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Ricky Gee

Senior Lecturer

Sociology

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences

Role

Dr Ricky Gee is a senior lecturer based in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. Ricky has many years experience in academia as a researcher, teacher and course leader. Ricky had a successful 3 year tenure as Course Leader of the BA Sociology degree between 2016 - 2019.  During this period the course experienced unprecedented growth becoming the largest recruiter of Sociology in the country due to Ricky's innovative recruitment practices.  The influence of Ricky's leadership saw a steep climb in league table position (21 positions) with the course being described as 'sector leading in Applied Sociology' by its external examiners. The course also saw a steady increase in employability during Ricky's tenure. Ricky currently teaches on BA Sociology, BA Psychology and Sociology, MA Sociology, as well as being a PhD supervisor

Career overview

Ricky has over 15 years experience in Higher Education and before this worked as a careers adviser and training manager for a Careers Service in the East Midlands.

Research areas

Ricky's main research focus explores trans-disciplinary perspectives of 'career'. Such explorations allow for research activities to span across academic disciplines as highlighted in publication section below:

Ricky is an active member of the following research groups at NTU:

Work futures

Identity, Territory and Social Justice

Critical Criminology and Social Justice

Ricky has an on-going research collaboration with Graham Ferris (reader in Law at NTU) exploring how sociological concepts – e.g. Goffman’s ‘moral career’ - can be introduced into the Law curriculum to influence the teaching of ethics. This was outlined in a paper at the Association of Law Teachers Annual conference where it won the Stan Marsh prize for best paper (2014).

Ricky continues to work in collaboration with Dr Chris Towers (Senior Lecturer in Social Policy) exploring how students can engage in innovative teaching methods – with the utilisation of role play - to promote their construction and sharing of knowledge in the class room. Papers on this activity have been published by the 'Groupwork' and 'Staff and Educational Development Association' Journals and has subsequently influenced the practice of colleagues within the School of Social Sciences here at NTU.

Ricky has experience of conducting research with public bodies such as research engaging with career practitioner's views of the use of group work. This research was conducted in collaboration with a West Midlands Connexion service impacting upon future practice

Ricky is a named reviewer for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Reflective Practice and the International 'Groupwork' Journal.

External activity

Ricky is media trained and has appeared on the Simon Mayo Show (BBC Radio Five Live) where he discussed the role of the Careers Advisers to aid youth transitions.

During his time at the Career Service Ricky provided advice within his own Agony Uncle column in ‘Full On’ magazine, a DfES publications sent to all schools in England.

Sponsors and collaborators

Birmingham Connexions - Ricky investigated the use of Groupwork to aid young people's transitions.

Publications

Gee, R (in press – passed peer review process) A critical exploration of the ‘agile career’; a means of exposing the politics and economy of precarity via the lens of dromology. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

Gee, R (chapter abstract accepted – over 70 applied) ‘Critical ‘employability’ within the realms of sociology – a movement toward ‘social justice’ in the Handbook of Employability eds Hunt, E, Firth, M, Broadley, T, Neugebauer, J, Y, Cai. Sage: London

Gee, R. (2020) Informal Education as a Derridean Gift: a Deconstructive Reading of the Principles Guiding Youth Work Practice Within Neoliberal Policy Regimes. Journal of Applied Youth Studies. JAYS 3, 103–113 (2020).

Mignot, P. and Gee, R. (2020) ‘Precarity as an existential phenomenon within a post-industrial labour market’. In M. Breeze and E. Scandrett (Eds) Public Sociology Education. Policy Press: The University of Bristol, pp. 239-252

Gee, R and Barnard, A (2020) Reflective practice via the lens of the life career and paradox: a contemplation of being and becoming a social worker. Journal of Reflective Practice. 21:2, 210-221,

Gee, R (2019) Exploring ‘career’ via the lens of paradox; a longitudinal study of the transitional experiences of a small group of graduates. Professional Doctorate Thesis, Document 5. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University

Gee, R (2019) Document 6 - Personal explorations of ‘career’ and the strand of the Professional Doctorate. Document 6. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University

Gee, R (2017) Contemplating ‘career’ across disciplines: reflexive explorations of ‘career’ in Barnard, A.  (ed.)  (2017) Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care. London: Routledge, pp. 180-198

Gee, R and Towers, C (2016) The place of group work practice within the lecture theatre: promoting self-directed learning, student reflection and orbital communication via the entwined endeavours of teaching, role play and facilitation. Group Work, 26 (2), pp. 9-33.

