Dr Matthew Waites

Senior Lecturer in Sociology


Matthew’s¬†interdisciplinary research focuses on human rights, socio-legal and criminalisation issues at a global level, especially in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, drawing together sociology, law and socio-legal studies, criminology and politics.

His co-edited book Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (2013) provides the most internationally extensive analysis of the global struggle for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour to date.

Matthew’s research has also focused on developing the sociology of human rights, as in the co-edited 2012 special issue of Sociology journal, The Sociology of Human Rights. His future research agenda will involve applying sociological analysis of human rights to national and transnational lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) politics and movements. This is already apparent in a published analysis of the decriminalisation in India. Earlier research on sex offences included The Age of Consent: Young People Sexuality and Citizenship (2005) which focused on debates over age of consent laws in the UK, and also included international comparative analysis of age of consent laws globally. Matthew has been (founding) Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association Study Group on Sociology of Rights (2009-2013), and a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association for many years, as well as on the steering group of Glasgow Human Rights Network.


human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity, Commonwealth, criminalisation, decriminalisation, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBT, socio-legal studies, sociology, global, international, transnational, sex offences, criminal law, age of consent, youth, childhood, sexuality.


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