Chris is a career sociologist who joined the University of Brighton from Nottingham Trent University where he worked for seven years, firstly as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and latterly, as its Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Previously, Chris also held the post of Sub-Dean responsible for postgraduate recruitment in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Leicester, where he spent nine years. This time also included spells as Head of Department of Sociology and Director of Research in the School of Education.
Prior to this, Chris spent ten years at the University of Warwick where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR). Earlier posts include the Institute for Employment Studies at the University of Sussex and the National Foundation for Educational Research.
Chris's interests in the sociology of education and of childhood have led to project-directorships under the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Children 5-16: Growing into the 21st Century programme and the ESRC and Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultures of Consumption programme.
He has lectured and published widely in these areas and also in qualitative methodology, especially ethnography.