John is a sociologist with a broad range of research interests including:
- Youth transitions, employment, training schemes (YTS), underemployment and precarity.
- The sociology of Pearl Jephcott, Norbert Elias, and C Wright Mills.
- Auto/biographical data, methods and analysis (correspondence, film, photographs, biography, social media, art).
- The ‘reuse’ of ‘classic’ British empirical studies post 1940.
- ‘Non-standard’ research methods and data sources.