Dr Nathan Manning



  • PhD (Flinders University, South Australia)
  • BA (Hons) (Flinders University, South Australia)

Before joining the department in September 2013, Nathan worked as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Applied Research at the University of Bradford. Nathan completed his undergraduate and PhD studies in Australia at Flinders University. His PhD research used qualitative methods to examine young people’s understandings and practice of politics. After moving to the UK, Nathan collaborated with Mary Holmes (University of Edinburgh) on a project which investigated political disengagement and dissatisfaction amongst members of the white working class. His current project is funded by the British Academy and draws upon the Mass Observation Archive to explore political (dis)engagement and feelings of dissatisfaction longitudinally. 



Nathan’s primary research interests relate to citizenship and civic/political participation and also the role emotions play in political (dis)engagement and feelings of dissatisfaction. His previous work has covered homophobia and masculinity, young people’s civic/political participation, and adult dissatisfaction with electoral politics. Much of his research is about empirically engaging with the implications (and extent) of individualisation and reflexive modernity.

Nathan has recently edited a book on political (dis)engagement and the changing nature of the ‘political’. This work brought together academic accounts of how the practice and meaning of politics is changing together with the experiences of activists and campaigners.

Work is also underway on a project exploring political (dis)engagement and feelings of political dissatisfaction longitudinally. This research uses the Mass Observation Archive to examine people’s responses to British general elections between 1983 and 2015.

He is also interest in applying systematic review methods to public policy issues. Recent work has included a review of the effectiveness of civic education for increasing young people’s political participation rates.

Together with Brian Loader and Nisha Kapoor, Nathan is Co-Director of the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication.


Selected publications


Book Chapters

  • Manning, N. (2011) ‘Conclusion’ in K. Haines, C. Lockwood, (eds.) Synthesising Qualitative Research: Choosing the Right Approach, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 161-171.

Journal Articles:

  • Manning, N. (2017) 'The Veil of Duty: Can dutiful formsof citizenship mask feelings of political dissatisfaction?', British Politics. DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0060-x
  • Manning, N., Penfold-Mounce, R., Loader, B.D., Vromen, A. & Xenos, M. (2016): Politicians, celebrities and social media: a case of informalisation?, Journal of Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1206867
  • Manning, N. and Edwards, K.(2014) ‘Why has civic education failed to increase young people’s political participation?’ Sociological Research Online . Available at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/1/5.html
  • Holmes, M. and N. Manning (2013) ‘“Them that runs the country don’t know what they’re doing”: Political Dissatisfaction Amongst Members of the White Working Class’, The Sociological Review 61:479–498
  • Manning, N. and Edwards, K. (2013) ‘Does Civic Education for Young People Increase Political Participation? A systematic review’, Educational Review DOI:10.1080/00131911.2013.763767.
  • Manning, N. and Holmes, H. (2013) ‘“He’s snooty ‘im”: Exploring ‘white working class’ political disengagement, Citizenship Studies 17(3-4): 479-490.
  • Manning, N. and Holmes, M. (2013) ‘Political emotions: A role for feelings of affinity in citizens’ (dis)engagements with electoral politics?’ Sociology: DOI: 10.1177/0038038513500103
  • Manning, N. (2013) ‘“I mainly look at things on an issue by issue basis.” Reflexivity and Phronêsis: Young Adults Conceptualisation and Practice of Politics’, Journal of Youth Studies 16(1): 17-33.
  • Manning, N. (2012) ‘The Relational self and Young People’s Engagements with Politics’, Journal of Sociology DOI: 10.1177/1440783312467094
  • Manning, N. (2010) 'Tensions in Young People's Conceptualisation and Practice of Politics’, Sociological Research Online 15 (4) 11 [online] Available at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/15/4/11.html
  • McMurran, M. Riemsma, R. Manning, N. Misso, K. Kleijnen, J. (2011) ‘Interventions for Alcohol-Related Offending by Women: A Systematic Review’ Clinical Psychology Review 31:909-922.


Dr Nathan Manning

Contact details

Dr Nathan Manning
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323048