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. “I am going to Uni!” Working-class academic success, opportunity and conflict. In Masculinity, Labour and Neoliberalism: Working-Class Men in International Perspective. (pp. 60-79). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. & Family relationships and troubled masculinities: the experience of young men in contact with social care services. In Different Childhoods: non/normative development and transgressive trajectories [edited by O'Dell, L., Brownlow, C., and Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, H.]. (pp. 72-84). Abingdon: Routledge.
  3. & Doing gender locally: The importance of ‘place’ in understanding marginalised masculinities and young men’s transitions to ‘safe’ and successful futures. The Sociological Review, 003802611772596
  4. & (Eds.). Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admissions, Experiences, and Outcomes (Edited by Richard Waller, Nicola Ingram and Michael R.M. Ward). Abingdon: Routledge.
  5. & Introduction: Setting the Scene. In Higher Education and Social Inequality: University Admissions, Experiences and Outcomes. Oxford; Routledge. [Edited by Richard Waller, Nicola Ingram and Michael R.M.Ward]. (pp. XV-XXII). Abingdon: Routledge.

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