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Mark Ramsden


Dr Mark Ramsden is a Lecturer in Sociology.

Mark completed his undergraduate and masters degree at Liverpool University and continued at Liverpool to complete a PhD examining the evolution of the labour market in Chile during the1980s and 1990s.

His current research explores social and spatial inequalities and how they are shaped by global, social and economic forces, and how both the social and spatial aspects interrelate. With experience of working in a number of different environments, in particular Human Geography and Sociology, Mark takes an inter-disciplinary approach and combines broad sociological knowledge with specific quantitative empirical research. In particular Mark has been exploring the relationship between housing and labour markets, schooling and ethnicity. Recent research focuses on how social and spatial inequalities are reproduced via the family, through education and labour markets, and how social class becomes expressed in terms of occupation and educational achievement. An ESRC funded project investigated gentrification in London and the significance of parental schooling decisions on the process of social upgrading of neighbourhoods and how this may vary according ethnicity.

Teaching interests

Research methods, quantitative methods of data analysis, mapping and other methods for depicting social data, social and spatial inequality, global social and economic development and change.

Previous appointments

2010 – 2014 Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kingston.

2007 - 2010 Lecturer in Social and Spatial Inequalities, University of Sheffield.

2005 - 2007 Research Fellow, Department of Geography, King’s College London.

2003 - 2005 Senior Researcher, Centre for Enterprise & Economic Development Research (CEEDR), University of Middlesex.

2000 - 2003 Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

2000 - 2000 Research Associate, Department of Computing and Management Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University.

1999 – 2000 Labour Market Intelligence Research Officer, University of Manchester.


Hamnett, C., Butler, T. and Ramsden, M. (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): 553-547.

Butler, T., Hamnett, C., and Ramsden, M. (2013) Gentrification, Education and Exclusionary Displacement in East London. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37(2): 556-75.

Hennig, B., Pritchard, J., Ramsden, M. and Dorling, D. (2010) ‘Remapping the World’s Population: Visualizing Data Using Cartograms’, ArcUser, Winter 2010: 66-69.

Butler, T., Hamnett, C., and Ramsden, M. (2008) Inward and Upwards? Marking out social class change in London 1981-2001, Urban Studies, 45(1): 67-88.

Butler, T., Hamnett, C., Ramsden, M., and Mir, S. (2008) ‘Socio Demographic impacts of change in East London’, in Cohen, P., and Rustin, M. (eds.) London’s Turning London, Ashgate.

Ramsden, M., Bennett, R. J., and Fuller, C. (2007) Local Economic Development and the Transition from TECs to New Institutional Structures: Partnership, Discretion and Local Flexibility, Policy Studies, 28(3): 225-245.

Hamnett, C., Ramsden, M. and Butler, T. (2007) Social background, ethnicity and educational attainment in East London, Urban Studies, 44(7): 1255-1280.

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): 7-29.

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

Shaw, B. and Ramsden, M. (2007) Doing It Yourself: Artist-led Galleries, the ‘Alternative’ and Autonomy, Printed Project, 8: 69-74.

Lyon, F. and Ramsden, M. (2006) Developing fledgling social enterprise? A study of the support required and means of delivering it, Social Enterprise Journal, 2(1): 27-41.

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): 227-243.

Lyon, F., Evans, M., Ramsden, M., and Birch, J. (2005) Evaluation of the Support for Enterprising Communities Pilot Project, DfES Research Report 653, HMSO: Nottingham, ISBN 1 84478 507 6.

Ramsden, M., Bennett, R. J., and Fuller, C. (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): 397-420.

Bennett, R. J, Fuller, C., and Ramsden. M. (2004) ‘Local Government and Local Economic Development in Britain: An Evaluation of Developments Under New Labour’, Progress in Planning, 62(4): 209-274.

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): 139-165.

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, 22(3): 317-347.

North, D., Ramsden, M., Birch, J. and Sanderson, I. (2004) ‘Barriers to Employment in Newham, Report to London Borough of Newham June 2004, http:www.newham/info/research/reports.htm

Ramsden, M. and Shaw, B. (2003) ‘Stazione di Topolò: Changing the World or Escaping it?’, Third Text, 17(2): 1-12.

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): 2025-2051.

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(3/4): 231-246.

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): 421-443.

Ramsden, M. (1995) ‘Supply, Demand, Unemployment and Wages in the Chilean Labour Market: 1983 to 1993’, Neo-Liberalism With a Human Face? The Politics and Economics of the Chilean Model, D.E. Hojman (ed.), Liverpool: University of Liverpool ILAS Monograph Series, 20: 171-198.

Hojman, D.E. and Ramsden, M. (1993), ‘Employment and the Labour Market in Chile: trends, fluctuations, and prospects for the 1990s’, The Legacy of Dictatorship: Political, Economic and Social Change in Pinochet's Chile, A. Angell and B. Pollack (eds.), University of Liverpool, ILAS Monograph Series, 17: 107-120.

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  • Dr Ramsden supervises graduate students