Dr. Rob Philburn

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building Room L517

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Current positions

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.

Areas of research

Spoken Interaction, The Self in Talk, Social Interaction in Public Places, Face and Facework


  • 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)