Staff profile

Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge



Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



Phil’s previous experience includes working for a leading shadow cabinet member.

Phil can talk about politics and political policy, political activism, current affairs, celebrity and the social implications of technology.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently lead the following modules:

I also contribute to the first year module Thinking Sociologically and the second year Capitalism, Culture, and Class.

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 retain an interest in the far left and the sociology of social movements more generally. I also have an interest in the sociology of power and politics, and am currently working on a couple of papers looking at the BBC's flagship politics programme, Question Time. Future projects include a study of so-called Corbynmania and the Labour Party, and at something of a remove, sociology and big data, and another piece on video games and gameplay mechanics.

If my interests can be summed up, they would be the sociology of politics and power, political economy and social theory, and digital media.

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

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

Recent publications

Blog Posts

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

Will desk-based jobs survive the next decade? Phil Burton-Cartledge, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby, discusses automation and robots in the workplace.