Dr Jason Pandya-Wood (Jason Wood) is Head of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. He is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of a large academic team delivering teaching and research in sociology, criminology and youth studies/youth justice.
Prior to joining NTU, Jason worked at De Montfort University in Leicester. He was most recently a Principal Lecturer and Head of Research in the Youth and Community Division. In 2011-2012 he was seconded to the Vice Chancellor’s Office as Research Director for the Square Mile university community engagement project.
Jason has a professional background in youth work, community development and adult education. He has worked in various settings including schools, youth centres, community projects and secure forensic mental health units.
Jason is actively engaged in applied social policy research and evaluation, leading impactful and participatory research projects that link theory, policy and practice. He has completed over 20 funded projects including many for a wide range of external organisations. In 2009, he completed his PhD that examined how young people define and experience active citizenship in the context of the communities and institutions they belong to.
His latest book 'Youth Work: Preparation for Practice' was published by Routledge in 2015.