Tim Strangleman, AcSSis Professor in Sociology at the University of Kent, Canterbury where he teaches social research methods, sociology of work, deindustrialisation, unemployment, and social class. He is a qualitative researcher who combines oral history, semi-structured interviews alongside visual methods and approaches. He also uses auto/biography and archive material as part of his research. He has carried out research projects in the railway, mining, brewing, construction and engineering sectors. He has also studied the NHS, teachers and bankers. He is interested in changing work identity and meaning and the impact of deindustrialisation on communities. He has written two books Work identity at the end of the line? Privatisation and culture change in the UK railway industry, 2004, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Work and Society: Sociological Approaches, Themes and methods, 2008, London, Routledge, with Tracey Warren.