I am delighted to announce that my alma mater, the University of Leicester, has awarded me a higher doctorate, a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt), which was formally conferred in January. In the picture below I'm accompanied by members of the Centre for Labour Market Studies  who made the nomination. 

I have recently been made an academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) 

I have been appointed to the Research Methods and Infrastructure Committee of the UK Economic and Social Research Council. 

I have accepted a position as Honorary Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Centre in the School of Humanities and Social Science at Deakin University, Australia

The Australian Sociological Association has judged the paper 'Changing times, chaging perpectives: reconciling "transition" and "cultural" perspectives on youth and young adulthood', co-authored with Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn from the University of Melbourne, to be the best paper published in the Journal of Sociology in 2011/2012. The award was made at the TASA conference in Brisbane in November.



Youth Studies Conference, 2015  

After a very successful conference in March 2013 in Glasgow, the next conference will take place in March 2015. Further details and weblink  to follow.






Welcome to my personal website. I am an educational sociologist and Professor of Social Inclusion and Education at the University of Glasgow. My research interests revolve around the experiences of young people in education and their transitions from education to employment. My work covers processes of social reproduction, inequality, mobility, exclusion and inclusion and social justice. From a sociological perspective, my research has focused on patterns of educational participation and forms of engagement, educational and occupational aspirations, higher education, informal education and training. I also have interests in youth cultures and lifestyles, young people's health related behaviours, risk, crime and political engagement. This site provides an overview of my current activities and interests and details of current projects and new publications.



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Tel: +44 141 330 4667

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Postal address:

School of Education
University of Glasgow
St Andrew's Building
11 Eldon St.,
Glasgow G3 6NH