Staff profile

Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge

Course Director, Law and Social Sciences and Lecturer in Sociology


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I joined the University of Derby as a lecturer in Sociology in 2013 after a period of working for a Member of Parliament.

Outside of academia, I am a politics blogger and occasional contributor to a number of media outlets. These have included BBC Radio 4, local radio, The Independent, and New Statesman among others. I also speak regularly to audiences of trade unionists, campaigners and activists. My research interests tend to tally with these preoccupations.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently lead the following modules:

I also contribute to the first year modules Thinking Sociologically, Making Modern Britain, What is Politics? and Patterns of Inequality and Capitalism, Culture, and Class (second year).

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests. I completed my PhD looking at the process of radicalisation and continued commitment of Trotskyist activists in 2009. I have an interest in the sociology of power and politics and have published articles about the politics of the far left as well as the sociology of Jeremy Corbyn's support. At the time of writing, forthcoming is a co-written book on big data and society, a piece on the demographics of guests on BBC Question Time and a book chapter on Corbynism at the constituency level. I am also starting to write a book on the crisis in the Conservative Party.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

'Is the Conservative Party Doomed?', Departmental Research Series, 7 November 2018, University of Derby

'Trotskyism and Corbynism', Contemporary Trotskyism Seminar, 28 June 2018, Queen Mary College

'How to Explain the Rise of Jeremy Corbyn', Departmental Research Series, 15 November 2017, University of Derby

Experience in industry

Having previously worked in a politics-related occupation and as an activist, I have experience and insight into the workings of a local and national government, running campaigns, organising set-piece events, formulating political strategy, and media management.

In the media

Recent publications

Houses of Parliament, London

Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge, Sociology Lecturer at the University of Derby, explores the rationale behind the surprise appointment of David Cameron in Rishi Sunak’s cabinet reshuffle. 

Finger on head

Phil Burton-Cartledge, Course Director of Law and Social Sciences, shares a short guide to voting in the General Election. It won't make your mind up for you but will hopefully help you come to an informed decision.

Red Cross with pencil

Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge, Lecturer in Sociology, discusses political tactics and his predictions ahead of the General Election on June 8.

Electrical circuit board

Phil Burton-Cartledge, Course Director of Law and Social Sciences and Lecturer in Sociology, looks at the future world of work, what this means for the labour market, and how individuals can prepare.