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Professor David Mason

Professor David Mason
Department of Sociology
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA
+44 (0)1752 233232


David Mason (Technology, Work and Surveillance: Organisational Goals, Privacy and Resistance) is Professor of Sociology, and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Human Sciences, at the University of Plymouth. He was born and educated in west London and graduated from the University of York in 1970, subsequently undertaking postgraduate work at the Universities of Bristol and Manchester. He taught first at the University of Wales, Bangor, before moving to the University of Leicester in 1974. After some twenty years at Leicester, he moved to Plymouth in 1994.

His longstanding research interests have been in the sociology of race and ethnicity, and he is well known for his work on labour market issues and equal opportunities. He has undertaken research funded by bodies as diverse as ESRC, the Department for Education and Employment and the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. Recent work includes research into the recruitment of minority ethnic nurses and on equal opportunities in the armed forces. His publications include Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1986) jointly edited with John Rex and Race and Ethnicity in Modern Britain (Oxford University Press, 1995). In recent years he has extended his interests in the social organisation of work and employment to include the impact of electronic technologies. He has a particular commitment to making sociological research accessible to a wider constituency.

He is currently Chair of the Heads of Department of Sociology Council. He is also heavily involved nationally in postgraduate training matters, having served as a marker in ESRC studentship competitions and on panels in recent recognition exercises.


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