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Biography

Robert MacDonald is currently Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Huddersfield, UK (working on a 0.5 FTE basis). He is also Visiting Professor at: the Department of Sociology, Monash University; the Danish Centre for Youth Research, Aalborg University; the School of Policy Studies, Bristol University; and the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Nottingham University. He previously worked and studied at the universities of Durham and York, and was Professor of Sociology at Teesside University from 2002-2017, where he worked with colleagues to develop the internationally renowned Teesside Studies of Youth Transitions and Social Exclusion.

He is Editor in Chief (joint) of the world-leading Journal of Youth Studies. He has researched and written widely about young people, youth, unemployment, work, poverty, crime, class, inequality and the significance of place. He has authored, co-authored and edited a series of books on these issues including: Risky Business? Youth and the Enterprise Culture (1991); Youth, the Underclass and Social Exclusion (1997); Snakes and Ladders: Young People, Transitions and Social Exclusion (2000); Disconnected Youth? Growing up in Britain’s Poor Neighbourhoods (2005); Drugs in Britain (2007); Young People, Class and Place (2010); Are Cultures of Worklessness Passed Down the Generations? (2012); and Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-pay, No-pay Britain (2012). He is currently working on research about: young adults and the ‘gig economy’; about precarity, generation and class; and on comparative studies of youth in the UK and the MENA (Middle East and North African) countries.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of York

Bachelor, University of Durham

External positions

Visiting Professor, Danish Centre for Youth Research, University of Aalborg

Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Monash University

Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, School of Policy Studies, Bristol University

Keywords

  • Youth Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Work/employment/unemployment
  • Criminal careers and desistance from crime
  • Illicit drug use
  • Poverty/social exclusion/ marginalisation
  • Social Class/ Inequality
  • Precarity/ The Precariat

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Research Output 1991 2019

The Future of Youth Research and the Journal of Youth Studies: Editorial Statement, January 2019

MacDonald, R., Shildrick, T. & Woodman, D., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Youth Studies. 22, 1, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

youth research
adulthood
editor-in-chief
university teacher
editor

Youth, enterprise, and precarity: or, what is, and what is wrong with, the ‘gig economy’?

MacDonald, R. & Giazitzoglu, A., 3 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Sociology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

economy
self-employment
alienation
young adult
labor market
1 Citation (Scopus)

Biography, History and Place: Understanding Youth Transitions in Teeside

MacDonald, R. & Shildrick, T., 2018, Transitions to Adulthood through Recession: Youth and Inequality in a European Comparative Perspective. Irwin, S. & Nilsen, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Taylor and Francis, p. 74-96 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

adulthood
history
economic change
deprivation
sociology

Foreword

MacDonald, R., 28 Jun 2017, Youth Marginality in Britain: Contemporary Studies of Austerity. Blackman, S. & Rogers, R. (eds.). Policy Press, p. xii-xx 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Marginalization, Young People in the South and East Mediterranean, and Policy: An Analysis of Young People’s Experiences of Marginalization

Calder, M. D., MacDonald, R., Mikhael, D., Murphy, E. C. & Phoenix, J., May 2017, 33 p.

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
experience
EU
structural problem
sect
place of residence