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Prof Daniel Briggs


Department: Social Sciences

I am an experienced researcher, writer and inter-disciplinary academic who uses ethnographic methods (observation, interviewing) to study social problems. I have dedicated much of the last 20 years to spending time with and studying homeless drug users, terminally-ill patients, refugees, prostitutes, gypsies, gang members, young offenders and deviant young people, political activists and protestors and economic migrants.

One of my most recent books, Dead End Lives: Drugs and Violence in the City Shadows (2017, Policy Press), won the Division of International Criminology’s Outstanding Book Award 2018 (selected by the American Society of Criminology). Other recent monographs include Climate Changed: Refugee Border Stories and the Business of Misery (2020, Routledge) and Hotel Puta: A Hardcore Ethnography of a Luxury Brothel (2022, RJ4All Publications). I am also the lead co-author of Researching the Covid-19 Pandemic (2021, Bristol University Press) and Lockdown: Social Harm in the Covid-19 Era (2021, Palgrave), and am in the closing stages of finishing The New Futures of Exclusion (2023, Palgrave). I now begin work on In search of Slava Ukraїni, a project based on my experiences hosting Ukrainian families in Spain.

Daniel Briggs

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Critical Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic from the NHS Frontline, Lloyd, A., Briggs, D., Telford, L., Ellis, A. 22 Feb 2023, In: Sociological Research Online
  • Hotel Puta: A Hardcore Ethnography of a Luxury Brothel, Briggs, D. 1 Dec 2022
  • Lockdown: Social Harm in the Covid-19 Era, Briggs, D., Telford, L., Lloyd, A., Ellis, A., Kotzé, J. 11 Dec 2021

Chidinma Azubuike Youth Participation in Politics: A Comparison of NigerianYouths Resident in Rural and Urban Areas Start Date: 03/10/2023

Sociology PhD August 11 2011

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