Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Adam Formby

Teaching Fellow

I have been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds since September 2014. This was after completing a research internship at the Chronic Disorders of Consciousness research unit in the Department of Sociology at the University of York (2013-14). I obtained my PhD at the University of York (2010 – 2016) in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Outside of higher education, I have worked both in the social housing and social care sectors.

Research Interests

My research focusses most dominantly on educational transitions to work (as well as the sociology and social policy of youth more broadly), with a substantive focus is on graduate transitions to the UK labour market. My PhD thesis examined the pathways of graduates in the post-recession UK labour market – examining how transitions differed, experiences of precarity, perceptions of inequality and welfare-to-work related stigma (through exploring interactions with Jobcentre Plus).  

I also have several other research interests including:

  • Youth transitions, subcultures and intergenerational inequality
  • Social mobility
  • Vocational educational pathways
  • Employment, precarity and welfare-to-work
  • Higher education policy (and graduate transitions)
  • Policy and realist evaluation (particularly in small charity/policy contexts)
  • Prolonged disorders of consciousness


I have several teaching and administrative responsibilities in the school of Sociology and Social Policy. I am a module convenor of Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods alongside Dr Lisa Buckner and Dr Albert Varela – specialising in qualitative research methods. I also convene the following modules:

  • Research and Studying the Social Sciences – Study Skills (foundation)
  • Access-to-Leeds (an online module for prospective undergraduate students)  
  • Sociology of Work (level 2)
  • Sociology/Social Policy Dissertations (level 3)

Further, I provide guest lectures across the curriculum in several research areas mainly in the areas of social policy, youth and research methodology. I am also Level One Director.  

Key Publications

Journal articles

Internet publications

  • Formby A, Hudson J, Viewpoint: From Cradle to College?, (Discover Society, 2015)

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