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Claire Markham

Claire Markham

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


I am a lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Nottingham Trent University.

Career overview

My first degree is in Criminology and I have an MA in Globalising Justice. My PhD, in Social Policy, explored multiple representations and experiences surrounding the village pub. Following my PhD, I worked on a number of research projects focusing on community well-being.  Findings from my PhD have been published in book chapters. My main research interests focus on rural pubs, rural services, and the sustainability of rural communities.

External activity

Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)

Co-convenor of the BSA Alcohol Studies group

Member of the Drinking Studies Network (DSN)

Co-convenor of the DSN Drinking Places research cluster

Member of the Historical Geography Research Group


Markham, C (2020) From books clubs to the Archers, how to reinvigorate the village pub, The Conversation,  Available at

Markham, C and Bosworth, G (2016) The village pub in the twenty-first century: embeddedness and the ‘local’ in Cabras, I, Higgins, D and Preece, D (2016) (eds.) Brewing, Beer and Pubs, Hampshire, Palgrave

Markham, C (2013) ‘The Rural Public House: Cultural Icon or Social Hub?’
in the UK in Somerville, P and Bosworth, G (2013) (eds.) Interpreting Rurality: Multidisciplinary Approaches, London, Routledge

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Press expertise

Social and cultural importance of rural pubs

Sustaining rural communties

Community well-being

Alcohol consumption

Drinking places