanten als sozial kompetente Akteure? in H-H. Krueger; H. Suenker and W. Thole (Eds) Forschung als HerausforderungOpladen/Berlin/Toronto: Barbara Budrich. Pp155-168

Moran-Ellis, J. (2014)  Agency und soziale Kompetenz in frueher Kindheit (Agency and Social Competence in Early Childhood) in R. Braches-Chyrek; C. Roehner; H. Suenker and M. Hopf (eds) Handbuch fur Fruehe Kindheit (Handbook of Early Childhood).  Opladen/Berlin/Toronto: Barbara Budrich, 171-184

Moran-Ellis, J. (2013) ‘Children as social actors, agency, and social competence: sociological reflections for early childhood’, neue praxis, 43(4), pp 303-318.

Moran-Ellis, J.; Bandt, A. and Suenker, H. (2014) Children’s Wellbeing and Politics in A. Ben-Arieh; I. Frones; F. Casa and J. Korbin (eds) Handbook of Child Well-Being Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-9063-8_147, p415-436

Moran-Ellis, J. and Suenker, H. (2013) ‘Adult Trust and Children’s Democratic Participation’ in H. Warming (Ed) Participation, Citizenship and Trust in Children’s Lives.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp32-51.

Moran-Ellis, J. (2013) ‘The Child in Society’ in R. Braches-Chyrek; D. Nelles; G. Oelerich and A. Schaarschuch (eds) Bildung, Gesellschaftstheorie und Soziale Arbeit. Opladen/Berlin/Toronto: Barbara Budrich, pp 291-301

Moran-Ellis, J. (2012) ‘Sexting, intimacy and criminal acts: translating teenage sextualities’ in P. Johnson and D. Dalton (eds) Policing Sex.Routledge,  pp115-131.

Walker, M; Whittle, R; Medd, W; Burningham, K; Moran-Ellis, J. And Tapsell, S. (2012) 'It came up to here': Learning from Children's Flood Narratives, Children’s Geographies 10(2):135-150

Moran-Ellis, J. (2010) ‘Reflections on the Sociology of Childhood in the UK’ Current Sociology 58(2):186-205






Jo is Professor of Sociology