Rob is a Reader in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, involved primarily in sociolinguistic variation, urban adolescent speech, accents and dialects, and linguistic ethnography. He is currently funded by The AHRC for the Manchester Voices project (with Dr Erin Carrie). Hew previously funded by The Leverhulme Trust for the UrBEn-ID.org project 'Expressing inner-city youth identity through Multicultural Urban British English'.
Rob is Head of Youth Language at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, MCYS.
He has a PhD and MA from the University of Manchester.