Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group

Profiles

Dr Malcolm Parkes

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology

Contact Dr Malcolm Parkes (email at malcolm.parkes@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Malcolm took a BA in English and American Studies at the University of Keele, and studied for his MA and his PhD at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham. He has been teaching in the School of Applied Social Sciences since 2013. 

In the intervening period, Malcolm has taught for Birmingham University, University of Central England, and Manchester Metropolitan University. He headed a teaching department in a large inner city FE College in Birmingham; launched community and workplace outreach programmes in Birmingham and in Stoke on Trent; and commissioned Adult Education programme for Wiltshire and Swindon (where we trebled the number of adult Basic Skills learners). Malcolm has also worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, supporting a project on how global business strategy is taught at the world’s top 50 Business Schools; and as a Researcher for one of the UK’s largest teaching unions.

Malcolm’s post is a 0.3 post. He currently teaches the Contemporary Sociological Theory and Social Transformation module on the department’s MA Social Research Methods (Sociology) programme. He retains his interest in cultural sociology, but has become increasingly interested in the relationship between sociology and history as a theoretical and an empirical question. He is currently working on a collection of essays about the differences between British and American culture.