Bob Coles

A life-time of work on youth studies and youth policy as both a sociologist and social policy analyst. Responsible for establishing youth and social policy as a sub-discipline in the UK, and especially in applying it to the analysis of the position of vulnerable young people.

Qualifications and Academic posts
1966 First Class Honours BA Social Sciences: Sociology, University of York
1968-87 Research Fellow, then Lecturer in Sociology, University of York
1987-1994 Lecturer in Social Policy, University of York
1994-1996 Head of Social Policy, University of York
1996-2011 Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of York
2011- Retired but now Honorary Fellow in Social Policy University of York
Relevant External Posts and Appointments
Member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Research Committee on Young People and Families 1997-2001 and its research advisor on the youth research programme 2001-2007
Member of the Youth and Policy and Journal of Youth Studies editorial boards
Brief Selection of Recent Relevant Publications
Youth and Social Policy: Youth Citizenship and Young Careers. UCL press, 1995. pp 246
Working with Young People on Estates: The role of housing officers in multi-agency work.
(= with others). Coventry, Chartered Institute of Housing, 1999. pp73
Joined-Up Youth Research, Policy and Practice: A new agenda for change? Leicester, Barnardo's and Youth Work Press, 2002 (pp 232)
Missing Connexions: The career dynamics and welfare needs of black and minority ethnic young people at the margins. (= with others) Joseph Rowntree Foundation, pp65
Literature Review of the Costs of Being Not in Education, Employment or Training at age 16-18 (= with others). Sheffield, DfES. 2002, pp92
Estimating the Costs of Being Not in Education, Employment or Training at age 16-18 (= with others). Sheffield, DfES. 2002, pp80.
The Transformation of Youth Labour Markets in the UK. Youth and Policy, Number 100. Summer 2008. pp 119-128
Understanding Social Exclusion across the Life Course: Youth and Young Adulthood (= with others). Cabinet Office, Social Exclusion Task Force, 2009 pp 38
Estimating the life-time cost of NEET: 16-18 year olds not in Education, Employment or Training (with others). University of York and Audit Commission websites. 2010.
Small drop in NEETs but who counts the cost of the missing, Feb 27th 2014
https://theconversation.com/small-drop-in-neets-but-who-counts-the-cost-of-the-missing-23746

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