Dr Michael R.M. Ward is lecturer in Social Sciences and Programme Director for Education at Swansea University. He joined the Department of public health, 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 the award winning book From Labouring to Learning, Working-class Masculinities, Education and De-industrialization (Palgrave MacMillan).

Areas of Expertise

  • masculinities
  • qualitative research
  • social class
  • ethnography
  • sociology of education


  1. & Conclusion: Youth and Belonging - Agency, Place and Negotiation. In Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging (Edited by Sadia Habib and Michael R.M. Ward). Routledge.
  2. & Introduction: Investigating Youth and Belonging. In Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging [Edited by Sadia Habib and Michael R.M Ward]. (pp. 1-12). Routledge.
  3. & (Eds.). Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging. Routledge.
  4. & (2019). Exploring practices and experiences within a Welsh multi-agency young families project. Final Report. .
  5. (Un)Belonging in Higher Education: Negotiating Working-Class Masculinities Within and Beyond the University Campus.. In Identities, Youth and Belonging. (pp. 159-176). Palgrave.

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  • ASP256 Education, Policy and Society

    This module aims to introduce students to the role of education in society and the impacts of recent educational policies on access to educational opportunities, the governance of educational institutions and on wider social well-being. Through the examination of contemporary educational issues from Britain, students will develop a greater appreciation for the role of education in society.

  • EYXM01 Researching Childhood

    This module will examine and critically analyse the advantages and limitations of various research models and research methods relevant to the social sciences. Students will examine the significance of research for professional practice with children and critically evaluate relevant published research studies. The module serves to prepare students for the completion of literature based and empirical projects. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

  • PPS113 Sociology: Contemporary Controversies

    This module introduces students to key ideas, debates, controversies and converns animating sociologists from the mid-twentieth century to the present. These centre around the enduring concern with understanding the possibility of social order, social reproduction, and social transformation, we explore some of the key ideas and theories which have made and remade sociology. The module aims to acquaint students with the ways that contemporary sociological thought is attempting to grapple with key issues relevant to society today. We place a number of the most well-known contemporary social theorists in relation to each other and analyse their works by considering the historical contexts in which they emerged. In particular, we aim to approach social theory in terms of key questions posed by the rapidly changing circumstances of the early twenty-first century. In addition, the module explores the extent to which social theorists of the twenty-first century face a number of unprecedented challenges.

  • PPS203 Investigating Gender

    This module will focus on social consciousness and an awareness of gender diversity within a complex society, focusing on exploring the gender spectrum and the global social world. Current and historical theories, debates and critical discourses on gender, identity, masculinity, femininity, and the position of gender as a social construct will be explored, with reference to legal and social issues around gender in a global context.

  • PPS206 Research and Critical Appraisal in Health and Social Care

    This module is designed to enable the student to critique both qualitative and quantitative research articles to enable them to identify the quality of quantitative research evidence. This module builds upon the year one module SHH100 Introduction to Research in Health and Social Care.

  • PPS301 Doing Social Science 1

    This module will build on research understanding attained in years one and two and will further contextualise theoretical and practical knowledge related to social research. It will particularly focus on developing an in-depth understanding of complex ethical aspects involved in researching with human subjects. The module will support students to retrieve, analyse and synthesise extensive background literature to support their selected research question. It will also support students to present and defend their consideration of the ethical aspects of a proposed study in a `real-life¿ situation.

  • PPS302 Doing Social Science 2

    This module will build on research understanding attained in years one and two and will further contextualise theoretical knowledge related to social research, focussing on developing understanding of complex concepts such as the philosophy of knowledge. In particular the students will be guided to develop skills in collecting data either through an anonymous electronic survey or analysing published data. The module provides the student with an opportunity to undertake a small real-life research study and to analyse and present the findings.

  • SHH300 Dissertation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop a research proposal relevant for research in health and social care.

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.


  • An Examination of the Experience of Ecotherapy as an Intervention for Mental Health in Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeanette Hewitt
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Coffey
  • Middle school students' perceptions regarding the value of Pre-AP courses focusing on equality in school (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Gideon Calder

External Responsibilities

  • Co-Convener, BSA Education Study Group

    2013 - Present

  • Organizer and Chair of the Education Stream, BSA Annual Conference

    2013 - Present

  • Organizer and Chair of Session, BSA Annual Conference

    2017 - Present

  • Organizer and Chair of Special Panel, BSA Annual Conference

    2016 - Present

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2017 Swansea University, Mary Williams Award for Equality & Diversity - Shortlisted
2017 College of Human and Health Sciences Staff Achievement Awards - Shortlisted for outstanding contribution to research award
2017 Emerald Literati Network - Award for Excellence, Outstanding Author Contribution
2017 Higher Education Funding Council for Wales £650 Conference Award
2016 The Society for Educational Studies - Highly commended book prize
2016 The Sociology Review - Early Career Funding Award
2016 BSA Phillip Abraham's Prize (Nominated)
2016 BBC Radio 4 Ethnography Award (Nominated) for From Labouring to Learning
2012 Most Innovating Teacher Award - Cardiff University Student Enrichment Awards