Main theoretical interests relate to sociology and organisational change with particular reference to occupational change and issues of regional regeneration. Main substantive research interests relate to:
- Questions of labour organization, forms of social solidarity; individualism and collectivism; trade unionism; labour politics.
- Questions raised by "globalisation", de-industrialisation and post-industrial societies and regions especially issues raised in programmes of "regeneration".
- Historical sociology and the use of biographical methods in relation to issues of labour organisation and social class.
- Environmental questions and changing patterns of social protest.