Professor Gary Pollock

Professor of Sociology
Professor Gary Pollock

Responsibilities

 

Research

Coordinator of multi-partner European projects

Supervision of PhD Students

Teaching

Sociological Research Methods at Undergraduate and Masters level

Background

Employment

Since 1992, Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University.

1990 - 1992, Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Health and Housing, University of Salford.

 

Education

2002 PhD, University of Liverpool

1992 MSc Sociology, University of Salford

1989 PGCE, Wolverhampton Polytechnic

1987 BA (Hons) Political Theory and Institutions, University of Liverpool

 

Europe

Horizon 2020 Expert, ID: EX2013D143377

Member of European Union and Council of Europe’s Pool of European Youth Researchers http://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/peyr   

International Advisory Board member European Sociological Association -Youth and Generations Research Network: RN30

Expertise

International comparative survey design

Longitudinal survey data analysis

Sequence Analysis 

Research Interests

Child well-being
Young people’s life trajectories.
Young people's civic and political engagement
The social context of social mobility.

Research Activity

ECDP: European Cohort Development Project (2018-2019) is an H2020 'Design Study' which develops the research design for a European Cohort survey.  This project follows on from MYWeB, MMU lead a consortium of partners across Europe. www.EuroCohort.eu @EuroCohort 

MYWeB: Measuring Youth Well-being (2014-2017) was an FP7  study which established that a Europe wide cohort survey of Child and young people's well-being was both desirable and feasible by policy makers, academics and practitioners across Europe.  MMU led partners from across Europe.  MYWEB website http://fp7-myweb.eu.

MYPLACE: Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement (2011-2015) was an FP7 funded project which explored how young people's social participation is shaped by totalitarianism and populism in Europe. This was a four year project employing a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research to provide new pan-European data that not only measures levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it. MMU was one of sixteen partners working in fourteen countries across Europe. For more information go to the web site: www.fp7-myplace.eu

