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

 Martin Allen