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Dr John Clayton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

EE John Clayton Staffprofile 255John was born in Luton and grew up nearby until moving to Leicester to study for a degree in BA (Hons) Geography and Social and Economic History in 1997. Continuing his academic interests, he completed a research based Masters degree at the University of Leicester in Human Geography.

After a short break from the world of academia, John returned to take up an ESRC/ODPM sponsored PhD at Durham University in the Department of Geography between 2002-2006, which examined everyday geographies of multiculturalism amongst young people in the city of Leicester.

John then went on to work as a Research Associate at the University of Sunderland on an Economic and Social Research Council sponsored project with Prof. Gill Crozier and Prof. Diane Reay. examining the learning and socio-cultural experiences of working class students in different Higher Education institutions.

Following this he took up another Research Associate position, this time looking at digital inclusion and exclusion in the city of Sunderland with Dr. Stephen J Macdonald. This was part of an evaluation project sponsored by the Department Communities and Local Government and Sunderland Digital Challenge.

In 2009 John took up a Lectureship, followed by a Senior Lectureship in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sunderland in the Department of Social Sciences.

He arrived at Northumbria University in October 2013 to take up a Senior Lectureship in Human Geography.


  • Geography PhD October 01 2002
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Diasporic reorientations, Clayton, J., Manyena, B. 19 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Multiculturalism, Clayton, J. 1 Jan 2020, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Second Edition), Oxford, Elsevier
  • Dynamics of precarity among ‘new migrants’, Vickers, T., Clayton, J., Davison , H., Hudson, L., Cañadas, M., Biddle, P., Lilley, S. 3 Sep 2019, In: Mobilities
  • New directions in hate reporting research, Donovan, C., Clayton, J., MacDonald, S. 1 Jun 2019, In: Sociological Research Online
  • Temporal tensions, Clayton, J., Vickers, T. 1 Nov 2019, In: Time and Society
  • The contingent challenges of purposeful co-production, Clayton, J., Vickers, T. 1 Sep 2019, In: Area
  • Working the Borderlands, Crozier, G., Reay, D., Clayton, J. 3 Oct 2019, In: British Journal of Sociology of Education
  • Geography and Everyday Life, Clayton, J. 11 Jan 2018, Oxford Bibliographies: Geography, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • The disability bias: understanding the context of hate in comparison with other minority populations, Macdonald, S., Donovan, C., Clayton, J. 29 Mar 2017, In: Disability & Society
  • A critical portrait of hate crime/incident reporting in North East England: The value of statistical data and the politics of recording in an age of austerity, Clayton, J., Donovan, C., MacDonald, S. Oct 2016, In: Geoforum

PGR Supervision

  • Matthew Durey Postindustrial identities in the cultural and creative industries: exploring Newcastle upon Tyne and Hamburg Start: 01/10/2015
  • Kahina Meziant Start: 06/06/2019

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