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Ian McGimpsey, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Birmingham

Ian joined the University of Birmingham School of Education as a lecturer in 2013, immediately following the completion of his ESRC funded doctoral research at the Institute of Education, London. His undergraduate study was in youth and community work at the University of Durham, and after completing his degree Ian worked in the voluntary sector in East London initially in provision for young people and subsequently coordinating and managing education and advice services for adults. Ian then joined the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA), leading their work in education policy and curriculum innovation.

The New Youth Service Assemblage
Ian’s ESRC funded doctoral research investigated the production of youth work subjectivity and practice in the context of youth service policy following the election of the Coalition Government. Based on case-studies in ten sites of youth service provision across England, it analyses the effects of a new phase of ‘post-neoliberal’ policy making on the provision of services to marginalised young people. It argues that although there is continuity with neoliberal phases of policy making that have operated to disconnect youth services from communities and formalise interactions with young people, current policy is distinct in reforming local communities and their service providers as an opportunity for ‘social investment’, and in driving greater employment insecurity amongst workers. Each of these connected reforms have significant effects on occupational identity. The research utilises Deleuze & Guattari’s notion of the assemblage to develop education policy sociological perspectives with respect the relations of policy to institutional spaces and processes of subjectivation.

Youth Unemployment
Ian has undertaken work for the University of Birmingham’s Public Service Academy, investigating approaches to youth unemployment and their effectiveness.

Ian McGimpsey's contributions

Creative Methods – part II

The final session of our Researching Youth Seminar Series re-visits Creative Methods. As a growing field in youth research that takes a participatory approach, creative methods privileged other...

Video5 Jul 2022

Ethnography – Embodiment and the digital world

Experimentation and playfulness in both method of data production and in write up – there are opportunities, and perhaps a necessity for creativity within methods given the inevitable...

Video14 Jun 2022

Youth Work, Music Production and Measurement

Registration for this event has now closed, to register please email Link to event recording #BERA_Youthwork Online event – pre-registration essential This webinar explores...

Past event4 Sep 2020