Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Research Methodology, having almost 20 years' experience of teaching in the social sciences at NTU. This teaching has been at all levels of higher education, from first year undergraduate taught modules through to contributing to the Programme of Supporting Studies for doctoral students across the Schools of Business, Law and Social Sciences and the supervision of individual PhD students. While originally being a specialist teacher of methods (something that he continues to do), Mark has, more recently, taught modules in a number of different sociological areas. This encompasses modules on: social sustainability and globalisation; the sociology of youth; youth cultures and lifestyles; and political sociology. Mark is based in the Division of Sociology, where he acts as second year tutor for the Sociology degree and carries out a number of additional administrative roles for his division and also the School of Social Sciences.
Mark's PhD research (1999-2005) was in the area of youth social & political activism, and he maintains an interest in this area. He has also conducted research into young people and political participation in the past and continues to follow research and public debate in this area. A few years ago Mark was part of a multi-disciplinary team at NTU and the University of Salford that conducted research into the support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas. This research was funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Most recently, Mark carried out some research with Deborah Lee at NTU in collaboration with Equation (formerly known as Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum) on a project to evaluate the effectiveness of a Whole School Approach to the prevention of domestic violence in young people's current and future relationships.
He has supervised research students in the field of social policy. One of these students completed their studies in 2011, exploring the role of employability in homeless people's resettlement. The other student is continuing their studies looking at the factors involved in homelessness and rough sleeping.
Mark continues to be interested in the following areas, some of which are areas he has researched and others are areas of specialist teaching:
* Young people and social exclusion
* Homelessness and social exclusion
* Young people, politics, and social/political activism, participation and non-participation
* The sociology of youth and young people's transitions
* Youth cultures and lifestyle
Findings from the ESRC-funded Multiple Exclusion Homelessness Research Programme were presented at a major event in London in September 2011 to an audience of influential policy-makers and practitioners from the field of homelessness and supported housing. This included a high level representative from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Research into healthy relationships and domestic violence awareness, as carried out in collaboration with Equation (formerly known as Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum) as detailed under the 'Research' tab.
Mark is a joint author of a leading research methods textbook – A Critical Introduction to Social Research – published by Sage.
Sponsors and collaborators
An ESRC grant for research into Multiple Exclusion Homelessness was part of a wider partnership between the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Homeless Link, Tenant Services Authority and the Department for Communities and Local Government. This research was carried out in close collaboration with Thames Reach Housing Association in London and Framework Housing Association in Nottingham.
Mark has worked with Equation (formerly known as Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum) on the research project detailed in the previous sections.