Professor Alan France

“My main research interests are related to youth and the life course. This covers a wide range of areas and includes youth transitions, youth crime, youth and (sub)culture, youth and new media and youth and policy.

“I recently published A Political Ecology of Youth and Crime, which explores in a systematic way the interrelationship between youth criminal identities and social ecology. This work builds and intersects with a number of writing projects that I have recently been undertaking around youth crime, risk, and citizenship.

“I was born and educated in Sheffield in the United Kingdom. In 1986 I returned (as a mature student) to higher education and completed my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Sheffield. I completed my doctorate in 1994 and after working in Sheffield and Warwick Universities as a Research Fellow I was appointed in 2000 as a lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Sociological Studies in Sheffield.

“In 2002 I was instrumental in setting up the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth which brought together 14 university departments spread across five university faculties and involved a wide number of international academic partners in the United States, Europe and Australia. In 2001 I was also successful in winning multi-million-pound research funding from the Economic and Social Research Centre Research Network: Pathways Into and Out of Crime. In 2006 I was appointed Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy. The Centre employed 27 staff and undertook a wide range of national and international social policy research.

“I was appointed as Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland in November 2010. I was Head of Department from July 2011 until the end of 2013."

Professor Alan France

Professor Alan France

School of Social Sciences
Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 84507

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