Carole Sutton

Carole Sutton

Partnership Manager

UK and International Partnerships (Academic Partnerships)

Carole can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Sociology
  • Surveys
  • Survey research
  • Leisure-based sports participation


Professional membership

Member, British Sociological Association


Roles on external bodies

Editor, Methodological Innovations On-line, April 2005 - 2012



Teaching interests

Carole has over twenty years of higher education delivery experience at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate supervision.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Eaminer, M.A. Research Methodology, University of Liverpool. 2007/08-2010/11
External Examiner, M.Sc. in Social Research Skills with Specialisms, School of Policy Studies, University of Ulster, 2005/06 - 2008/09
Examiner, Market Research Society (MRS). 2005 - 2008




Research interests

Current research interests
Research methods and methodologies; data analysis; evaluation; applied social research; applied social statistics; auto/biography.
Sociology of Sport and the Sociology of the Body: Sport and Leisure
Learning and Teaching of Social Statistics and Research Methods

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Doctor of Philosophy

Louise Forty (2008) Developing a Homelessness Prediction Model. School of Law and Social Sciences, University of Plymouth.

Stuart Bailey (2007) Migration and Economy in Cornwall. ESRC CASE Studentship with Cornwall County Council. School of Law and Social Sciences, University of Plymouth.

Grants & contracts

ESRC Quantitative Methods Initiative.(2012). Developing QM teaching materials, with Alison Green & Cardiff School of Social Sciences, £100,000. 
C-SAP, HEA (2011) Developing a Sociology Field Trip, with Alison Anderson. £6,000
Seale Hayne Educational Trust (2004-2005) with Joan Chandler & Moira Maconachie
Solo living in rural Devon, £4,856.00
Enterprise Fellowship Award (2004-2005) with Moira Maconachie Encouraging the use of data from the samples of anonymised records (Census 2001), £3,000.00
ESRC Research Methods Training Award (2004): Longitudinal Data Analysis, £1,000
ESRC Research Methods Training Award (2006): Longitudinal Data Analysis, £950




Williams, M., Sloan, L. Cheung, S.Y., Sutton, C., Stevens, S. & Runham, L. (2015) Can't Count or Won't Count? Embedding Quantitative Methods in Substantive Sociology Curricula: A Quasi-Experiment. Sociology 1-18. DOI: 10.1177/0038038515587652

Gary, C. Turner, R. Sutton, C. Petersen, C., Stevens, S. Swain, J. Esmond, B., Schofield, C. & Thackeray, D. (2015) Research Methods Teaching in Vocational Environments: developing critical engagement with knowledge? Journal of Vocational Education and Training. doi=10.1080/13636820.2015.1050443

Laitinen, I., Ettorre, E., and Sutton, C. (2007) 'Gaining agency through healthy embodiment in groups for depressed women' European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Vol. 9(2) p 209-226 

Coomber, R., & Sutton, C. (2006) 'How quick to Heroin Dependence?' Drug and Alcohol Review. September, 25, p463-471.

Laitinen, I., Ettorre, E., and Sutton, C. (2006) ' Empowering Depressed women: Changes in 'individual' and 'social' feelings' European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Vol. 8(3) p 305-320.


Authored Books
David, Matthew & Sutton, C. D. (2011) "Social Research: An Introduction" Second edition London: Sage
David, M and Sutton, C. (2008) Social Research: The Basics (Chinese Language Edition). Beijing: Higher Education Press
David, Matthew & Sutton, C. D. (2004) "Social Research: The Basics" London: Sage

Chapters in Books
May, T. & Sutton,C. (2011) "Social Surveys: Design to Analysis" in May, T. (2011) Social Research: Issues, Methods & Process. 4th Edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Sutton, C . (2010) “Embodying a Healthy Running Body in a British Non-Elite Road Running Community” in Ettorre, E. Ed. (2010) ‘Fleshing out’ sites of illness, leisure and risk? Re-shaping bodies in sociologies of health London: Ashgate
Williams, M., & Sutton, C. (2010) “Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Teaching in Quantitative Methods” in Payne, G., & Williams, M. (2010) Counting in Social Science. London: Sage.
Sutton, C. (2009) “Body travels: Gender, Sport and Emotions” in Letherby, G. & Reynolds, G. Eds. (2009) “Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions” London: Ashgate

Conference Papers

Sutton, C., Laitinen, I., & Ettorre, E. (2007) 'Women’s Running Bodies: Personal Reflections on Running for Fitness and Joy' in Itkonen, H., Salmikangas, A.K., & McEvory, E (Eds) "The Changing Role of Public, Civic and Private Sectors in Sport Culture" 3rd Conference European Association for Sociology of Sport, University of Jyväskylä, Finland p 56-64.

Hannan, A., Glanville, K., Green, A., and Sutton, C. (2004) "Widening participation in HE: issues of retention and performance", published in ‘Key Concepts for Education and Democracy in Globalising Societies’, Ruzicka, R., Ballantine, J., & San Roman, J. (eds), Prague: Agentura Action M