I am a writer and researcher focusing on young people, education, employment and skills. But I’m also interested in exploring wider questions about how education, economy and social structures interact with each other – examining for example, whether increases in education really do lead to increases in employment skills and greater economic prosperity, particularly in the ‘digitalised economies’ of the 21st century. These are difficult issues and often avoided by other researchers. As a result, I’ve become interested in employment policy and the potential for challenging the way work’s organised.
I’ve completed doctoral research at the Open University, worked in secondary, post-16 and higher education and for the National Union of Teachers. This site includes a variety of material. There are regular blog posts and links to research I’ve carried out, books that I’ve published and articles that have appeared in various journals.
Relevant contributions from others are also included