Roger Burrows

Roger Burrows

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Roger Burrows is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University in the UK and Visiting Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Adelaide.

He studied for a BSc (Hons) in Economics, Sociology and Statistics followed by an MSc in Social Research Methods, both at the University of Surrey and managed to secure his first lecturing post after this. He has been working in UK higher education since 1984, including periods at: Kingston Polytechnic; North East London Polytechnic; the University of Surrey; the University of Teesside; the University of York (where he worked for 17 years, including spells as both Co-Director of the Centre for Housing Policy and as the Head of the Department of Sociology); Goldsmiths, University of London (where he was Pro-Warden (PVC) for Interdisciplinary Development and the Head of the School of Culture & Society); and now at Newcastle, where he has an interdisciplinary research and teaching role, bringing together work on urban studies from across campus.

Although primarily a sociologist, he is also committed to interdisciplinary working across the arts, humanities and the social sciences more broadly and also has a keen interest in creative and social technologies. About one-half of his published outputs have been in the field of housing and urban studies with the rest being variously concerned with: digital cultures; health and social inequalities; the social life of methods; the sociology of higher education and various other topics. He is the author or co-author of some 160 articles, chapters, books and reports.

Between 2002-2005 he was the co-editor of Housing Studies. Between 2005-2007 he led the UK ESRC E-Society Programme. He is currently on the editorial boards of both Body & Society and Theory, Culture & Society. He was an output assessor for the Social Policy and Social Work Unit of Assessment in the 2014 UK REF and is playing an interdisciplinary role in REF 2021. He has supervised 17 PhD students to successful completion and is keen to supervise more.

The topics investigated have been varied but include:

