I am Professor of Social Theory and Institutions at Bangor and Co-Director of the Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).
I worked previously at the universities of Kent, Glasgow and Edinburgh. I have been at Bangor since 1997 and was Head of the School of Social Sciences from 1999-2007.
My principal research interests are in the sociology of culture, identities and belonging, and the impact of social change on individuals and communities.
As a founder member of the Glasgow Media Group I co-authored numerous publications by the group on television news reporting. I have published on the trajectories of social and cultural change in western and eastern Europe before and after the end of communism, combining my research interests in post-Soviet culture and social change with a series of EU funded projects to develop the social sciences curriculum at Kazan Federal University and the central Volga region of Russia. I was scientist-in-charge at Bangor of the EU Framework 7 EUROIDENTITIES project (2008-11). Currently I am co-investigator on the ESRC large grant WISERD Civil Society (2014-19) which is examining civil society, participation and change in Wales and beyond.