Publications

  • Pollock, G, Ozan, J., Goswami, H., Rees, G., and Stasulane, A. (eds.) (2018) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy, New York: Springer. View publication »
  • Pollock, G., Ozan, J. Goswami, H. and Fox, C., (2018) ‘With a view towards the future: different options to measure the well-being of children and young people across Europe longitudinally’ in G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, and A. Stasulane (eds) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy, New York: Springer. View publication »
  • Pollock, G., Ozan, J., and Goswami, H. (2018) ‘Notions of well-being, the state of child well-being research and the MYWeB project’ in G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, and A. Stasulane (eds.) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy, New York: Springer. View publication »
  • Ozan, J., Pollock, G., Goswami, H., and Lynn, P. (2018) ‘Challenges in conducting a new longitudinal study on children and young people well-being in the European Union’ in G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, and A. Stasulane (eds) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy, New York: Springer. View publication »
  • Pilkington, H., G. Pollock and Franc, R. (eds) (2017) Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From Survey to Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave. View publication »
  • Pollock, G. (2017) ‘Survey research and sensitivity to context: The MYPLACE project and its case study approach’ in H. Pilkington, G. Pollock and R. Franc (eds.) Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From Survey to Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave. View publication »
  • Pollock, G, Henriques, A. and Hind E. (2017) ‘Young people, solidarity and democracy’, Strasbourg: European Union/Council of Europe Youth Partnership. http://pjp-eu.coe.int/documents/1017981/9907025/Solidarity+and+Democracy+-+Participation+and+Expression+-+Volunteering+-+Analytical+Paper.pdf/b6924cb9-73b8-4923-f251-3db03e80ae24
  • Grimm, R., Pollock, G., Koronaiou, A., Ellison, E., Lagos, E., Sakellairou, A. (2017) ‘Attitudes towards EU among young people in eastern Germany, Greece, and the UK: embedding survey data within socio-historical context’ in H. Pilkington, G. Pollock and R. Franc (eds.) Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From Survey to Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave. View publication »
  • Pollock, G., Franc, R., Pilkington, H. (2017) ‘Introduction: Thinking globally, understanding locally’ in H. Pilkington, G. Pollock and R. Franc (eds.) Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From Survey to Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave. View publication »
  • Pilkington, H., Franc, R. and Pollock, G. (2017)’ Conclusion: What is the ‘value added’ of multi-method, transnational research?’ in H. Pilkington, G. Pollock and R. Franc (eds.) Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From Survey to Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave. View publication »
  • Grimm, R., Pollock, G. and Ellison, M. (2017) ‘Eurosceptic Youth, interest, trust and ideology’ in B. Leruth, N. Startin and S. Usherwood, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, London: Routledge. View publication »
  • Goswami, H. and Pollock, G. (2016) ‘Correlates of Mental Health and Psychological Well-being of European Youth: evidence from the European Quality of Life Survey’, Howard Williamson (ed.) Perspectives on Youth, Healthy Europe: Confidence and Uncertainty for Young people in Contemporary Europe, Strasbourg, Council of Europe Publishing. View publication »
  • Pilkington, H. and G. Pollock (eds) (2015) Radical futures? Youth, politics and activism in contemporary Europe, Sociological Review Monograph Series, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. View publication »
  • Pilkington, H. and Pollock, G. (2015) ‘“Politics are bollocks”’: Youth, politics and activism in contemporary Europe’, in H. Pilkington and G. Pollock (eds) Radical futures? Youth, politics and activism in contemporary Europe, Sociological Review Monograph Series, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. View publication »
  • Pollock, G., Brock, T. and Ellison, M. (2015) ‘Populism, Ideology and Contradiction’ in H. Pilkington and G. Pollock (eds) Radical futures? Youth, politics and activism in contemporary Europe, Sociological Review Monograph Series, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. View publication »
  • Goswami, H., Fox, C, and Pollock, G. (2015) ‘The current evidence base and future needs in improving children’s well-being across Europe: is there a case for a comparative longitudinal survey?’, Journal of Child Indicators Research DOI 10.1007/s12187-015-9323-5. View publication »
  • Ellison, M., Fox, C., Gains, A. and Pollock, G. (2013) 'An evaluation of the effect of housing provision on re-offending', Safer Communities, Vol. 12 Iss: 1, pp.27 – 37.
  • Roberts, K. and Pollock, G. (2011) ‘Class in the South Caucasus’, European Societies, Vol 13 (5) pp757-782.
  • Roberts, K. and Pollock, G. (2011) ‘Politics and Trust in the South Caucasus, and in East and West Europe’, Polish Sociological Review, 2(174), pp167-179.
  • Pollock, G. (2010) ‘Youth Transitions in the South Caucasus: Connections between employment, housing and family.’ Plus 5 technical appendices in Jonathan Evans and Wei Shen (eds.) Youth Employment and the future of work Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.
  • Tholen, J. Huseynzade, D., Ibrahimov, A., Pollock, G. and Roberts, K. (2010) ‘Graduate careers during the post-communist transition in the South Caucasus’ Educational Research and Reviews Vol. 5(3), pp. 108-118.
  • Roberts, K. Pollock, G. Tholen, J. and Tarknishvili, L. (2009) ‘Youth leisure careers during post-communist transitions in the South Caucasus’ Leisure Studies Vol 28 (3) pp261-277.
  • Roberts, K. and Pollock, G. (2009) ‘New Class Divisions in the New Market Economies: Evidence from the Careers of Young Adults in Post-soviet Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia’ Journal of Youth Studies Vol 12 (5)pp579-596.
  • Roberts, K., Pollock, G., Rustamova, S., Mammadova, Z. and Tholen, J. (2009) ‘Young adults’ family and housing life-stage transitions during post-communist transitions in the South Caucasus’ Journal of Youth Studies. Vol 12 (2) pp151-166.
  • Roberts, K., Pollock, G., Manasyan, H. and Tholen, J. (2008) ‘School-to-Work Transitions after Two Decades of Post-Communist Transition: What’s New?’ Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics. Vol 1 (2), pp103-129.
  • Birchwood, D., Pollock, G. and Roberts, K. (2008) ‘Explaining Differences in Sport Participation Rates Among Young Adults: Evidence from the South Caucasus’ European Physical Education Review. Vol 14 (3) pp 283-300.
  • Roberts, K., Tholen, J., Khachatryan, G., Velidze, R. and Pollock, G. (2008) Transitions to adulthood in rural villages during the transition from communism in the South Caucasus. Social Problems vol 4 pp 117-140.
  • Pollock, G. (2008) ‘Youth Transitions: Debates over the social context of becoming an adult’ Sociology Compass 2: 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2008.00097.x, pp467 -484.
  • Pollock, G. (2007) ‘Holistic Trajectories: a study of combined employment, housing and family careers using multiple sequence analysis’ Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A: Statistics in Society, Vol. 170, pp167-183.
  • Ceislik, M. and Pollock, G. (eds.) (2002) Young People in Risk Society, Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Pollock, G. (2002) ‘Ignoring the Past: Underemployment and Risk in Late Modernity’ in M. Ceislik and G. Pollock (eds.) Young People in Risk Society, Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Ceislik, M. and Pollock, G. (2002) ‘Studying Young People in Late Modernity’ in M. Ceislik and G. Pollock (eds.) Young People in Risk Society, Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Pollock, G. (2002) ‘Contingent Identities: Updating the Transitional Discourse’, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Vol. 10, pp59-72.
  • Pollock, G., Antcliff, V. and Ralphs, R. (2002) ‘Work Orders: Analysing Employment Histories Using Sequence Data’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Theory and Practice Vol. 5, pp1-15.
  • Pollock, G. (1998) ‘Qualifications and Employment in Britain: a Longitudinal Analysis’, in T. Lange (ed.) Understanding the School-to-Work Transition, New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Pollock, G. (1997) ‘Uncertain Futures: Young People In and Out of Employment since 1940’, Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 11, pp 615-638.
  • Pollock, G. (1997) ‘Individualization and the Transition from Youth to Adulthood’ Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Vol. 5, pp 55-68.
  • Pollock, G. (1996) ‘Unemployed and Under 18: Struggling Between Subsistence and Destitution’, Youth and Policy, No. 54, Autumn, pp 38-53.
  • Steel, A. and Pollock, G. (1994) ‘The Information Technology Implications of Local Authority Housing Management Compulsory Competitive Tendering’, Local Government Studies, Vol. 20, pp610-621.

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