Image of Liam WrigleyLiam Wrigley

FHEA (Fellow of The Higher Education Academy)
MRes Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Manchester
BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (Awarded with First Class Honours), Manchester Metropolitan University


Twitter: @NEETNetworks

WRDTP Pathway: Education, Childhood and Youth

Thesis title / scope of research

A narrative analysis of NEET young people’s capitals, social ties and networks in Greater Manchester

The thesis explores the lives of 21 young people who are Not in Education Employment or Training. The thesis employs networks, social ties and capital theories as conceptual framework, from social theorists such as: Bourdieu (1986), Coleman (1988), Granovetter (1973) and Ryan (2011, 2016).

Using the qualitative turn in social network analysis and narrative methods, this research investigates the barriers faced by young people in accessing employment, education and training in their communities. It will also investigate how young people form social ties and networks with social support agents (such as local NGOs) and how these relationships strengthen or breakdown, using the spatial and temporal dimensions of social tie theories and longitudinal narrative approaches (Ryan, 2011; Ryan et al., 2014).


Research interests

  • Bourdieu
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Narrative Research
  • Sociology of Education
  • NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • Youth Studies
  • Social Exclusion
  • Community Studies.

Teaching experience

I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate sociology, criminology, social policy and youth studies programs at a variety of Higher Education institutions since 2013. This has ranged from teaching classical sociological theory, contemporary criminology, research methods and youth justice studies.

I am a certified Fellow of Advanced HE (Fellow of The Higher Education Academy).

Most recently, I have been a Teaching Associate at the University of Manchester teaching Youth Studies/ Justice.

Scholarships and awards

  • ESRC+3 WRDTP Scholarship.


Journal Articles

Wrigley, L. (2017) ‘From NEET to Unknown: Who is responsible for young people Not in Education, Employment or Training?’. Youth & Policy Journal.