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Dr Charlie Walker PhD

Associate Professor in Sociology, Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research

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Dr Charlie Walker is Associate Professor in Sociology within Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton.

Charlie’s primary research interests concern the impact of postsocialist transformation on different social groups in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and are located within the sociologies of youth, gender, work and education.

Charlie's main research interests lie in the sociology of youth, work, and education, with a focus in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Charlie joined Southampton from the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, where from 2007 he was CEELBAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Social Inequality in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, he received his PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, of which he continues to be an honorary member.

In addition to his research and teaching interests, Charlie was Director of Programmes for Economic, Social and Political Sciences from 2014-2017. This role involved the introduction of a wide range of educational innovations aimed at improving the student experience, such as online coursework submission and assessment and greater provision of lecture capture, as well as the development of new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Research interests

Charlie’s primary research interests concern the impact of postsocialist transformation on different social groups in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and are located within the sociologies of youth, gender, work and education.

His doctoral and postdoctoral research explored processes of social stratification surrounding youth transitions to adulthood, focusing in particular on the influences of class, gender and place in shaping differential educational and labour market outcomes amongst young people in post-socialist states. His contributions to the field include the monograph Learning to Labour in post-Soviet Russia (Routledge 2011) and the edited collection (with Svetlana Stephenson) Youth and Social Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (Routledge 2012).

More recently Charlie has conducted research on working-class men and masculinities in Russia, examining men’s gendered performances at home, work and leisure and exploring the relationship between these performances and different dimensions of wellbeing. This research has been the subject of a number of journal articles and book chapters and will be the basis of a forthcoming monograph. He is also editor (with Steven Roberts) of a new collection in the Palgrave Global Masculinities series, Masculinity, Labour and Neoliberalism: Working-Class Men in International Perspective (2017).

Charlie’s current research focus is on transitions to adulthood amongst young people leaving care in Russia. His research, funded by the British Academy, explores the forms of aftercare support available to leavers of both traditional state children’s homes and alternative care in relation to housing, education, employment and mentoring, as well as sources of resilience both within and after care. 

Alongside his research interests, Charlie has interests in qualitative and ethnographic research methods. He is editor (with Sue Heath) of Innovations in Youth Research (Palgrave 2012).

He is co-Editor-in-Chief (with Steven Roberts) of Sociological Research Online from 2016-2020.

Charlie is on sabbatical leave during semester two of 2017-18.


Research project

Economic state priorities wellbeing of vulnerable groups

Masculinities and well-being in contemporary Russia

Masculinities in Transition: Enduring Privilege?

Young people leaving care in the Russian Federation

A ladder to success? Understanding access to, and the value of, apprenticeships in care homes

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Charlie teaches on the following modules: Sociology of Everyday Life; Comparative Sociology; Sociology of Youth; Youth, Crime and Society; Understanding Modernity

Dr Charlie Walker
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4079

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