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Ricky Gee

Senior Lecturer


Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Ricky 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 currently teaches on BA Sociology, BA Psychology and Sociology, as well as being a PhD supervisor

Career overview

Ricky has worked as a careers adviser and training manager for a Careers Service in the East Midlands before becoming a Senior Lecturer.

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 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) so as to explore 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. Such strategies enable students to engage in their own personal and public experiences of ‘career’ to widen their learning. 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.


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

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.

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

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.

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 ISSN 2009-6801

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.

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

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

Oral presentations

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

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

Gee, R (2018) ICEGS 20th Anniversary Conference - 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

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

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

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

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

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

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