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Alan is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences Te Pokapū Pūtaiao Pāpori at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He was a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield (2002) and between 2006 and 2010 he was Director of Centre for Social Policy at Loughborough University. His research interests are on the sociology of youth and the youth question. He has published on a wide range of areas such as; youth and citizenship; youth crime; youth and risk taking and youth policy. His previous publications include Understanding Youth in Late Modernity (2007) Maidenhead, Open University Press and A Political Ecology of Youth and Crime (with Bottrell, D. and Armstrong, D.) 2012 London, Palgrave MacMillan. He is presently writing a new book (Co-Authored with Steve Roberts) on Youth and class (Palgrave, 2017)


  • 2010–present
    Professor, University of Auckland