Lecturer in Applied Social Science, Swansea University

Dr Michael R.M. Ward is lecturer in Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University. His work centres on the performance of working-class masculinities within and beyond educational institutions. He is the author of From Labouring to Learning, Working-Class Masculinities, Education and De-industrialization and the editor of Gender Identity and Research Relationships, which is volume 14 in the Studies in Qualitative Methods book series (Emerald). He has taught sociology at both further and higher education institutions to students of all ages both in the UK and Canada. Mike is also co-convenor of the BSA Education Study Group and editorial board member for Sociological Research Online and the Journal of Boyhood Studies.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, Swansea University
  • 2013–2016
    University Tutor, Cardiff University
  • 2013–2016
    Associate lecturer, The Open University
  • 2015–2016
    Visiting professor, Simon Fraser University
  • 2014–2015
    Research assistant, The Open University
  • 2012–2013
    Research associate, University of Lincoln


  • 2013 
    Cardiff University, PhD Social Science
  • 2008 
    Cardiff University, Msc Social Science Research Methods
  • 2007 
    Cardiff University, PGCE.FE
  • 2004 
    University of the West of England, Bristol, BA (hons) Sociology


  • 2016
    Gender and Research Relationship, Emerald
  • 2015
    From Labouring to Learning, Working-Class Masculinities, Education and De-industrilization, Palgrave MacMillian

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008
    The performance of working-class masculinities in the South Wales Valleys
    PhD Studentship
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • British Sociological Association