Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Bangor University

Robin Mann is a member of the WISERD ESRC Civil Society Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences at Bangor University. Before joining WISERD he held research positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol. He holds degrees from the University of East London, University of Bristol and University of Wales, Bangor.


Robin's research interests and expertise are in political sociology, especially national identity, nationalism, civil society; class, migration and ethnicity; and the politics of local social relations. He is particularly concerned with understanding the attitudes, views and sentiments of ‘ordinary people’ toward nation. He is interested in how ethnographic and combined qualitative-quantitative methods can be used for researching social change and he has carried out fieldwork across a range of local field sites in Wales and in England. A key aim of this research has been to highlight the significance that people continue to vest in their local and national memberships.
He has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the Welsh Government. He is co-investigator on the ESRC funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre and led (with Prof. Howard Davis) on the work package examining continuity and change in local civil society in Wales (2014-17). His monograph (with S. Fenton) entitled Nation, Class and Resentment: The Politics of National Identity in England, Scotland and Wales was published with Palgrave Macmillan Press in 2017.
 

 

 


Behaviour Change in Wales
Behaviour change is a topic which is of key importance to policy makers both in the Welsh Government and further afield. Behaviour change also emerged as a key theme during the WISERD localities stakeholder interviews and the subsequent stakeholder feedback sessions have
Research Team:
Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Robin Mann (Bangor University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University)
Grandparenthood in Bilingual Families: A Welsh Case Study
This project aimed to provide new understandings of the dynamic relationship between the generations in Welsh-English bilingual families in Wales. In particular, the research considered how the experience and enactment of relationships associated with being a grandparent
Research Team:
Sarah Harper, Robin Mann (Bangor University)
Public Sentiments Towards Immigration in Wales
Overview The aim of this project was to investigate public sentiments in Wales towards immigrants and immigration. The monitoring of what people think about immigration has come to feature regularly within numerous national and cross-national surveys and opinion polls. But
Research Team:
Robin Mann (Bangor University), Yvonne Tommis
Knowing Localities: Welsh and the Labour Market
Overview Existing quantitative evidence points to differences between Welsh speakers and non-Welsh speakers in terms of labour market outcomes, however little is known about the precise mechanisms underlying such differences. A range of factors were identified which may
Research Team:
Robin Mann (Bangor University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton)
Paper
Biography, place and local civil society
Biography is a mirror of the relationship between place and change. Economic transformations, population movements as well as social and cultural changes are embedded in the biographical narratives of people whose lives they have altered. As part of WISERD Civil Society...
August 2017
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Journal and Journal Article
English national identity, resentment and the leave vote
The results of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom came just in time to add some comments to our newly published book, Nation Class and Resentment: the politics of national identity in England Scotland and Wales . In these comments, we claimed the results tended to...
Civil Society | June 2017
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Journal and Journal Article
Grandfatherhood: Shifting Masculinities in Later Life
Drawing on qualitative interview data, this article examines how grandfatherhood relates to the assertion and transformation of masculinities in later life. Recent attention to ageing and masculinities has identified how older men are challenged to succeed in maintaining...
Civil Society | January 2016
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The personal contexts of national sentiments
This article examines trends in entrepreneurship among minority ethnic groups in Britain. It begins with an analysis of how self-employment rates for different ethnic groups have evolved since the early 1990s. We find that rates of self-employment have fallen for Indians and...
Civil Society | April 2009
Bangor Seminar
Bowling together? Civil society in a north east Wales village
16th March 2016 |
Bangor University
In this seminar we presented emergent findings from the WISERD civil society project "civil participation in Wales, in place, and over time". The publication of Putnam’s Bowling Alone (1995) provoked an important debate as to whether participation...