Staff profile

Andrew Fergus Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Andrew Fergus Wilson


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Better Society, Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I'm a senior lecturer in Sociology with research interests in extreme forms of nationalism, marginalised beliefs, and conspiracy theory. My work largely focuses on the use of symbolic forms and tropes by extreme political groups in a digital setting. I am interested in how these groups use and reuse stigmatized knowledge and mythopoetic visual codes in the production of a collective identity with a particular emphasis on conspiracy theory, apocalyptic beliefs and notional understandings of religious and quasi-religious imagery.

I teach a range of approaches to sociology with my modules spanning quantitative methods to reflective walking tours of local urban environments. In all instances my aim is simple: to enrich students' understanding of local and global soceities and to appreciate the diverse approaches that they can take in understanding these as sociologists. In so doing I seek to empower students to become adaptive and skilled social scientists who are prepared to meet the challenges of our complex social worlds.

Teaching responsibilities

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Recent conferences

In the media

BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2, Derby Evening Telegraph, BBC Radio Derby, NewsTalk Radio (Ireland), Straits Times (Singapore)


Recent publications