  • the impact of unsustainable homeownership on children, families and health;
  • residential mobility in the social rented sector;
  • the geodemographics industry and the social implications of geo-locative technologies more generally;
  • the use of digital technologies by people with chronic illnesses; 
  • the impact of the 'super-rich' on neighbourhoods in London;
  • the use of metrics in higher education;
  • neoreactionary urban imaginaries;
  • the social geography of residential basement development in London; and
  • the social life of methods.
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Smith, H., & Burrows, R. (2021). Software, Sovereignty and the post-Neoliberal Politics of Exit. Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science.
    2019 Burrows, R., & Knowles, C. (2019). The “HAVES” and the “HAVE YACHTS”. Cultural Politics, 15(1), 72-87.
    2019 Baldwin, S., Holroyd, E., & Burrows, R. (2019). Luxified Troglodytism? Mapping the subterranean geographies of plutocratic London. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 23(3), 267-282.
    2017 Burrows, R., Webber, R., & Atkinson, R. (2017). Welcome to ‘pikettyville’? Mapping London’s alpha territories. Sociological Review, 65(2), 184-201.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS23
    2017 Atkinson, R., Parker, S., & Burrows, R. (2017). Elite Formation, Power and Space in Contemporary London. Theory, Culture and Society, 34(5-6), 179-200.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS25
    2016 Glucksberg, L., & Burrows, R. (2016). Family Offices and the contemporary infrastructures of dynastic wealth. Sociologica, 10(2).
    DOI Scopus12
    2016 Webber, R., & Burrows, R. (2016). Life in an Alpha Territory: Discontinuity and conflict in an elite London ‘village’. Urban Studies, 53(15), 3139-3154.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS25
    2014 Knowles, C., & Burrows, R. (2014). The impact of impact. Etnografica, 18(2), 237-254.
    DOI Scopus19
    2014 Castro, M., Burrows, R., & Wooffitt, R. (2014). The paranormal is (Still) normal: The sociological implications of a survey of paranormal experiences in great Britain. Sociological Research Online, 19(3), 15 pages.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS14
    2014 McLeod, D., & Burrows, R. (2014). Home and away: Family matters in the lives of young transnational couples. Journal of Sociology, 50(3), 368-382.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS3
    2014 Burrows, R., & Savage, M. (2014). After the crisis? Big Data and the methodological challenges of empirical sociology. Big Data and Society, 1(1), 205395171454028.
    DOI Scopus126
    2013 Beer, D., & Burrows, R. (2013). Popular Culture, Digital Archives and the New Social Life of Data. Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4), 47-71.
    DOI Scopus123 WoS106
    2012 Burrows, R. (2012). Living with the h-index? Metric assemblages in the contemporary academy. Sociological Review, 60(2), 355-372.
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    2012 Holmes, M., & Burrows, R. (2012). Ping-pong poms: Emotional reflexivity in contemporary return migration from Australia to the United Kingdom. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 47(1), 105-123.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS14
    2011 Kelly, A., & Burrows, R. (2011). Measuring the value of sociology? Some notes on performative metricization in the contemporary academy. Sociological Review, 59(SUPPL. 2), 130-150.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS11
    2011 Penfold-Mounce, R., Beer, D., & Burrows, R. (2011). The Wire as social science-fiction?. Sociology, 45(1), 152-167.
    DOI Scopus50 WoS40
    2010 Savage, M., Allen, C., Atkinson, R., Burrows, R., Mendez, M. L., & Watt, P. (2010). The politics of elective belonging. Housing, Theory and Society, 27(2), 115-161.
    DOI Scopus111
    2010 Nettleton, S., Woods, B., Burrows, R., & Kerr, A. (2010). Experiencing food allergy and food intolerance: An analysis of lay accounts. Sociology, 44(2), 289-305.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS25
    2010 Beer, D., & Burrows, R. (2010). Consumption, prosumption and participatory Web cultures: An introduction. Journal of Consumer Culture, 10(1), 3-12.
    DOI Scopus105 WoS87
    2009 Uprichard, E., Burrows, R., & Parker, S. (2009). Geodemographic code and the production of space. Environment and Planning A, 41(12), 2823-2835.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS16
    2009 Nettleton, S., Woods, B., Burrows, R., & Kerr, A. (2009). Food allergy and food intolerance: Towards a sociological agenda. Health, 13(6), 647-664.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS25 Europe PMC14
    2009 Savage, M., & Burrows, R. (2009). Some further reflections on the Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology. Sociology, 43(4), 762-772.
    DOI Scopus110 WoS98
    2009 Kerr, A., Woods, B., Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (2009). Testing for Food Intolerance: New Markets in the Age of Biocapital. BioSocieties, 4(1), 3-24.
