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Professor Tony Chapman, BA(Hons) Lancaster PhD (Plymouth/CNAA)

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Honorary Professor in the Department of Sociology
Professorial Fellow of St Chad's College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43327

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Education and Training

  • BA (hons.) Sociology (major) Behaviour in Organisations (minor), IIi, University of Lancaster, July 1981.
  • PhD (CNAA) 'Patterns of Occupational Mobility among Men and Women in Scotland, 1930-1970', Plymouth Polytechnic, examined by Professor David Dunkerley (Plymouth Polytechnic) and Professor John Rex (Aston University) October 1984.

Employment History

  • Director of Research and Professorial Fellow, Policy & Practice, St. Chad’s College, Durham University, December 2011 – to date.
  • Hon. Professor of Social Policy, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, 2012 - to date.
  • Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, January 2008 – November 2011.
  • Assistant/Deputy Dean, School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, June 2002 – March 2010.
  • Principal Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, July 1992 - July 2002.
  • Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, January 1990 - July 1992.
  • Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Staffordshire Polytechnic, September 1984 - December 1989.
  • ESRC Research Student and Part-time Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Social and Political Studies, Plymouth Polytechnic, September 1981 - August 1984.


Between 2013 and 2015 I led final year undergraduate/Masters Social Policy modules in the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University

Between 1981 and 2002 I taught extensively across a range of sociology, social policy and social research methods modules in schools of social sciences and business schools.

Currently supervising three PhD Students: John Maddocks, Sarah Green and Dzulfian Syafrian in Durham Business School / Newcastle Business School.

Applied Research Themes: Young People and Social Mobility

Established and convene the Young People and Society Study Group based in St Chad’s College, there are 35+ members from 12 schools, departments and istitutes across Durham University. The group meets once each term.

Has been awarded over £1m to undertake projects on young people and social mobility by a range of public, private and third sector organisations including: Durham County Council, O2 Telefonica Foundation, Big Lottery, Cabinet Office, Department for Education, UK Youth, JP Morgan, amongst others.

A member of the Youth in Action EACEA expert advisory panel for the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency since 2012 and Migration and Home Affairs 2019-20.

Given evidence to the OECD Youth Entrepreneurship Report on the O2/Telefónica Corporate Social Responsibility programme. 

Invited by the Chair of the Education Select Committee to submit evidence on approaches to evaluation for the ‘Services to Young People’ report. 

Submitted evidence to the Milburn Commission on Child Poverty and Social Mobility.

Applied Research Themes: Third Sector Research

Has been awarded over £1m over the last ten years to undertake projects on the third sector by public, private and third sector organisation and a further £200,000 on projects for the public sector which has included aspects of work on the third sector (community cohesion, neighbourhood renewal, major skills issues, etc.). Appointed as a consultant assessor for the establishment of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre and reviewed over 20 applications.

Working with colleagues in several universities in Japan for the last ten years on the study of social enterprise. This has involved exchange visits between Durham/Tees Valley and Yamagata funded by the Japanese Government. Have long-established relationships with several universities including: Tohuko, Sanno, Tokyo, Keio, Waseda and Teikyo Universities.

Spoken at many national third sector conferences as a panel speaker for ACEVO, ACF, TSRC, amongst others and speak regularly at regional conferences on the Third Sector in Northern England. Also spoken at a number of international third sector conferences and events in Chicago, Atlanta, Tokyo, Yamagata, Barcelona, amongst others.

Uses knowledge and understanding gained in the Third Sector Trends study to advise and undertake further research for several local authorities including Sunderland City Council, Northumberland County Council, Durham County Council, Stockton Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Kirklees Council, Bradford City Council, Sheffield Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

Act as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and book publishers including: Theory Culture and Society, Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntary Sector Review, Urban Studies, amongst others.

Current and Recent Research

Current and recent projects

  • Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Garfield Weston Foundation, Power to Change, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Third Sector Trends 2016-20, £195,000.
  • Durham County Council / Institute for Local Governance, Young People Skills and Employability 2016-18, £30,000.
  • Big Lottery, Our Bright Future Evaluation 2016-18, £24,000.
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation, Grow Evaluation 2017-18, £30,000.
  • Money Advice Service, Young People and Financial Literacy Evaluation 2017-18, £23,000.
  • ESRC IAA, Keeping it Simple/Sharing the Responsibility (2 projects) 2015-17, £40,000 (with John Mawson and Fred Robinson).

Larger previous projects

  • O2/Telefonica, evaluation of Think Big programme, 2010-2015, £324,000.
  • Department for Education, Youth Achievement Awards Evaluation, 2007-201, £160,000.
  • Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Study, 2008-2015, £312,000.
  • European Social Fund / Learning and Skills Council, Major Skills Issues in Tees Valley,£100,000.
  • Cabinet Office, Youth Social Action Journey Fund Evaluation (National Youth Agency) - March 2013- May 2015, £60,000.
  • Children’s Workforce Development Council Research on accreditation of volunteering for young people, with UK Youth and National Youth Agency, 2008-9, £84,000.

Research Groups

School of Education

Research Interests

  • Civil society and third sector trends
  • Home and community
  • Japanese culture and society
  • Young people and social mobility

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Garfield Weston Foundation, Power to Change, Third Sector Trends in The North, £100,000
  • 2018: Power to Change, Community Business Interactions in Bradrord, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, £29,000
  • 2017: Money Advice Service Financial Literacy Evaluation, £23,000
  • 2016: Big Lottery, Our Bright Future Evaluation, £22,000
  • 2016: Commonwealth Secretariat Sport and Sustainable Development Goals Project (with Iain Lindsey) £17,000
  • 2016: Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Third Sector Trends Study in North East England, £30,000
  • 2016: Durham County Council Young People's Skills and Aspirations Project, £30,000
  • 2016: ESRC IAA Sharing the Responsibility Project, £14,000
  • 2016: Institute for Local Governance Seminar Series 2016-2019, £38,000
  • 2016: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Third Sector Trends Study in Yorkshire & Humber, £30,000
  • 2016: Lloyds Bank Foundation Grow Project Evaluation, £30,000
  • 2015: ESRC IAA Keeping it Simple Project, £16,500
  • 2014: Cabinet Office, Social Action Journey Fund, £37,000
  • 2013: Involve Yorkshire and Humber Third Sector Trends Study, £17,000
  • 2011: Cabinet Office, National Youth Agency Social Action Fund Evaluation, £15,000
  • 2011: Institute for Local Governance Impact of the Third Sector in Stockton-on-Tees evaluation, £10,000
  • 2011: Instiute for Local Governance Social Enterprise and Asset Transfer Study in County Durham and Northumberland, £40,000
  • 2010: O2/Telefonica Think Big Evaluation, £331,000
  • 2009: Deparment for Education, Youth Achievement Foundation Evaluation, £183,000
  • 2008: Children's Workforce Development Council, Third Sector Youth Workforce Training Assessment, £87,000
  • 2008: Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Study, £380,000
  • 2007: Learning and Skills Council, Major Skills Issues in Tees Valley, £100,000