Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University. His research highlights changes and continuities in contemporary transitions from youth to young adulthood. One key focus is exploring what we can learn from the lives and experiences of what he describes as the ‘missing middle’ – a term aimed at capturing a more finely graded appreciation of the dynamics of social class, and more specifically those young people who fall between youth sociology’s traditional focus on transitions considered to be either ‘problematic’/deviant or smooth and ‘successful’.
Steve has published widely on issues of youth and social class, and is currently co-authoring (with Prof Alan France, Auckland) 'Youth, Social Change and Enduring Class Inequalities', a book to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. He is also co-editor of 'Sociological Research Online'.