Academic Background

I gained my PhD in sociology from Cardiff University in 2013. My PhD thesis looked at the performance of young working-class men’s masculinities in a de-industrialized community in the U.K. I have worked as a researcher and lecturer at various universities in the U.K and I am currently an Associate Lecturer for The Open University and Tutor at Cardiff University. I was also been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada for the autumn 2015 semester.

In addition to these academic posts I am co-convener of the British Sociological Association education study group and conference stream, and editorial board member for Sociological Research Online; Boyhood Studies, An Interdisciplinary Journal and reviewer for Qualitative Research; Journal of Youth Studies; Families, Relationships and Societies; British Journal of the Sociology of Education; and Gender and Education

Please email me at for a copy of any of my publications listed below.


Ward, M.R.M. (2015) From Labouring to Learning, Working-class Masculinities, Education and De-industrialization, Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.

Ward, M.R.M. (Ed) (2016) Gender Identity and Research Relationships, Studies in Qualitative Methodology, Vol 14. Bingley; Emerald.

(Forthcoming) Waller, R, Ingram, N and Ward, M.R.M (Eds) Higher Education and Social Inequalities: Getting in, Getting on and Getting out Oxford; Routledge. (Part of the BSA Sociological Futures, due to be published in June 2016).

Journal Articles

Ward, M.R.M. (2015) The Chameleonisation of Masculinity: Jimmy’s Multiple Performances of a Working-Class Self. Masculinities and Social Change, 4:3, 215-240.

Ward, M.R.M, Featherstone, B, Robb, M and Ruxton, S. (2015) Beyond Male Role Models? Gender identity in young men. Discover Society, 24: 1st Sept.

Tarrant, A, Terry, G, Ward, M.R.M, Ruxton, S, Robb, M, and Featherstone, B. (2015) ‘Are male role models really the solution? Interrogating the ‘war on boys’ through the lens of the ‘male role model’ discourse’, Boyhood Studies, 8:1, 60-83.

Ward, M.R.M. (2014) ‘I’m a geek I am’: Academic Achievement and the Performance of a Studious Working-Class masculinity. Gender and Education. 26:7, 709-725.

Ward, M.R.M. Somerville, P. and Bosworth, G. (2013) ‘Now without my car I don’t know what I’d do’: The transportation needs of older people in rural )Lincolnshire. Local Economy, 25:6, 553-566.

Ward, M.R.M. (2012) The Emos: The Re-Traditionalisation of White, Working-Class Masculinities through the ‘Alternative Scene’. Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Working Paper 150: Cardiff University, [Online] Available at: <>.

Book Chapters

Ward, M.R.M. (2016) Placing young men: The performance of young working-class masculinities in the South Wales Valleys, in Mannay, D (Ed) Our Changing Land: Revisiting Gender and Identity in Contemporary Wales. Oxford; Routledge.

Ward, M.R.M. (2014) ‘You get a reputation if you’re from the valleys’: The stigmatization of place in young working-class men’s lives, in Thurnell-Read, T. and Casey, M. (Eds) Men, Masculinities, Travel and Tourism. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan. 89-104.

Ward, M.R.M. (2014) ‘We’re different to everyone else’: Contradictory working-class masculinities in contemporary Britain, in Roberts, S. (Ed) Debating Modern Masculinities, Change, Continuity Crisis? Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan. 52-69.

(Forthcoming) Ward, M.R.M “I am going to Uni!” Working-class academic success, opportunity and conflict, Walker, C (Ed) Masculinity, Labour and Neoliberalism: Working-Class Men in International Perspective. (Due to be published summer 2016 ).


Robb, M, Featherstone, B, Ruxton, S, and Ward, M.R.M. (2015) Beyond Male Role Models: Gender Identities and Work with Young Men. Milton Keynes; The Open University.[Online] Available at: <,>.

Ward, M.R.M. Somerville, P. and Alamanos, E. (2013) Rural Transport and Older People in Lincolnshire, Final Report. University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire County Council. [Online] Available at: <>.

Book Reviews

Ward, M.R.M. (2013) ‘Ethnographic Fieldwork, A Beginner’s Guide’ by Jan Blommaert and Dong Jie, Qualitative Research. 13:1, 117-118.)

Ward, M.R.M (2012)Plural Masculinities, The Remaking of the Self in Private Life’ by Sofia Aboim, Gender and Education. 24:3, 352-353.

Ward, M.R.M. (2012) ‘The Politics of Policy in Boys Education, Getting Boys Right’ by Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, Journal of Education Policy, 27:3, 442-443.

Ward, M.R.M. (2010) ‘Boys and schooling: beyond structural reform’, by Bob Lingard, Wayne Martino and Martin Mills, Gender and Education, 22:1, 140 — 141.

Ward, M.R.M. (2010) ‘Doing Ethnography, Studying Everyday Life’ by Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir and Charlene Miall Qualitative Research 10:4, 496-498.