Gee, R (2016). Alternative Visions of Employability; The Role of Critical Pedagogy, School Guidance Handbook for the National Centre for Guidance in Education. ISSN 2009-6801, pp. 1-22

Towers, C and Gee, R (2012). Acting on the ‘knife edge’: Incorporating role-play within the curriculum, SEDA Issue 13.4 December 2012 ISSN 1469-3267, pp. 8-10

Gee, R. (2010). How does the intended use of groupwork by Connexions Personal Advisers’ (PAs), and their experiences of delivering groupwork, influence their practice in learning institutions? In the Division of Guidance, Youth Studies and Youth Justice Research review.  Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University, pp. 6-15

Presentations

Gee, R (2021) Researching change and continuity of the 'life-career'; the trials, tribulations, and benefits of doing longitudinal case study. School of Social Sciences Methods seminar series, NTU, March, 29

Gee, R (2021) "Graduate Outcomes" a fair race? Or do they reveal structural inequalities? TILT Coffee O’clock Series, NTU, March 16

Gee, R (2021) Post-Phenomenology. Designing Research: Methodologies, Conceptual frameworks and “ologies” workshop series, for Professional Doctorial Students. Institute of Education, NTU, January 29

Gee, R (2020) Informal Education as a Derridean Gift; a Deconstructive Reading of the Principles Guiding Youth Work Practice Within Neoliberal Policy Regimes. Social and Political Sciences Seminar Series, NTU, Nov 4

Gee, R (2019) Compelled by an emotional economy of care: exploring the ‘career’ of ‘widening participation’ graduates - London Conference of Critical Thought, London July 5-6

Gee, R (2019) Explorations of ‘Employability’: A Longitudinal Study Exploring the Transitional Experiences of Widening Participation Students. International Academic Forum on Education, London, UK July 19-21, 2019

Hutchings, S and Gee, R (2019) Service-Learning: reflections via the lens of career and lifewide learning. TILT Festival of Learning 2019, Lifelong learning: pedagogies for the future, NTU June 25

Towers, C, Burnett, T, Puntha, H, Gee, R, Wane, P (2019) Reaching out; innovative pedagogies for a diverse student group. TILT Festival of Learning 2019, Lifelong learning: pedagogies for the future, NTU June 25

Burton, S and Gee, R (2019) Advocating a contemplation of ‘identity leisure’; a challenge to the metaphysics of presence essential to ‘identity work’ – BSA Annual Conference, Glasgow April 24-26

Lyons-Lewis, A and Gee, R (2018) What do public criminology or sociology paradigms add to service-learning?
- The IX National and I European Conference on Learning-Service in Higher Education, Madrid, September 20-22

Ferris, G and Gee, R (2018) Placing employability within the broader discourse of career development. TILT Festival of Learning 2018 - Scholarship, pedagogy and practice: innovating since 1843, June 26

Gee, R (2018) 'Evoking Paradox: Exploring Post-Graduate ‘Careers’ via Sociological, Political and Philosophical Notions of Duality' - BSA annual conference, Newcastle, April 10-12

Gee, R (2018) Exploring ‘career’ via Virilio’s paradigm of speed – dromology; a means of critiquing the career literature's’ rhetoric of agility and progress within the 21st Century, ICEGS 20th Anniversary Conference, Derby, May 23-24

Gee, R (2018) Exploring precarious ‘careers’ via Virilio’s paradigm of speed – dromology; a means of critiquing the career literature’s rhetoric of agility and progress within the 21st century. Social Sciences Research Cross Disciplinary Perspectives 2018, NTU, February 27-28

Gee, R (2017) Exploring ‘career’ via Virilio’s paradigm of speed – dromology; a means of exposing the politics and economy of speed and its relation to precarity. Department of Sociology Seminar Series, NTU, May 17

Gee, R (2017) 'Evoking Paradox; Exploring 'Career' Via Sociological, Political and Philosophical Notions of Duality' - BSA annual conference, Manchester, April 4-6

Gee, R (2017) Critiquing the science of subjective well-being; it’s dulling effect upon career development theory. School of Social Sciences Conference, NTU. March 1

Gee, R (2016) 'Exploring the subjectivities of pro-longed youth, focusing on anticipations of 'career' post-graduation' - NYRIS conference concentrating on the subject of YOUTH MOVES - Voices - Spaces – Subjectivities in Trollhättan, Sweden, June 15-17

Gee, R (2016) 'Evoking paradox; exploring 'career' via notions of duality' Alternative Futures Conference, School of Social Sciences, NTU, February 24

Gee, R and Ferris, G (2015) ‘Facilitating Better Career Judgement in a Context of Uncertainty’ - International Academic Forum on Education, Brighton, July 15-18

Gee, R (2014) 'Micro politics of career in a postmodern age; new opportunities or a cult of reproductive speed' - International Academic Forum Conference on the Social Sciences in Rhode Island, USA, September 11-14

Gee, R (2014) ‘Alternative visions of employability: the role of critical pedagogy’ - SRHE annual conference (Newport), December 9-12

Ferris, G and Gee, R, (2014). Adoption of professional identity as playing a role and entering a group, Association of Law Teachers 49th Annual Conference, Leeds, 13 April to 15 April 2014. Winner of the Stan Marsh prize for best paper.

Gee, R (2014) Alternative visions of employability: the role of critical pedagogy. Alternative Futures, School of Social Science, NTU, February 24

Gee, R and Mignot, P (2012) Alternative visions of employability-locating the discourse of employability within a wider career development narrative. Alternative Futures Conference, School of Social Science, NTU, February 22

Press expertise

  • Sociology of work and career
  • Sociology of education
  • Career development
  • Political dimensions of 'Career'
  • Career education and guidance
  • Youth transition
  • Leisure and how it influences youth identity
  • 'Race', Culture and Society