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Ryan has researched exclusion and urban sociology, looking at the stigmatisation of 'outsider' groups and the governance of behaviour.  His research focuses on the way in which the state and society responds to such groups including Gypsy-Travellers, other peripheral minorities, welfare recipients and those depicted as 'deviant' by society. His research also seeks to understand attempts to change and control the conduct of groups deemed in need of 'corrective treatment'. 


  • Gypsy-Travellers
  • Geographies of exclusion
  • 'Deviance' and social control
  • The governance of conduct
  • Labour market processes and social change
  • Housing, identity and inequality
Notable media coverage:
  • Inside Housing [20 August 2010]
    'Social model' under financial threat