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Research Profile

Dr Tom Hall 

Dr Tom Hall
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 76288
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74175
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Address:1.26 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

Theoretically informed, empirical and ethnographic research in the following fields: homelessness and ‘street’ populations; spatial practices of urban care, repair and patrol; begging, benefits and gifts; youth transitions, biography and locality (including mixed methods work with young people); informal education and citizenship; devolved governance and the third (community) sector. Am also interested in the cultural sociology of urban and social exploration, (pedestrian) mobilities and mobile methods. These various interests converge on, and inform, a primary concern with the street-level experience and management of inequality in urban public space(s).

Current and Recent Research

My current research commitments include:

  • Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD), a programme of primary research, data integration and capacity building in Wales jointly funded by the ESRC and the Welsh Assembly Government. I have direct responsibility for a research strand within the WISERD programme looking at the development and evaluation of innovative qualitative methods.
  • Recent work with the WISERD team overlaps with a longstanding research engagement in central Cardiff tracing the spatial practice of social care and (more recently) street cleaning services. This ethnographic study of urban public space has been conducted over a period of five years, and supported through a period of extended study leave.

Recently completed awards include:

  • Locality, Biography and Youth in a Transforming Community. Funded by the ESRC, this project explored the links between locality, community and biography for young people in areas undergoing economic and social transformation. (This project was affiliated to the Cardiff node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Innovation, Integration and Impact.)

Schedule 2010-11

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6th-8th April, 2011. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London. “60 Years of Sociology”. Paper: Urban circulations: outreach work, homelessness, and the city (with Rob Smith).


7th-9th April, 2010. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow. Paper: Tinkering in the City: The Accomplishment of the Outreach Encounter (with Rob Smith). Also “Meet the Editors” session as team member for the BSA lead journal Sociology.

4th-6th May, 2010. Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences in Europe (EUROQUAL), Final Conference, "International Perspectives on Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences".

5th-8th July, 2010. 4th Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Methods Festival, Oxford. Paper: Local knowledge: place, non-place and urban spatial practice (with Rob Smith).

11th-17th July, 2010. XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg. “Sociology on the Move”. Attended as editor of British Sociological Association lead journal, Sociology (with Amanda Coffey, Sally Power and Amanda Robinson).

17th-21st November, 2010. 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans. “Circulation” Paper: Local motion, local knowledge: research ‘on the move’ with urban patrols (with Rob Smith). Also, paper: Circuits of city space: moving and meeting with the homeless (with Rob Smith).