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Associate Researcher, Newcastle University

Professor Geoff Payne, FAcSS, is based at Newcastle University where he has taught modules on sociological research methods; social divisions; and social mobility.

A former President of the British Sociological Association, and Director of the Scottish Mobility Study at Aberdeen University in the mid-1970s, he has written over 30 articles and three books on social mobility, and worked on education, social class, and research techniques.

His widely-used ‘Social Divisions’ textbook is in its 3rd edition.

His latest book, 'The New Social Mobility: how the politicians got it wrong', is published by Policy Press.


  • –present
    Associate Researcher, Newcastle University