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.
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...