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Dr Jon Warren

Vice Principal (Mon, Wed, Fri) of St Cuthbert's Society

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Jon Warren is a Social Scientist. His research interests are focussed on de-industrialisation and how its effects have manifested themselves in the lives and experiences of those living in areas like the North East of England. He has published work in the fields of disability studies, social policy and the sociology of work.

Jon first came to Durham as a part time postgraduate student in 1996 and completed his Master’s degree in the Sociology department, his dissertation supervisor was Professor Roy Boyne who would later become Principal of Cuth’s. He returned to Durham to study for his doctorate in 2005. Jon’s research on the call centre industry centred on the North East but also took him to India for two months fieldwork. After completing his PhD Jon worked in the School of Applied Social Sciences before moving to the Geography department where he worked until 2017. Jon worked briefly at Newcastle University in 2017/2018 before returning to Durham to take up his current position at Cuth’s in 2018.

As Vice-Principal Jon has a wide remit. This involves enhancing intellectual curiosity within the student body, ensuring students have opportunities for personal development, liaison with academic departments and outreach to the local community.

Jon is married to Susan and has one son James. He is a trustee of his local community library and a Boy’s Brigade leader. His other interests include, motorcycling, (riding and rebuilding), cricket (watching and playing), music, flying, photography and cinema.

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Evaluating the County Durham Worklessness and Health Support Programme, County Durham Primary Care Trust, £550,000 (2009-2014)
  • Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity, Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant, £1 million (2013-2018)

Research Interests

  • Disability Studies
  • Sociology of the North East of England
  • Sociology of Work

Selected Publications

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