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About Charlie Walker, Ph.D

Charlie is currently Lecturer (US Assistant Professor) in Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK. He joined Southampton from the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, where from 2007 he was CEELBAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Social Inequality in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, he received his PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham. He continues to be affiliated to the Centre for East European Language-based Area Studies (a consortium of the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and UCL), and is Honorary Research Associate at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL.
Charlie’s research interests lie in the sociologies of youth, gender, work and education, with a geographical focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. His research has explored processes of social stratification surrounding youth transitions to adulthood, focusing in particular on the influences of class, gender and place in shaping differential educational and labour market outcomes amongst young people in post-socialist states. His contributions to the field include the monograph Learning to Labour in post-Soviet Russia (Routledge 2011) and the edited collection (with Svetlana Stephenson) Youth and Social Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (Routledge 2012).
Charlie is currently conducting research on men and masculinities in Russia, examining men’s gendered performances at home, work and leisure and exploring the relationship between these performances and different dimensions of well-being. He is also co-investigator in a project exploring the well-being of the elderly and of families with young children in Moscow.
Alongside his research interests, Charlie has interests in qualitative and ethnographic research methods. He is editor (with Sue Heath) of Innovations in Youth Research (Palgrave 2012).
Charlie has written consultancy reports on current affairs (especially unemployment and labour market developments) in Russia and the CIS for Oxford Analytica. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Youth Studies and regularly peer-reviews articles for other international journals, including the Journal of Sociology, Central Asian Survey, the Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Sociological Research Online.
Charlie will be on sabbatical leave during semester one of 2012-13.


Present Honorary Research Associate, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
Present Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology, University of Southampton

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