    DOI Scopus4
    2008 Savage, M., & Burrows, R. (2008). Wither the survey?. International Journal of Market Research, 50(3), 305-307.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2008 Uprichard, E., Burrows, R., & Byrne, D. (2008). SPSS as an 'inscription device': From causality to description?. Sociological Review, 56(4), 606-622.
    DOI Scopus34 WoS38
    2008 Nettleton, S., Burrows, R., & Watt, I. (2008). Regulating medical bodies? the consequences of the 'modernisation' of the NHS and the disembodiment of clinical knowledge. Sociology of Health and Illness, 30(3), 333-348.
    DOI Scopus72 WoS55 Europe PMC35
    2008 Nettleton, S., Burrows, R., & Watt, I. (2008). How do You Feel Doctor? An Analysis of Emotional Aspects of Routine Professional Medical Work. Social Theory and Health, 6(1), 18-36.
    DOI Scopus23
    2008 Watt, I., Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (2008). The views of doctors on their working lives: A qualitative study. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 101(12), 592-597.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS8 Europe PMC8
    2007 Ellison, N., Burrows, R., & Parker, S. (2007). Information Communication: Editorial comment. Information Communication and Society, 10(6), 785-788.
    DOI Scopus8
    2007 Parker, S., Uprichard, E., & Burrows, R. (2007). Class places and place classes geodemographics and the spatialization of class. Information Communication and Society, 10(6), 902-921.
    DOI Scopus49
    2007 Ellison, N., & Burrows, R. (2007). New spaces of (Dis)engagement? Social politics, urban technologies and the rezoning of the city. Housing Studies, 22(3), 295-312.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS16
    2007 Savage, M., & Burrows, R. (2007). The coming crisis of empirical sociology. Sociology, 41(5), 885-899.
    DOI Scopus575 WoS489
    2007 Beer, D., & Burrows, R. (2007). Sociology and, of and in web 2.0: Some initial considerations. Sociological Research Online, 12(5), 22 pages.
    DOI Scopus242 WoS189
    2006 Burrows, R., & Gane, N. (2006). Geodemographics, software and class. Sociology, 40(5), 793-812.
    DOI Scopus143 WoS103
    2005 Burrows, R. (2005). Sociological amnesia in an age of informational capitalism?. Information Communication and Society, 8(4), 464-470.
    DOI Scopus7
    2005 Nettleton, S., Burrows, R., & O'Malley, L. (2005). The mundane realities of the everyday lay use of the internet for health, and their consequences for media convergence. Sociology of Health and Illness, 27(7), 972-992.
    DOI Scopus147 WoS134 Europe PMC62
    2004 Rugg, J., Ford, J., & Burrows, R. (2004). Housing advantage? The role of student renting in the constitution of housing biographies in the United Kingdom. Journal of Youth Studies, 7(1), 19-34.
    DOI Scopus40
    2004 Nettleton, S., Burrows, R., Malley, L. O., & Watt, I. (2004). Health E-types?. Information, Communication & Society, 7(4), 531-553.
    2004 Burrows, R., & Ellison, N. (2004). Sorting Places Out? Towards a social politics of neighbourhood informatization. Information, Communication & Society, 7(3), 321-336.
    2003 Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (2003). E-scaped medicine? Information, reflexivity and health. Critical Social Policy, 23(2), 165-185.
    DOI Scopus82 WoS66
    2003 Burrows, R. (2003). How the other half lives: An exploratory analysis of the relationship between poverty and home-ownership in Britain. Urban Studies, 40(7), 1223-1242.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS16
    2002 Ford, J., Rugg, J., & Burrows, R. (2002). Conceptualising the contemporary role of housing in the transition to adult life in England. Urban Studies, 39(13), 2455-2467.
    DOI Scopus74 WoS62
    2002 Loader, B. D., Muncer, S., Burrows, R., Pleace, N., & Nettleton, S. (2002). Medicine on the line? Computer-mediated social support and advice for people with diabetes. International Journal of Social Welfare, 11(1), 53-65.
    DOI Scopus67 WoS56
    2002 Craigie, M., Loader, B., Burrows, R., & Muncer, S. (2002). Reliability of health information on the Internet: An examination of experts' ratings. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 4(1), 17-27.
    DOI Scopus62 WoS47 Europe PMC34
    2001 How Much does Place Matter? (2001). Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 33(8), 1335-1369.
    2000 Burrows, R., Nettleton, S., Pleace, N., Loader, B., & Muncer, S. (2000). VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CARE? SOCIAL POLICY AND THE EMERGENCE OF COMPUTER MEDIATED SOCIAL SUPPORT. Information, Communication & Society, 3(1), 95-121.
    2000 Pleace, N., Burrows, R., Loader, B., Muncer, S., & Nettleton, S. (2000). 'On-line with the friends of bill W: Social support and the net.'. Sociological Research Online, 5(2), 15 pages.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS7
    2000 Muncer, S., Loader, B., Burrows, R., Pleace, N., & Nettleton, S. (2000). Form and structure of newsgroups giving social support: A network approach. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 3(6), 1017-1029.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS20
