Currently, I serve as the School’s Director of Research. I have a long-standing background of interest and involvement in lifelong learning. Recent publications include edited collections on Mental Capital and Wellbeing and Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning. I have just completed a new book on British work camp systems before 1939, which is being published in 2013 by Manchester University Press, and am editor of the new Sage Handbook on Aging, Work & Society (also due in 2013).
Externally, I serve as a Visiting Professor of Birkbeck College, University of London. I currently chair the Advisory Board for the ESRC Research Centre on Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), University of London. I served as a commissioner of the National Commission of Inquiry on the Future of Lifelong Learning. A summary of the commission's findings can be read here.
Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning. crll.gcal.ac
BBC News Items
Work camps that tackled Depression
How 1930s work camps operated (online video)
- Working men’s bodies: work camps in Britain, 1880-1940,Manchester University Press, 2013
- Sage Handbook of Aging, Work & Society (edited by John Field, Ronald J Burke and Cary L Cooper), Sage 2013
- Improving Learning Across the Lifecourse: Learning lives (with Gert Biesta, Phil Hodkinson, Flora Macleod and Ivor Goodson), Routledge, 2011,
- Remaking Adult Learning: Essays in honour of Alan Tuckett (edited with J. Derrick, U. Howard, P. Lavender, Sue Meyer, E. Nuissl von Rein and T. Schuller), Institute of Education, London, 2011, 266 pp.
- C. Cooper, J. Field, U. Goswami, R. Jenkins & B. Sahakhian (Eds.) (2010), Mental Capital and Well-being (pp.17-31). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning (ed. with Jim Gallacher and Robert Ingram), Routledge, 2009, 240pp.
- Social Capital and Lifelong Learning, Policy Press, Bristol, 2005, 190 pp.
- Social Capital, Routledge, London, 2003, pp. 165. Italian edition published as Il capitale sociale: un’introduzione by Erikson (2004).
- Lifelong Learning and the New Educational Order, Trentham Press, 2000, pp. 181. Second fully revised edition 2006, 204 pp. Japanese edition 2004.
- Social Capital: critical perspectives (ed. with Steve Baron and Tom Schuller), Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 307.
- European Dimensions: Education, Training and the European Union, Jessica Kingsley, London, 1998, pp. 224.
- Learning Through Labour: training, unemployment and the state, 1890-1939. Leeds University. 1992. pp. iv + 211.
Journal articles since 2001
- An Anti-Urban Education? Work camps and ideals of the land in interwar Britain, Rural History, 23, 2, 2012, 213-28
- Transitions in lifelong learning: public issues, private troubles, liminal identities, Studies for the Learning Society, 2, 3, 2012, 4-11 (https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/7380)
- Life History Approaches to Access and Retention of Non-traditional Students in Higher Education (with Barbara Merrill and Linden West), RELA: Recherche europpéenne en l’apprenance des adultes, 3, 1, 2012, 77-89 (https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/4765)
- Transitions and lifelong learning: signposts, pathways, road closed? Lifelong Learning in Europe, 17, 1, 2012, 5-11
- Researching the benefits of learning: the persuasive power of longitudinal studies, London Review of Education, 2011, 9, 3, 283-92 (https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/3673)
- Adult learning, health and well-being – changing lives? The Adult Learner: Irish journal of adult & community education, 2011, 13-25
- Service learning in Britain between the Wars: university students and unemployed camps, History of Education, pre-print on iFirst (DOI:10.1080/0046760X.2011.582047)
- Biesta, G.J.J., Field, J., & Tedder, M. (2010). A time for learning: Representations of time and the temporal dimensions of learning through the lifecourse. Zeitschift fur Pädagogik 56(3), 317-327.
