Dr Mark Ramsden

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Psychology, Criminology and Sociology
Email: M.Ramsden@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: NA
Location: Room Pr Mb 3024, Penrhyn Road


Keywords: social and spatial inequalities; education and schooling; labour markets and occupation; housing; ethnicity; social class; quantitative research methods; spatial analysis

I have two strands to my research. I am interested in how social and spatial inequalities are reproduced through education and labour markets, and in particular how social class becomes expressed in terms of occupation and educational achievement. Recent work analyses the Pupil Level School Annual Census (PLASC) to examine the influence on social class, ethnicity, gender, and other social and spatial factors on pupil attainment. A current project includes the development of new understandings and definitions of social class, connecting up structural approaches to newer, approaches on identity, providing greater unity between theoretical and more empirical based approaches.

The second strand of my research explores the contemporary rejection of rational and scientific thinking and ideas associated with ‘the West’ and modernity. Through academic and popular issues such as social class and identity, debates in health and illness, development, and academic research methods I examine the contemporary critique of rational and scientific method. In particular, I am interested how this frequently takes the form of rejecting generalisations, a contemporary search for multiplicity, and a desire to separate quantitative research methods from qualitative ones.

Areas of expertise include spatial analysis and other quantitative research methods.

Educational and professional qualifications

1998 Phd 'From Excess Supply to Low Levels of Surplus Labour: the Transition in Chile in the 1980s and 1990s' , University of Liverpool
1990 MA Latin American Studies , University of Liverpool
1988 BA(Hons) Economic and Social History, Philosophy and Archaeology , University of Liverpool

Professional experience (post-1990)

2007-2010 Lecturer in Social and Spatial Inequality, University of Sheffield
2005-2007 Research Fellow, Kings College London
2003-2005 Senior Researcher, Middlesex University
2000-2003 Research Associate and Teaching Assistant, University of Cambridge
1999-2000 Labour Market Intelligence Officer, University of Manchester

Research outputs

Number of items: 28.


Butler, Tim, Hamnett, Chris and Ramsden, Mark (2013) Gentrification, education and exclusionary displacement in East London. International Journal Of Urban And Regional Research, 37(2), pp. 556-575. ISSN (print) 0309-1317

Hamnett, Chris, Butler, Tim and Ramsden, Mark (2013) 'I wanted my child to go to a more mixed school' schooling and ethnic mix in East London. Environment and Planning A, 45(3), pp. 553-574. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Hennig, B, Pritchard, J, Ramsden, M and Dorling, D (2010) Remapping the world's population: visualizing data using cartograms. ArcUser, Winter, pp. 66-69. ISSN (print) 1534-5467

Butler, Tim, Hamnett, Chris and Ramsden, Mark (2008) Inward and upward: marking out social class change in London, 1981 - 2001. Urban Studies, 45(1), pp. 67-88. ISSN (print) 0042-0980

Shaw, B and Ramsden, M (2007) Doing it yourself: artist-led galleries, the ‘alternative’ and autonomy. Printed Project(8), pp. 69-74. ISSN (print) 1649-4075

Ramsden, M, Bennett, R J and Fuller, C (2007) Local economic development initiatives and the transition from Training and Enterprise Councils to new institutional structures in England: partnership, discretion and local flexibility. Policy Studies, 28(3), pp. 225-245. ISSN (print) 0144-2872

Hamnett, C, Ramsden, M and Butler, T (2007) Social background, ethnicity, school composition and educational attainment in East London. Urban Studies, 44(7), pp. 1255-1280. ISSN (print) 0042-0980

Butler, T, Hamnett, C, Webber, R and Ramsden, M (2007) The best, the worst and the average: secondary school choice and education performance in East London. Journal of Education Policy, 22(1), pp. 7-29. ISSN (print) 0268-0939

Bennett, R J and Ramsden, M (2007) The contribution of business associations to SMEs: strategy, bundling or reassurance? International Small Business Journal, 25(1), pp. 49-76. ISSN (print) 0266-2426

Lyon, F and Ramsden, M (2006) Developing fledgling social enterprises? A study of the support required and means of delivering it. Social Enterprise Journal, 2(1), pp. 27-41. ISSN (print) 1750-8614

