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Phil is Professor in Sociology and Associate Dean Research (in the School of Languages and Social Sciences), joining Aston in January 2014 from the University of Warwick where he taught social policy and sociology.

Phil’s research focuses on children and young people with a particular interest in child work and youth labour, the informal sector, political protest and qualitative research methodology. He has published three books, over 40 peer review journal and book chapters and his recent research projects include a British Academy funded project on children’s working lives in an urban informal settlement in Ghana; a European Community funded project examining young people’s political activism; and a large programme of research funded by ESRC exploring young people's precarious pathways from education into the labour market. Phil Is currently working on a small funded project examining children and informal settlements in Ghana.

Phil is currenty a member of the Sociology sub-peanel for REF2021. Until recently he was a member of the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society, and for two years its deputy chair.

Phil has taught at all levels from first year undergraduate modules through to advanced-level post-graduate research training. He has supervised 13 doctoral students through to completion and has examined PhD research degrees at the universities of Asston, Warwick, Essex, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Sydney, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and the Open University.

Teaching Activity

  • LK1011 Becoming a Social Scientist

Contact Details

Email: p.mizen@aston.ac.uk
Room: NW922

Phone: 0121 204 3297


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