    2000 Muncer, S., Burrows, R., Pleace, N., Loader, B., & Nettleton, S. (2000). Births, deaths, sex and marriage . . . but very few presents? A case study of social support in cyberspace. Critical Public Health, 10(1), 1-18.
    DOI Scopus28
    2000 Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (2000). When a capital investment becomes an emotional loss: The health consequences of the experience of mortgage possession in England. Housing Studies, 15(3), 463-478.
    DOI Scopus82 WoS71
    1999 Burrows, R. (1999). Residential mobility and residualisation in social housing in England. Journal of Social Policy, 28(1), 27-52.
    DOI Scopus74 WoS64
    1999 Ford, J., & Burrows, R. (1999). The costs of unsustainable home ownership in Britain. Journal of Social Policy, 28(2), 305-330.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS18
    1998 Burrows, R. (1998). Mortgage indebtedness in England: An 'epidemiology'. Housing Studies, 13(1), 5-21.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS24
    1998 Burrows, R., & Ford, J. (1998). Self-employment and home ownership after the enterprise culture. Work, Employment and Society, 12(1), 97-119.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS8
    1998 Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (1998). Mortgage debt, insecure home ownership and health: An exploratory analysis. Sociology of Health and Illness, 20(5), 731-753.
    DOI Scopus159 WoS123
    1997 Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (1997). If health promotion is everybody's business what is the fate of the health promotion specialist?. Sociology of Health and Illness, 19(1), 23-47.
    DOI Scopus12
    1997 Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (1997). Knit your own without a pattern: Health promotion specialists in an internal market. Social Policy and Administration, 31(2), 191-201.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
    1997 Burrows, R., & Nettleton, S. (1997). British women's smoking in the employers and managers socio-economic group. Health Promotion International, 12(3), 209-214.
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    1997 Nettleton, S., & Burrows, R. (1997). If health promotion is everybody's business what is the fate of the health promotion specialist?. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 19(1), 23-47.
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    1996 Burrows, R. (1996). Health promotion and the vocabulary of the internal market. Health Education Research, 11(3), 365-366.
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    1996 Bradshaw, N., Bradshaw, J., & Burrows, R. (1996). Area variations in the prevalence of lone parent families in England and Wales: A research note. Regional Studies, 30(8), 811-815.
    DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC1
    1995 Burrows, R., Bunton, R., Muncer, S., & Gillen, K. (1995). The efficacy of health promotion, health economics and late modernism. Health Education Research, 10(2), 241-249.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS8
    1995 Featherstone, M., & Burrows, R. (1995). Cultures of Technological Embodiment: An Introduction. Body & Society, 1(3-4), 1-19.
    DOI Scopus46
    1995 Burrows, R., & Nettleton, S. (1995). Going against the grain: smoking and ‘heavy’ drinking amongst the British middle classes. Sociology of Health & Illness, 17(5), 668-680.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS12
    1991 Burrows, R. (1991). Who are the Contemporary British Petty Bourgeoisie?. International Small Business Journal, 9(2), 12-25.
    DOI Scopus2
    1989 Burrows, R., & Curran, J. (1989). Sociological Research on Service Sector Small Businesses: Some Conceptual Considerations. Work Employment & Society, 3(4), 527-539.
    DOI Scopus37
    1989 Burrows, R. J. (1989). Some notes towards a realistic realism: The practical implications of realist philosophies of science for social research methods. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 9(4), 46-63.
    DOI Scopus12
    1989 Burrows, R., & Butler, T. (1989). Middle mass and the pitt: a critical review of Peter Saunders's sociology of consumption. The Sociological Review, 37(2), 338-364.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS8
    1986 Curran, J., & Burrows, R. (1986). The sociology of petit capitalism: A trend report. Sociology, 20(2), 265-279.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS10
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2018 Webber, R., & Burrows, R. (2018). The Predictive Postcode The Geodemographic Classification of British Society. SAGE.
    2016 Burrows, R., & Marsh, C. (2016). Consumption and Class Divisions and Change. Springer.
    2013 Pleace, N., Burrows, R., & Quilgars, D. (2013). Homelessness and Social Policy. Routledge.
    2005 Burrows, R., & Woods, B. (2005). Neighbourhoods on the Net The Nature and Impact of Internet-based Neighbourhood Information Systems. Policy Press.
