Mark Cieslik

Mark Cieslik


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Mark is interested in supervising projects that involve a biographical or life course approach particularly utilising qualitative narrative methods. Projects that focus on wellbeing, happiness and everyday experiences of life are particularly welcome.

Personal profile

Research interests

Mark has undertaken research into the life course and biographies since the 1990s, initially around young people and education, then basic skills and literacies and more recently focusing on wellbeing and happiness. Mark's recent projects involve everyday experiences of wellbeing as well research into mindfulness and also a comparative qualitative study of wellbeing in the Netherlands and the UK.


Mark Cieslik has been teaching sociology and conducting research since the 1990s, initially at the University of Teesside and from 2009 at Northumbria University. He has worked on projects exploring youth transitions; the role of literacy in identities and life chances and several projects exploring everyday experiences of happiness and wellbeing. He has published mongraphs and textbooks and edited books around young people, biographies, ageing and wellbeing. Mark has taught across the undergraduate sociology curriculum including social theory, offering specialist options in education; young people; and happiness/wellbeing. Mark has been programme leader for sociology at various points since he 1990s; been convenor for British Sociological Association Youth Study Group and also the Happiness Study Group, organising various seminars and conferences around these areas of research.   

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD

30 Jun 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997


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