Robert MacDonald is Professor of Sociology. His research interests lie in the sociology of youth and of economic life. His publications include Youth, the 'Underclass' and Social Exclusion (as editor), Snakes and Ladders: Young People, Transitions and Social Exclusion and Poor Transitions (both as co-author). With Jane Marsh, he has recently published Disconnected Youth? Growing up in Poor Britain (Palgrave, 2005).
University of Teesside
School of Social Sciences
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Tracy Shildrick is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Formerly at Teesside University she has worked for many years on issues of youth poverty, social exclusion and youth transitions to adulthood. She recently co-authored 'Poverty and Insecurity: life in low pay, no pay Britain' which was the winner of the 2013 British Academy, Peter Townsend Prize
Andy Furlong is Dean of Research in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Social Inclusion and Education. He has written extensively on young people and is editor in chief of the Journal of Youth Studies.
University of Glasgow
Dept of Sociology