Mr George Ackers
Before joining the Sociology team at Portsmouth in 2013, George Karl Ackers studied Sociology at Roehampton University, followed by an MA in social Policy from the University of Nottingham. His PhD is on the sociology of work and entittled, ‘De-industrialisation and Masculine Work Identity in the Former Naval Repair Community of Medway, Kent’, with a full studentship funded by Huddersfield University. This study examines the impact of de-industrialisation on masculine work identity for generations of Medway men, a work context which mirror the royal dockyard in Portsmouth. His specialist course is the sociology of work and employment.
George's intellectual interests centre on the sociological work in transitions and how process such as deindustrialisation affects ordinary people working lives sense of identity and community. George is currently finishing his PhD thesis which stresses skilled men ability to carefully adapt to and navigate the transition from industrial to post-industrial work. However George has further interests in the topic of:
• work and employment
• masculinities and identity
• age, intergenerational research and oral histories
• craft and D.I.Y