Ramsden, M and Bennett, R J (2005) The benefits of external support to SMEs: 'Hard' versus 'soft' outcomes and satisfaction levels. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 12(2), pp. 227-243. ISSN (print) 1462-6004

Bennett, R J, Fuller, C and Ramsden, M (2004) Local government and local economic development in Britain: an evaluation of developments under labour. Progress in Planning, 62(4), pp. 209-274. ISSN (print) 0305-9006

Fuller, C, Bennett, R J and Ramsden, M (2004) Local government and the changing institutional landscape of economic development in England and Wales. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 22(3), pp. 317-347. ISSN (print) 0263-774X

Ramsden, M, Bennett, R J and Fuller, C (2004) Short-term policy and the changing institutional landscape of post-16 education and training: the case of learning partnerships in England, Scotland and Wales. Journal of Education and Work, 17(2), pp. 139-165. ISSN (print) 1363-9080

Ramsden, Mark, Bennett, Robert and Fuller, Crispian (2004) The learning and skills council and the institutional infrastructure for post-16 education and training: an initial assessment. Journal of Education and Work, 17(4), pp. 397-420. ISSN (print) 1363-9080

Fuller, C, Bennett, R J and Ramsden, M (2003) Organised for inward investment? Development agencies, local government, and firms in the inward investment process. Environment and Planning A, 35(11), pp. 2025-2051. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Ramsden, M and Shaw, B (2003) Stazione di Topolò: Changing the world or escaping it? Third Text, 17(2), pp. 183-194. ISSN (print) 0952-8822

Fuller, C, Bennett, R J and Ramsden, M (2002) The economic development role of English RDAs: the need for greater discretionary power. Regional Studies, 36(4), pp. 421-442. ISSN (print) 0034-3404

Ramsden, M, Bennett, R J and Fuller, C (2002) The end of TECs: a challenge for partners and successor bodies to maintain discretionary activity. Policy Studies, 23(3), pp. 231-246. ISSN (print) 0144-2872

Book Section

Ramsden, Mark (2011) Spatial analysis. In: Southerton, Dale, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture. Manchester, U.K. : Sage Publications. ISBN 9780872896017

Butler, Tim, Hamnett, Chris, Ramsden, Mark and Mir, Sadiq (2008) City to sea: some socio-demographic impacts of change in East London. In: Cohen, Philip and Rustin, Michael J., (eds.) London's Turning: The Making of the Thames Gateway. Hampshire, U.K. : Ashgate Publishing. pp. 125-148. ISBN 9780754670636

Ramsden, Mark (1995) Supply, demand, unemployment and wages in the Chilean Labour Market: 1983 to 1993. In: Hojman, D. E., (ed.) Neo-liberalism with a human face? The politics and economics of the Chilean model. Liverpool, U.K. : Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool. pp. 171-198. (ILAS Monograph Series, no. 20) ISBN 9780902806313

Hojman, David E and Ramsden, Mark (1993) Employment and the Labour Market in Chile: trends, fluctuations, and prospects for the 1990s. In: Angell, A and Pollack, B, (eds.) The legacy of dictatorship: political, economic and social change in Pinochet's Chile. Liverpool, U.K. : Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool. pp. 107-120. (ILAS Monograph Series, no. 17) ISBN 9780902806252


Seetzen, Heidi, Goldsmith, Carlie, Ramsden, Mark, Gallant, Gemma and Willis, Tony (2014) The final report of the Malden Manor community project. (Project Report) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University and The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 49 p.

Twigger-Ross, C, Coates, T, Deeming, H, Orr, P, Ramsden, M and Stafford, J (2011) Community resilience research: Final report on theoretical research and analysis of case studies, report to the Cabinet Office and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd. 52 p.

Lyon, Fergus, Ramsden, Mark and Burch, Julie (2005) Evaluation of the support for Enterprising Communities Pilot Project. (Project Report) Nottingham, U.K. : Department for Education and Skills. 46 p. ISBN 1844785076

North, D, Ramsden, M, Burch, J and Sanderson, I (2004) Barriers to employment in Newham. (Project Report) London, U.K. : London Borough of Newham.

North, D, Lyon, F, Ramsden, M and Baldock, R (2004) Public service sectors in rural England. (Project Report) Cheltenham, U.K. : Commission for Rural Communities. 140 p.

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