Emeritus Professor, WISERD Director 2008-2010
Cardiff University


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.

Trade unions and social media
This project is currently considering the potential value of an analysis of virtual patterns of trade union organisation and mobilisation and specifically the contribution of social media to the rescaling of trade unionism. This includes both: the virtual linkages of the
Research Team:
Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Steve Davies (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University)
Trade Union Membership, Associational Life and Wellbeing
Overview This project builds on previous WISERD research into geographical variations in trade union membership in Wales. (Beynon, Davies and Davies, 2012). The research programme derives from this analysis, which suggested that in South Wales collective understandings
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Alex Bryson (Department of Social Science, UCL), Steve 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
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)
Seminar The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain
3rd November 2021 |
In this online seminar, Huw Beynon talks about his recent publication on King Coal and the rise and fall of Britain's most important industry. No one personified the age of industry more than the miners. The Shadow of the Mine tells the story of King...
Workshop Funding Devolved Government in Wales: Challenges for the Future
18th January 2010 |
This half-day workshop supported by the by Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales and hosted by the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) provides an opportunity to explore the future challenges...