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Dr Charlie Walker PhD

Associate Professor in Sociology

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

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. He continues to be affiliated to the Centre for East European Language-based Area Studies (a consortium of the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and UCL), and is Honorary Research Associate at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL.





Research interests

Charlie’s research interests lie in the sociologies of youth, gender, work and education, with a geographical focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. His research has 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).

Charlie is currently conducting research on 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 well-being. He is also co-investigator in a project exploring the well-being of the elderly and of families with young children in Moscow.

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).

Charlie has written consultancy reports on current affairs (especially unemployment and labour market developments) in Russia and the CIS for Oxford Analytica. He regularly peer-reviews articles for a number of international journals, including the Journal of Sociology, Central Asian Survey, the Journal of Youth Studies, the Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Sociological Research Online.

Charlie will be on sabbatical leave during semester one of 2012-13.

Research project

Economic state priorities wellbeing of vulnerable groups

Masculinities and well-being in comtemporary Russia



Book Chapters

Working Paper

Sociology of Everyday Life; Education and Society; Comparative Sociology; Sociology of Youth; Youth, Crime and Society

Charlie is currently supervising the following PhD students:

Daria Tkacz: 'The experiences of Polish pupils in primary education in the UK: a case study of Southampton' (jointly supervised with Derek McGhee and Pauline Leonard)

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

Room Number:58/4079

Telephone:(023) 8059 2022

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