Phil is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, and Associate Dean Research in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. He joined Aston in January 2014 from the University of Warwick as Head of Sociology and Policy, before taking up the role of AD Research in 2016.
Phil has extensive record of research with children and young people, with a particular interest in child work and youth labour, the informal sector, political protest and qualitative research methodology. Recent research projects include a British Academy funded research project examining children’s lives in a large informal settlement in Accra, Ghana; and work package leader on a large EC funded MYPLACE project examining young people’s political and civic engagement in Europe and for which Phil undertook an ethnographic study a local Occupy movement. Phil was also the initiator of a large collaborative research project based at the University of Warwick examining young people’s precarious pathways into the labour market in the Midlands of England, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Among his numerous publications are three books (a fourth is currently in preparation), over 40 peer review journal and book chapters and he has disseminated the findings of his research at scholarly and other gatherings around the world.
Phil has taught at all levels from first year undergraduate modules through to advanced-level post-graduate research training. He has supervised 14 doctoral students and has examined PhD research degrees at the universities of Warwick, Essex, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Sydney and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Phil is a member of the Sociology sub-panel for the Research Excellence Framework 2021. He is also currently Deputy Chair and member of the Editorial Board of the British Sociological Association’s journal ‘Work, Employment and Society’; a member of the executive committee of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 53 The Sociology of Childhood; and is currently a member of the Consortium of Street Children’s Research Experts Forum.
More details of Phil's research, publication and supervision of doctoral students can be found on his web page.
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