WISERD Co-Director
Bangor University

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. 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.

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.


Knowing Localities: Responses to Redundancy at AA
Overview This project is concerned with the impact on workers, their families and neighbourhoods of the closure of the Anglesey Aluminium (AA) smelter in September 2009, formerly one of the major employers in the Holyhead area. Previous studies of the impact of factory closu
Research Team:
Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Howard Davis (Bangor University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
Social Participation and Identity - NCDS Project
Overview This project was a joint venture with the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural change (Manchester University). The main study, funded by ESRC, undertook 180 qualitative interviews with cohort memb
Research Team:
Amanda Coffey (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Ian Stafford (Cardiff University), Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Gareth Williams, Howard Davis (Bangor University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Martin Jones (Staffordshire University)
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Touraine, Alain (1925-)
Alain Touraine's distinctive contributions to sociology include his sociological theory of action, the method of ‘sociological intervention’ in the study of social movements, and his critique of modernity which offers a ‘post-social’ approach to contemporary societies. This
January 2015
Bowling together? Civil society in a north east Wales village
16th March 2016 |
Bangor University
As part of WISERDs 2016 Civil Society Seminar Series this seminar will present emergent findings from the WISERD civil society project "Civil participation in Wales, in place, and over time". In the UK context the case for an overall decline in parti...