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Prof. Howard Davis

Howard Davis.jpgRole: WISERD Co-Director

Institution: Bangor University

Telephone: 01248 382123


Howard Davis was appointed Professor of Social Theory and Institutions at Bangor University in 1997 and was Head of the School of Social Sciences from 1999-2007. He worked previously at the universities of Kent, Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

Research Interests

Howard is interested in social theories of culture and creativity; cultural formations and transitions in post-Soviet societies; social implications of new technologies; the formation of social identities at local, national and international levels; research methods for the sociological analysis of culture, media and communications

Current Research 

2008-11 The Evolution of European Identity: Using biographical methods to study the development of European identity (EU 7th Framework Programme)

Howard is the leader of Bangor team which includes Dr Sally Baker (Research Fellow) and Marta Kowalska (researcher assistant). This three year project is coordinated by Professor Robert Miller from Queen’s University, Belfast. The other partners are from the Institute of Sociology, Magdeburg, Germany; the Department of European Culture Studies, University of Lodz, Poland; the School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia; the Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; and the Department of Sociology, ‘Frederico II’ University, Naples, Italy. The project website can be found here.

Click here to view Howard’s official Bangor University bio page

Recent Publications

Davis H, Day G, Baker S, Eichsteller M, 2012, ‘International Education in the Life Course’ in The Evolution of European Identities: Biographical Approaches Ed(s) R Miller, G Day (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke)

Davis H, Erofeev S, 2011, ‘Reframing Society and Culture in Post-Soviet Russia’ Comparative Sociology 10(5) pp 710-734 (Available here)

Davis H, 2009, "Revisiting the concept of the public intellectual" in Intellectuals and their Publics Eds C Fleck, A Hess, ES Lyon (Ashgate, London) pp 261-69 (Available here)

Davis H, Sosnovskaya A, 2009, "Representations of Otherness in Russian Newspapers: the theme of migration as a counterpoint to Russian national identity" Journal of Intercultural Communication 21, ISSN 1404-1634 (Available here)

Davis H, Day G , Drakakis-Smith A, 2008, "Migrating to North Wales: the 'English' experience'" Contemporary Wales 21 pp 101-12, ISSN 0951-4937

Davis H, Day G , Drakakis-Smith A, 2008, "Portrait of a Locality? The local press at work in North West Wales 2000-2002" Contemporary Wales 21 pp 25-26, ISSN 0951-4937

Davis H, Yerofeyev S, 2007, "The Regional and the Global in the Context of Changing Cultural Production" Regionologiia 4 pp 5-14, ISSN 0131-5706



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WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


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As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.