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Nathan Kerrigan is a research assistant in Violence Interpersonal Aggression (VIA) as part of the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science within Coventry University. He has extensive research experience in rural communities and has published articles, book chapters and parliamentry evidence on issues affecting rural areas. He is also a reviewer for the journals, Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis and Journal for Rural Sociology. Nathan is currently writing a monograph on the parallel between Brexit and the way rural communities enact informal social control to protect their local identity from wider issues of social change, A threatened rural idyll: informal social control, exclusion and the resistance to change in the English countryside. He is also editing/co-editing two more books as part of a Palgrave book series on rural sociology, which further explore the relationship between Brexit and rural Britain; these include, The impact of Brexit on rural Britain: possibilities and perils (co-edited with Philomena de Lima from University of Highlands & Islands) and Brexit and Rurality: global problems, local issues.      

Research Interests

Nathan's research interests span a number of different areas within Rural Sociology (including globalisation and social change, race, ethnicity, racism and social exclusion) and Rural Criminology (including crime prevention, informal social control, hate crime and targeted violence and the spatialisation of crime, criminality and victimisation). Nathan is happy to supervise potential MRes and PhD students on the following topics: -

  • Post-Brexit rural racism 
  • The impact of Brexit on rural communities (including migration, farming/agricultuure)
  • Migration in remote and rural areas
  • Racism/exclusion in coastal and seaside towns  
  • Online hate within digital rural spaces
  • Hate crime and targeted violence towards marginalised groups (e.g., LGBT, the disabled, alternative subcultures) in rural or coastal towns.
  • How rural or coastal towns enact informal social control  to deal with the impact of globalisation and social change and their exclusionary consequences  
  • Crime prevention strategies (including Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, situational, target hardening) in rural areas
  • Representations of the rural and criminality
  • The spatialities of crime, criminality and victimhood in rural areas

Vision Statement

My aim is to further our understanding of rurality and the British countryside by using ethnography and ethnographic methods (although not exclusively) to examine the dominant issues (e.g., globalisation, social change and crime) affecting rural communities within the twenty-first century. I am particularly interested in exposing the myths of rural life being 'problem and crime-free'.  

Education / Academic qualification

Social & Community Studies, Doctorate, Coventry University


Criminology , Degree, Coventry University


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Research Output 2013 2018

Global problems, rural issues

Kerrigan, N. & de Lima, P. 2018 (In preparation) London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

The impact of Brexit on rural England: Possibilities and perils

Kerrigan, N. 2018 (In preparation) London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

Disability, age, the British countryside and social exclusion

Kerrigan, N. 2 May 2017 (Accepted/In press) Disability/Aging Nexus . Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C. & Rice, C. (eds.). University of British Columbia Press

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

rural community

England's Green and Pleasant Lands? Categorising migrants and protecting idylls through respectibilisation

Kerrigan, N. 15 Jun 2017 (Accepted/In press) The 27th European Society of Rural Sociology Congress conference proceedings.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

social position
discourse analysis

Activities 2013 2017

  • 9 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

European Society for Rural Sociology

Kerrigan, N. (Speaker)
24 Jul 201727 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Black History Month

Kerrigan, N. (Panel Member)
18 Nov 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

British Sociological Association Annual Conferennce

Kerrigan, N. (Speaker)
3 Apr 20177 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines

Kerrigan, N. (Speaker)
4 Sep 20168 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

100 Days Of Donald Trump: What Have We Learned?

Nathan Kerrigan


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Expert Comment