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School of Health and Society

Dr Rob Philburn

Lecturer in Sociology


I joined Salford in 1995 as a post-graduate student. Following the completion of my MSc and PhD, for which I received an ESRC scholarship, I became a member of the Sociology and Criminology Directorate. Alongside lecturing and programme/module development I have occupied several roles at both Directorate and School level, including Module Convenor, Admissions Tutor, Retention Officer, Programme leader, Undergraduate Co-ordinator, Academic Misconduct Offer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Assessment and Examinations Officer. My research has included work with local Youth Offending Teams, other regional universities, and external consultancy. I have co-authored two books and presented both nationally and internationally.


  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Identities and Interactions
  • Research Methods (Qualitative)
  • Work Placement
  • Dissertation
  • Extended Essay

Research Interests

My research interests include the following areas: social interaction in public places, the self in talk, conversational organisation, face and facework, social stigma, and road-crossing behaviour.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD in Sociology
  • MSc in Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Modern Studies (Sociology)
  • Cert Ed (FE)


Philburn, R (2016), 'The Case for the Conversational Construal', Language, Individual & Society, 10, p.25-36.

Quraishi, M & Philburn, R (2015), Researching Racism: A Guidebook for Academic and Professional Investigators, Sage, London & Thousand Oaks, UK & USA.

Philburn, R & Smith, G & Dennis, A (2013), Sociologies of Interaction, Polity, Cambridge, UK.

Philburn, R (2011) 'Aspects of English and German Sociable Selfhood', in: Witte, A & Harden, T (eds.), Intercultural Competence: Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations, Peter Lang, Oxford, UK (reprinted 2016).

Hazel, N & Philburn, R (2009) Evaluation of Salford Youthbuild, for: Action for Children and Salford City Council, Centre for Social Research, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

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