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Jason Pandya-Wood

Jason Pandya-Wood

Director of External Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Jason Pandya-Wood is Director of External Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, and Reader in Social Policy, in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

As the School’s Director for External Engagement, Jason is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with a wide range of external stakeholders – locally, nationally and internationally. Representing our key disciplines, Jason and his team help academics to link up with our partners, to use research to improve policy and practice, and to enable our students to benefit from working beyond the walls of the university. To help achieve these aims, he set up two pioneering centres: the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families and the Nottingham Civic Exchange.

Jason is also responsible for the School’s International Strategy. He chairs the School’s International Committee and works with our colleagues in NTU Global. Together, their work includes enabling: staff and student international mobility, international research collaborations, collaborative courses with overseas partners, and support the recruitment of international students. Jason and his colleagues are also working with partners in South East and South Asia to develop new forms of professional accreditation of law enforcement training.

Jason teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in sociology and criminology.

He also welcomes doctoral students in his areas of interest:

  • Youth studies, youth policy and youth work interventions
  • Governmentality, citizenship and community governance
  • The management of risk/high risk offenders / public protection
  • Compassion in social policy

Career overview

Jason joined NTU in 2012 as Head of Sociology, a post he held until 2016 before becoming the School’s first Director of External Engagement. During his period as Head, he was responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of a large team of academics with teaching and research expertise in sociology, criminology and youth studies. Prior to joining NTU, he held a number of posts at De Montfort University in Leicester including a secondment to the Vice Chancellor’s office to help set up the DMU Square Mile Project as its Research Director.

Jason is a professionally qualified youth and community worker, and has held youth work posts in both statutory and voluntary organisations. He has also worked as an adult education worker in forensic and community mental health settings. Jason retains his link to youth and community work through volunteering, board membership, campaigning and giving advice to policy makers on youth service policy.

Research areas

Jason’s research interests are in the broad discipline of social policy, with a particular interest in applied social policy research and evaluation, and impactful and participatory research projects that link theory, policy and practice. His PhD investigated how young people define and experience active citizenship in everyday, real world contexts.

Jason is currently Principal Investigator of a Big Lottery funded evaluation into the expansion of Citizens UK broad-based organising. He is also developing proposals to investigate the relationship between ‘compassion’ and social policy.

External activity

A significant part of Jason’s role involves working externally and he regularly works alongside local, national and international partners. He is a Fellow of the RSA and sits on the Leadership Group of the broad-based community organising alliance – Nottingham Citizens.

He has also served as External Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Edinburgh University, Durham University, University of Gloucestershire and Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Sponsors and collaborators

Jason’s research and consultancy work has involved collaboration with, and funding from, a diverse range of bodies including: the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Education, NESTA, British Museum, National Youth Agency, Nottingham City NHS Primary Care Trust, and the Cabinet Office. He has also worked extensively with local and regional charities and third sector organisations.

Press expertise

  • Crime
  • Early Years / Childhood inc. Parenting
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Politics
  • Public sector
  • Society
  • Youth