School of Education and Sociology


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Dr George Ackers

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer - Sociology
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2218
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr George Karl Ackers is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth which he joined in 2013, before this he studied Sociology at Roehampton University, followed by an MA in Social Policy from the University of Nottingham. Completed in 2017 His PhD is on the sociology of work and entitled, ‘De-industrialisation and Masculine Work Identity in the Former Naval Repair Community of Medway, Kent’, with a full studentship funded by Huddersfield University. This study examines the impact of deindustrialisation on masculine work identity for generations of Medway men.

Teaching Responsibilities

In addition to providing the second year module, the sociology of work and employment, George contributes to a first year module, 'Studying Society', and Research design and analysis. At a post graduate level he has also provide MRes supervision for a study on intergenerational cohabitation and the so call ‘boomerang generation’. Alongside providing a post graduate lecture workshop on the value of different approaches to ‘text-based’ data analysis. George is also the head of level 5 for sociology.


George's intellectual interests centre on the sociology of work and how processes such as deindustrialisation affect ordinary peoples working lives, sense of identity and community. His PhD thesis stresses skilled men's ability to carefully adapt to and navigate the transition from industrial to post-industrial work. A topic he has published on in the journal article: George Karl Ackers (2014): Rethinking deindustrialisation and male career crisis, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. His most recent paper: George Karl Ackers (2018) Craft as work-life unity: the careers of skilled working class men and their sons and grandsons after deindustrialisation, Gender, Work & Organization, explores the continued significance of craft as a means for men to understand both their paid and domestic work as a meaningful and unified career. George is currently starting a new study of female trade workers who lost their jobs at the Portsmouth Dockyard as a result of deindustrialisation. A project that will provide an original perspective that allows the study of deindustrialisation to move beyond framing men as the norm. George has further interests in the topic of:

  • work and employment
  • masculinities and identity
  • age, intergenerational research and oral histories
  • craft and D.I.Y

Research profile

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