Ross ClarkPhotograph of Ross Clark

BA (Hons) Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University
PGDE in FE, The University of Bolton

email: sop12rjc@sheffield.ac.uk / ClarkR@themanchestercollege.ac.uk

Thesis title / scope of research

Community, Identity and Belonging: A study of everyday multiculture in Harpurhey and Moston, North Manchester

My research is investigating the extent to which factors such as locality relate to identification processes, and the implications for social differentiation. Through careful analysis of a chosen community, Moston (a previously unstudied area of North Manchester) I hope to examine, and offer new insights into, the following themes: multicultural communities in post-industrial Britain and processes of identity formation.

Supervisor(s)

  • Dr Joanne Britton (primary)
  • Dr Lorna Warren

Affiliations

Member of the Institute for Learning
Member of the British Sociological Association

Conference presentations

‘Minority Groups and the Health Pathway’ at Access to HE Conference, 2012, Aston University, Birmingham

Other experience / research interests

As part of my previous studies I have researched areas such as attitudes to vandalism, perceptions of security, and how social class is measured. For my undergraduate dissertation I really enjoyed spending several weeks on location with a group of residents from a mining village in Yorkshire and this has installed in me a real passion for field research. I have also taken part in a number of research projects in the past few years, such as one in conjunction with the local Harpurhey community and the University of Salford, where we attempted to gauge perceptions of the area from a number of residents, as well as training them in research methods. For the past few years I have been employed as a sociology tutor in FE at the Manchester College, based at the Moston campus, and through living and working in this area I have witnessed the massive changes that have taken place.