Professor Tim May

Department of Sociological Studies

Professorial Research Fellow

Professor Tim May
tim.may@sheffield.ac.uk

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Professor Tim May
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

Tim holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Econ) and the Universities of Surrey (MSc) and Plymouth (PhD). These followed a career as an engineer in the agricultural sector and work in retail, during which time he undertook a two-year evening return-to-study course to qualify for a university place. He then worked at the Universities of Plymouth, Salford and Durham before joining Sheffield.

Tim’s work has involved moving across disciplines and also within different organisations. He has developed a focus on methodology and the relationship between knowledge, evidence, policy, practice and context, on projects through funding from international, national, regional and local sources: for example, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, Mistra Urban Futures, European Commission, Universities (Manchester, Manchester Met, South Bank and Salford), Ford Foundation, NHS, NESTA, Arup Group, British Business Chambers, Whitehall and City Councils.

Tim has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books (including new editions) that have been translated into 15 languages. He has edited 8 special editions of journals and was the editor of an international book series (‘Issues in Society’, Open University Press/McGraw-Hill) in which seventeen books were published by leading authors in their fields of expertise (1998-2010).

Tim has written over one hundred and eighty articles, book chapters, research reports, government submissions, policy briefings and articles in varying media. His more recent and forthcoming publications include: ‘Reflexivity: The Essential Guide’ (with Beth Perry, Sage Publications, 2017); a co-edited special edition ‘The Future of Sustainable Cities: Governance, Policy and Knowledge (Local Environment 2017); ‘Evidence and Insight: In Search of the Distinctiveness of the University as a Site of Knowledge Production’ (Insights, 2018); ‘Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities’’ (with Beth Perry, Routledge, 2018); ‘Thinking Sociologically’ (with the late Zygmunt Bauman, Wiley, 2019) and ‘Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process’ (with Beth Perry, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2021). For further information please see ResearchGate.

Publications

Books

  • Bauman Z & May T (2019) Thinking Sociologically. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B (2017) Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities. Routledge. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B (2017) Reflexivity: The Essential Guide. London: SAGE Publications. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2011) Social Research Issues, Methods and Research. McGraw-Hill Education (UK). RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2011) Social Research and Reflexivity. SAGE. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Powell J (2008) Situating Social Theory. McGraw-Hill Education (UK). RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Williams M (2002) An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Social Research. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2002) Qualitative Research in Action. SAGE. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2001) Social Research Issues, Methods and Process. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May VFIDOSASPAUODLISASPT, May T & Williams M (1998) Knowing the Social World. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Vass AA (1996) Working with Offenders Issues, Contexts and Outcomes. SAGE Publications Limited. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hobbs CA & Hobbs DOSD (1993) Interpreting the Field Accounts of Ethnography. Oxford University Press on Demand. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (1991) Probation politics, policy, and practice. Open Univ Pr. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • May TP & Perry B (2016) Cities, experiments and the logics of the knowledge economy In Evans J, Karvonen A & Raven R (Ed.), The Experimental City (pp. 32-46). Oxford: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T, Perry B & Willmott H (2016) Cities, Universities and Urban Knowledge Exchange: Lessons from a Regional Experiment in the UK In Mercurio R (Ed.), Organizational Networks for Innovation Milan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Perry B, May T, Marvin S & Hodson M (2013) Re-thinking Sustainable Knowledge-Based Urbanism Through Active Intermediation, Production and Use of Urban Knowledge (pp. 151-167). Springer Netherlands RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B (2013) Reflexivity and Data Analysis In Kaldis B (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences SAGE RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B (2013) Translation, Insulation and Mediation, University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities (pp. 199-219). Springer Netherlands RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B (2012) Translation, Insulation and Mediation: The Shifting Sands of University Life In Benneworth P (Ed.), University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities Springer Science & Business Media RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Powell J (2007) Michel Foucault In Edwards T (Ed.), Cultural Theory Classical and Contemporary Positions SAGE RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2007) Regulation, Engagement and Academic Production In Harding A, Laske S & Burtscher C (Ed.), Bright Satanic Mills Universities, Regional Development and the Knowledge Economy Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Peters M (2007) Higher Education, Regional Policy and the Knowledge Economy: The North-West of the U.K. In Marginson S (Ed.), Prospects of Higher Education Globalization, Market Competition, Public Goods and the Future of the University (pp. 201-213). Sense Pub RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2006) Transformative Power: A Study in a Human Service Organization In Beynon H & Nichols T (Ed.), Patterns of Work in the Post-Fordist Era Fordism and Post-Fordism (pp. 525-545). Edward Elgar Pub RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2005) Realism and Reflexivity: A Contradiction in Terms? In Carter B & New C (Ed.), Making Realism Work Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research (pp. 171-188). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peters MA & May T (2004) Universities, Regional Policy and the Knowledge Economy (pp. 263-277). SAGE Publications RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2003) Reflexive Vigilance: Engagement, Illumination and Development In Harre R & Moghaddam F (Ed.), The Self and Others Positioning Individuals and Groups in Personal, Political, and Cultural Contexts (pp. 297-310). Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Williams M & May T (2002) Commitment and Investigation in Knowing the Social World (pp. 3-9). Informa UK Limited RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2002) Transformations in Principles and Practice In May T (Ed.), Qualitative Research in Action (pp. 1-14). London: SAGE. RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Buck M (2002) Social Work, Professionalism and the Rationality of Organisational Change In Malin N (Ed.), Professionalism, Boundaries and the Workplace (pp. 139-158). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (1994) Transformative Power: A Study in a Human Service Organization (pp. 618-638). SAGE Publications RIS download Bibtex download
  • () Making 21st Century Knowledge Complexes Routledge View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • () Co-producing Knowledge for Sustainable Cities Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T, Hodson M, Marvin S & Perry B () Achieving ‘systemic’ urban retrofit, Retrofitting the Built Environment (pp. 5-19). John Wiley & Sons RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B () Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (pp. 109-122). SAGE Publications Ltd RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

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