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 michael.ward@open.ac.uk for a copy of any of my publications listed below.

 Books

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. http://discoversociety.org/2015/09/01/beyond-male-role-models-gender-identity-in-young-men/

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: <http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/resources/wp150.pdf>.

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 ).

Reports

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: <,http://www.open.ac.uk/health-and-social-care/research/beyond-male-role-models/report>.

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: <http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/public-transport/community-transport/community-transport-report/112481.article>.

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.