- Field, J. (2010). Lifelong Learning. In P. Peterson, E. Baker & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (pp. 89-95). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
- Good for your Soul? Adult learning and mental well-being, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 28, 2, 2009, 175-91
- The Mental Wealth of Nations (with J. Beddington, C. Cooper, U. Goswami, F. Huppert, R. Jenkins, H. S. Jones, T. Kirkwood, B. Sahakhian, S. Thomas), Nature, 455, 23 October 2008, 1057-60
- Partnerships in and for lifelong learning, Lifelong Learning in Europe, xiii, 1, 2008, 40-45
- Behaviourism and vocational education and training, 1940-1975: the programmed instruction movement in Britain, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 59, 3, 2007, 313-29
- Bologna and an Established System of Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees: the example of adult education in Britain, Bildung und Erziehung, 58, 2, 2005, 207-19
- Articulation and Credit Transfer in Scotland: Taking the academic highroad or a sideways step in a ghetto? Journal of Access Policy & Practice, 1, 2, 2004, 85-99
- Promoting Social Capital in a ‘Risk Society’: a new approach to emancipatory learning or a new moral authoritarianism? (with Kathryn Ecclestone), British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24, 3, 2003, 267-81
- Civic engagement and lifelong learning: survey findings on social capital and attitudes towards learning, Studies in the Education of Adults, 35, 2, 2003, 142-157
- Social Capital: an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development (with Sue Kilpatrick and Ian Falk), British Educational Research Journal, 29, 3, 2003, 417-33
- Attitudes towards lifelong learning, Labour Market Bulletin, 17, 2003, 174-79
- Badania nad calozyciowym uczeniem sie doroslych: tendencje I perspektywy w swiecie anglojezyczynym, Kwartalnik Mysli Spoleczno-Pedagogicznej Teraznjejszosc Czlowjek Edukacja, 21, 1, 2003, 63-81
- Understanding Participation in Learning for Non-traditional Adult Learners: learning careers and the construction of learning identities (with Beth Crossan, Jim Gallacher and Barbara Merrill), British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24, 1, 2003, 55-67
- Educational Studies Beyond School, British Journal of Educational Studies, 50, 1, 2002, 120-144
- Lifelong education, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 20, 1-2, 2001, 3-15
- Ambivalent Identities: The role of risk and contingency in adults’ descriptions of participation in education and training. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 7, 1, 2001, 75-92.
- Recreating Apprenticeship: lessons from the Irish standards-based model (with Michéal O Dubhchair), Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 53, 2, 2001, 247-61.
Complete list of publications Aug 2001 - July 2006
Recent Book Chapters
- Learning from our lives, in Peter Jarvis (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Learning, Routledge, London, 2012,176-83
- Learning in Working Life: Agency, identity and workplace learning, in R. Catts, I. Falk and R. Wallace (eds.), Vocational Learning: Innovative theory and practice, Springer, Dordrecht, 2011, 229-42
- Biography and generation, in Herzberg, H. and Kammler, E. (eds.), Biographie und Gesellschaft. Überlegungen zu einer Theorie des modernen Selbst. Frankfurt: Campus, 2011, 379-96
- Lifelong learning, welfare and mental well-being into older age: trends and policies in Europe, in Gillian Boulton-Lewis and Siu Ling Tam (eds.), Active ageing, active learning: Issues and challenges, Springer, Dordrecht, 2011, 11-20
- Soziale Netzwerke und Übergänge im Lernen, in S. Vater, W. Kellner + W. Jütte, (eds.), Erwachsenenbildung und Sozialkapital, Lit Verlag, Vienna, 2011, 33-49
- Seriously useless learning? Potential and limits of recent research on the benefits of learning, pp. 220-29 in J. Derrick et al. (eds.), Remaking Adult Learning, Institute of Education, 2011
- Lifelong Learning, pp. 89-95 in Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker and Barry McGaw (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2010
- Field, J. (2010). Promoting equality through lifelong learning. In R. Dempsey (ed.), Equality in a Time of Change: Mainstreaming equality in further education, training and labour market programmes (pp. 6-13). Dublin: Equality Authority
- Field, J., & Malcolm, I. (2010). Learning in emotional labour and emotion work. In L. Cooper & S. Walters (Eds.), Learning/Work: Turning work and learning inside out (pp.169-181). Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council Press.
- Field, J. (2010). Models of provision of lifelong learning: how is it done around the world? In C. Cooper, J. Field, U. Goswami, R. Jenkins & B. Sahakhian (Eds.), Mental Capital and Well-being (pp.17-31). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
My research interests encompass the social and economic contexts of adult learning, policy in lifelong learning, and the history of adult education and training. Together with Professor Gert Biesta, I co-directed the Learning Lives project (www.learninglives.org), which is now being written up for publication. The project examines the meaning and significance of formal and informal learning in the lives of adults, and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of its Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Theoretically, it is concerned with the interplay of learning with structure, agency, identity and change over the life course.
I am also involved in a transnational study of Access and Retention: Experiences of non-traditional learners in higher education (http://www.ranlhe.dsw.edu.pl/). Our research looks at how non-traditional students in higher education experience the processes of learning, how they perceive themselves as learners and how their identity as learners develops. It involves case studies in seven European countries, and is funded by the European Commission.
Doctoral Supervisory Interests
This member of staff is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following subject areas:
- Lifelong learning policies
- Participation in adult learning
- History of education and training
- Comparative study of adult learning