Dr Will Mason

Sheffield Methods Institute

Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences

Dr Will Mason
w.j.mason@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8368

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Dr Will Mason
Sheffield Methods Institute
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
Sheffield
S1 4DP
Profile

Dr Will Mason is a sociologist with expertise in youth and community work, child welfare inequalities, critical methodologies and community-based participatory approaches. He is currently a Lecturer in Applied Social Science at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield. Will is also programme director of the ESRC accredited MA Social Research.

Will has worked on research projects ranging from national £500,000+ multiinstitution studies, to small community-based projects that deliver bespoke and localised initiatives. His research topics include child welfare inequalities, youth services, poverty, criminalisation and social harm.

Will specialises in engaged scholarship and community-led university partnerships. He plays an active role in a number of local and regional community initiatives. Will has been a volunteer youth worker for over 10 years. In this role he has supported the coordination and delivery of five open access youth services, including homework clubs, youth clubs and community gyms.

Research interests

Will's research interests include:

  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Consumption
  • Families
  • Identities
  • Inequalities
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Qualitative research ethics
  • University-community partnership
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Mason W (2021) Radically slow? Reflections on time, temporality and pace in engaged scholarship In Clift B, Gore J, Gustafsson S, Bekker S, Costas Batlle I & Hatchard J (Ed.), Temporality in Qualitative Inquiry: Theories, Methods and Practices (pp. 142-157). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Mason W, Brasab S, Stone B, Soutar J, Mohamed A & Mwale T (2019) Youth violence, masculinity and mental health: learning from the communities most affected RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Mason W Reading Sociological Theory. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason W & Unity Gym P #unitydoc: participatory filmmaking as counter-storytelling. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason W Police drugs crackdown operations can do more harm than good – I’ve seen it. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason W Knife crime: folk devils and moral panics?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason W & Walsh J ‘Reproducing the Stereotypes’: Family Complexity, Resource Scarcity and Social Work Decision-Making.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason WJ “No one walks out their house without a knife”: living with violence as a daily threat. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason WJ & Featherstone B Reframing child welfare inequalities: making sense with research and changing the conversation. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason WJ A critical case for participant action research in youth work. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Mason W & May T (2019) Hermeneutics. In SAGE Research Methods Foundations (Vol 1). RIS download Bibtex download