Attended University of Newcastle and LSE before teaching at Durham 1970-74.
Research Director North Tyneside Community Development Project 1974-77. Reader in Sociology Ulster Polytechnic 1977-80. Since at University of Durham.
National positions have included Treasurer Social Policy Association, Treasurer Joint Universities' Council for Social and Public Administration, Chief Examiner for Sociology studentships ESRC.
Editor of Sociology. Member ESRC College of Assessors, Member ESRC Research Training Board, Academician - Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. In 2012, received the Social Policy Association (SPA) Special Recognition Award.
The external organisations I have worked with are: Berwick Trades Council and the consortium of community groups in Newcastle and Gateshead concerned with the content of the Newcastle; Gateshead joint planning strategy, including a longer standing relationship with residents organizing against the 'Bridging Newcastle Gateshead' housing pathfinder programme.