Dr Michael R.M. Ward is lecturer in Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University. He joined the Department of health, public policy and social science in October 2016. His work centres on the performance of working-class masculinities within and beyond educational institutions. He is the author of From Labouring to Learning, Working-class Masculinities, Education and De-industrialization (Palgrave MacMillan) and the editor of Gender Identity and Research Relationships, which is volume 14 in the Studies in Qualitative Methods book series (Emerald). Mike is also an editorial board member for Sociological Research Online and the Journal of Boyhood Studies and co-convenor of the BSA Education Study Group

Alongside his research, Mike has taught sociology at both further and higher education institutions to students of all ages both in the UK and Canada. He has worked at Cardiff University, Lincoln University, The Open University, the University of the West of England, Bristol and Simon Fraser University [Canada].

Areas of Expertise

  • masculinities
  • qualitative research
  • social class
  • ethnography
  • sociology of education


  1. Acceptable Masculinities: Working-Class Young Men and Vocational Education and Training Courses. British Journal of Educational Studies, 1-18.
  2. & The myth of the fatherless society. The Conversation
  3. You don’t have to be male to be a role model for men. The Conversation
  4. & ‘They are just good people…generally good people’: perspectives of young men on relationships with social care workers in the UK. Children & Society
  5. Place plays a vital role in how boys learn to become men.. The Conversation

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