Dr Will Mason
Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences
Will is a sociologist with interests in the study of childhood and youth, consumption, families, identities and inequalities. Before joining the Sheffield Methods Institute as a lecturer in Qualitative Methods, Will spent one year as a University Teacher in the Department of Sociological Studies (University of Sheffield) and two years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the Nuffield-funded Child Welfare Inequalities Project. This UK comparative study used mixed methods to identify and explain unequal rates of child welfare interventions, revealing strong relationships between area level deprivation and families’ chances of engagement with child protection services. Will’s ongoing research projects use a co-production approach to explore residents’ experience of community services in a low income neighbourhood and to explore the everyday lives of marginalised young people in a Northern inner city neighbourhood.
Childhood and youth, youth work, social work, consumption, families, identities, inequality, qualitative research methods, mixed methods.
- Walsh J & Mason W (2018) Introduction: Families, Social Work and the Welfare State: Where Contemporary 'Family' Meets Policy and Practice. Social Policy and Society, 17(4), 599-602.
- Morris KM, Mason W, Bywaters P, Daniel B, Featherstone B, Mirza N, Brady G, Bunting L, Scourfield J, Hooper J & Webb C (2018) Social work, poverty, and child welfare interventions. Child and Family Social Work, 23(3), 364-372. View this article in WRRO
- Walsh JC & Mason W (2018) Walking the Walk: changing familial forms, government policy and social work practice. Social Policy and Society. View this article in WRRO
- Bunting L, Davidson G, McCartan C, Hanratty J, Bywaters P, Mason WJ & Steils N (2018) The association between child maltreatment and adult poverty – A systematic review of longitudinal research. Child Abuse & Neglect, 77, 121-133. View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ, Mirza N & Webb C (2018) Using the Framework Method to Analyze Mixed-Methods Case Studies. SAGE Research Methods Cases, Part 2. View this article in WRRO
- Featherstone B, Morris KM, Daniel B, Bywaters P, Brady G, Bunting L, Mason WJ & Mirza N (2017) Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation across the UK in child protection?. Children and Youth Services Review. View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ (2017) ‘Swagger’: Urban Youth Culture, Consumption and Social Positioning. Sociology. View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ & Bywaters P (2016) Poverty child abuse and neglect patterns of cost and spending. Families, Relationships and Societies, 5(1), 155-161. View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ (2015) Austerity youth policy: exploring the distinctions between youth work in principle and youth work in practice. Youth and Policy: the journal of critical analysis, 114, 55-74. View this article in WRRO
- Bywaters P, Bunting L, Davidson G, Hanratty J, Mason WJ, McCartan C & Steils N (2016) The relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect: a rapid evidence review View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ (2013) ‘You Don’t Come to Maple or You Get Bullets in Your Head’: Somali Youth, Risk Talk and the Realities of Risk Avoidance View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ “No one walks out their house without a knife”: living with violence as a daily threat. View this article in WRRO
- Mason WJ & Featherstone B Reframing child welfare inequalities: making sense with research and changing the conversation. View this article in WRRO
- Morris K, Mason W, Bywaters P, Featherstone B, Daniels B & Mirza N Why those most needing child protection might be least likely to get it.
- Mason WJ A critical case for participant action research in youth work. View this article in WRRO