Michael is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Education Studies. His work explores the Sociologies of Childhood and Education. His current book Childhood, Culture and Society (Sage) was published in 2018. His previous books include Childhood (2015 Polity); Childhood and Society (2006 Palgrave) which went into a third edition in 2012; Contesting Childhood (1999 Routledge) and Schooling Welfare and Parental Responsibility (1995 Falmer).
His research interests are in children's participation, childhood and theory, children's transitions and home-school relations. He is currently running two projects exploring the educational needs and identity formation of young refugees.