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Dr Tom Vickers

PhD, MA, BA 

Lecturer in Social Sciences and Impact Ambassador

Contact details:
Room 227
Dept of Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Lipman Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 227 3693
External profiles
Twitter (@TomBVickers)


Tom Vickers is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages at Northumbria University, Impact Ambassador for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, and co-convenor of the BSA Activism in Sociology Forum

Prior to this he held research posts at the universities of Northumbria (2012-2013), with a particular focus on research impact, and Durham (2011-2012), where he was lead Research Associate on a large ESRC-funded project. He completed his doctoral studies at Durham University in 2010, funded by an ESRC 1+3 scholarship, and is a professionally qualified youth and community worker. 




PhD Sociology and Social Policy, Durham University

MA Social Research Methods (Social Work), Durham University

BA (Hons.) Community and Youth Work Studies, Durham University


Research and Consultancy

Research Interests

Tom has a keen commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive social interventions. A related set of themes run through Tom's research across different projects, concerning: the impact of international, national and local economic and political contexts on policies affecting migrants and ethnic minorities; the interaction between policy, professional practice, and community action; and the creative use of qualitative methods to bring into focus voices which are often marginalised or ignored in policy debates.


Selected Publications 


Vickers, T. (2012) Refugees, capitalism and the British state: implications for social workers, volunteers and activists. Farnham: Ashgate.

Journal Articles

Vickers, T. (2012) 'Developing an independent anti-racist model for asylum rights organizing in England'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2012.734391. [Available here]

Vickers, T., Craig, G. and Atkin, K. (2012)  'Addressing ethnicity in social care research'. Social Policy and Administration. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2012.00851.x. [Available here]

Banks, S. and Vickers, T. (2006) 'Empowering communities through active learning: challenges and contradictions'. Journal of Community Work and Development, 8, pp. 83-104.

Book Chapters

Vickers, T. (2013) 'Migration, political engagement and the state: refugee and migrant case studies from Tyneside in the UK', in Dominelli, L. and Moosa-Mitha, M. (eds.) Reconfiguring citizenship: social exclusion and diversity within inclusive citizenship practices. Aldershot: Ashgate.


Vickers, T., Craig, G. and Atkin, K. (2012) Research with black and minority ethnic people using social care services. London: NIHR School for Social Care Research. [Available here] 

Other articles

Vickers, T. (2013) 'The trauma of refugees is compounded by UK system' Lincolnshire Echo, 17 January 2013 (invited guest column)

Vickers, T. and Bates, D. (2012) 'Exiled from the Big Society'. Runnymede Bulletin, Issue 370, p.13. [Available here]

Vickers, T. and Dominelli, L. (2012) 'Humanitarian projects can benefit students and universities', University World News, 29 January. [Available here]



Tom teaches on the following modules:
PS0410 Contemporary Issues in Social Science
SO0603 Global Transformations (module leader)
SO0605 Life Stories
SO0619 Researching Society
SO0620 Culture, Power and Identity
SO0834 Activism, Power and Resistance
SO0841 Social Sciences Dissertation
SO0851 Workers and 'Chavs': The British Working Class