John Goodwin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester. He has worked at the University of Leicester since 1991 and has held a range academic management roles including Head of Department, Sub-Dean for Graduate Studies, Director for PGR as well as serving as the first Academic Director for the College of Social Science.
John has a BSc in Sociology and Social Psychology from Loughborough and a PhD from the University of Leicester. He is an Academic Fellow of CIPD, and he is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As a sociologist, John has a broad range of research interests including education to work transitions, employment, underemployment and precarity as well as the history of sociology (particularly 'classic' British empirical and community studies post 1940). He is a recognised expert on the life and sociology of Pearl Jephcott, and he also has a significant interest in the works of Norbert Elias and C Wright Mills. John has expertise in qualitative secondary analysis, restudies, biographical methods and the use of data sources in sociological research. He has a long-standing interest in the UK Birth Cohort Studies.