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Dr Mark Cieslik

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Mark Cieslik has been teaching sociology and conducting research since the 1990s, initially at the University of Teesside and from 2009 at Northumbria University. He has worked on projects exploring youth transitions; the role of literacy in identities and life chances and several projects exploring everyday experiences of happiness and wellbeing. He has published mongraphs and textbooks and edited books around young people, biographies, ageing and wellbeing. Mark has taught across the undergraduate sociology curriculum including social theory, offering specialist options in education; young people; and happiness/wellbeing. Mark has been programme leader for sociology at various points since he 1990s; been convenor for British Sociological Association Youth Study Group and also the Happiness Study Group, organising various seminars and conferences around these areas of research.   

Mark Cieslik

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Mark has undertaken research into the life course and biographies since the 1990s, initially around young people and education, then basic skills and literacies and more recently focusing on wellbeing and happiness. Mark's recent projects involve everyday experiences of wellbeing as well research into mindfulness and also a comparative qualitative study of wellbeing in the Netherlands and the UK.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life, Cieslik, M. 2017
  • The influence of basic skills and literacy practices on youth transitions and identities, Cieslik, M., Simpson, D. 14 Oct 2016, Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood (Second Edition), Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Youth Studies: Fundamental Issues and Debates, Cieslik, M. 1 Mar 2016, In: Cultural Sociology
  • Basic skills, literacy practices and the 'Hidden Injuries of Class', Cieslik, M., Simpson, D. 28 Feb 2015, In: Sociological Research Online
  • 'Not Smiling but Frowning': Sociology and the 'Problem of Happiness', Cieslik, M. Jun 2015, In: Sociology
  • Introduction: Happiness Studies [Editorial], Cieslik, M. 30 May 2014, In: Sociological Research Online
  • NE-Generation: Legacy Trust Programme for the North East Phase I Evaluation Report, Biddle, P., Cieslik, M. 2011
  • Living with poor basic skills? The role of 'skills for life' in education-to-work transitions, Cieslik, M., Simpson, D. 2009, Transitions from education to work : new perspectives from Europe and beyond, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • Basic skills and transitions to adulthood, Simpson, D., Cieslik, M. 1 Nov 2007, In: Young
  • Reflexivity, learning identities and adult basic skills in the United Kingdom, Cieslik, M. 1 Apr 2006, In: British Journal of Sociology of Education

PGR Supervision

  • George Stobbart Children from Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Families: Exploring Processes of 'Integration' Within a Dispersal Area Start Date: 23/10/2013
  • Deborah Booth Narratives of Bonded Labour Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Richard Gibbons Happiness and the Body: Wellbeing through an Embodiment Lens Start Date: 08/02/2018


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