    2003 Bunton, R., Burrows, R., & Nettleton, S. (2003). The Sociology of Health Promotion Critical Analyses of Consumption, Lifestyle and Risk. Routledge.
    2003 Burrows, R., & Loader, B. D. (2003). Towards a Post-Fordist Welfare State?. Routledge.
    2001 Ford, J., Burrows, R., & Nettleton, S. (2001). Home Ownership in a Risk Society A Social Analysis of Mortgage Arrears and Possessions.
    1998 Burrows, R., & Rhodes, D. (1998). Unpopular Places? Area Disadvantage and the Geography of Misery in England.
    1995 Featherstone, M., & Burrows, R. (1995). Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk Cultures of Technological Embodiment. SAGE.
    1992 Burrows, R., Gilbert, N., & Pollert, A. (1992). Fordism and Flexibility Divisions and Change. Springer.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Burrows, R. (2021). 'Wealth and Poverty'. In N. G. C. The (Ed.), Social Geographies (pp. 222-235). Rowman & Littlefield.
    2019 Burrows, R. (2019). ‘Urban Futures and the Dark Enlightenment: A Guide for the Perplexed’. In J. Malpas, & K. Jacobs (Eds.), Philosophy and the City: Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Perspectives (pp. 245-258). Rowman and Littlefield..
    2019 Burrows, R., & Rhodes, D. (2019). The geography of misery: Area disadvantage and patterns of neighbourhood dissatisfaction in England. In Researching Poverty (pp. 191-213). Routledge.
    DOI Scopus4
    2018 Burrows, R. (2018). Cyberpunk as social theory: William Gibson and the sociological imagination. In Imagining Cities (pp. 235-248).
    2017 Knowles, C., & Burrows, R. (2017). ‘Reimagining Chinese London’. In R. Burdett, & S. Hall (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City (pp. 87-103). London: Sage.
    2017 Smith, H., & Burrows, R. (2017). Social Cartography and Knowing Capitalism: Critical reflections on the Geo-Spatial Web and Social Research. In N. Fielding (Ed.), The sage handbook of Online Research methods (pp. 596-610). Sage.
    2017 Atkinson, R., & Burrows, R. (2017). Minimum City? A Critical Assessment of Some of the deeper Impacts of the "Superrich" on Urban Life. In R. Forrest, B. Wissink, & S. Yee Koh (Eds.), Cities and the Super Rich: Real estate, Elite Practices & Urban Political Economies (pp. 253-272). Palgrave.
    2016 Atkinson, R., Burrows, R., & Rhodes, D. (2016). Capital city? London's housing markets and the 'super-rich'. In Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich (pp. 225-243).
    2015 Curran, J., & Burrows, R. (2015). The Social Analysis of Small Business: Some Emerging Themes. In Entrepreneurship in Europe: The Social Processes (pp. 164-191).
    2015 Burrows, R. (2015). A socio-economic anatomy of the british petty bourgeoisie: A multivariate analysis. In Deciphering the Enterprise Culture: Entrepreneurship, Petty Capitalism and the Restructuring of Britain (pp. 53-73).
    2015 Burrows, R. (2015). 'Studying up' in the era of big data. In An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology?: Trends and Challenges in Social Research (pp. 65-80). Routledge.
    DOI Scopus3
    2015 Burrows, R. (2015). Introduction: Entrepreneurship, petty capitalism and the restructuring of britain. In Deciphering the Enterprise Culture: Entrepreneurship, Petty Capitalism and the Restructuring of Britain (pp. 1-16).
    DOI Scopus5
    2013 Burrows, R., & Beer, D. (2013). Rethinking space: Urban informatics and the sociological imagination. In Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives (pp. 61-78). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
    DOI Scopus9
    2013 Pleace, N., Burrows, R., & Quilgars, D. (2013). Homelessness in contemporary Britain: Conceptualisation and measurement. In Homelessness and Social Policy (pp. 1-18).
    2013 Burrows, R. (2013). The social distribution of the experience of homelessness. In Homelessness and Social Policy (pp. 50-68).
    2010 Beer, D., & Burrows, R. (2010). The sociological imagination as popular culture. In J. Burnett, S. Jeffers, & G. Thomas (Eds.), New Social Connections: Sociology's Subjects and Objects (pp. 233-252). PALGRAVE.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS13
    2008 Burrows, R. (2008). Geodemographics and the construction of differentiated neighbourhoods. In Community Cohesion in Crisis?: New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference (pp. 219-237).
    2008 Burrows, R. J. (2008). Urban informatics and social ontology. In Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City (pp. 450-454). IGI Global.
    DOI Scopus9
    2005 Pleace, N., Burrows, R., Loader, B. D., Nettleton, S., & Muncer, S. (2005). The safety Net?: Some reflections on the emergence of computer-mediated self-help and social support. In Community Informatics: Shaping Computer-Mediated Social Networks (pp. 71-85).

In his career to date, he has obtained 43 grants (23 as PI).


He has taught courses on urban studies, social research methods, quantitative methods, philosophy of social science, social theory, social policy, digital sociology and many other topics throughout his career. 

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