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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.