Gavin Bailey is a sociologist and social researcher, specialising in community cohesion, extremism, and democracy/ community engagement. For the past decade he has worked for social research companies, think-tanks, government agencies and universities, researching the 'hard to reach'. Since completing his doctorate on the relationship between far-right and radical Islamist activists and the wider community, he has continued academic work at the University of Leicester and spent a short time on a spin-off project, Democratic Futures. He is currently working at Manchester Metropolitan University's Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.
After a maths and natural sciences degree at Cambridge University, he helped run a small chain of record shops for a few years before returning to education, doing an MA at Goldsmiths College's Centre for Urban and Community Research. He then worked as a researcher for the Future Foundation and Vision 21, before combining a research post with the Community Development Foundation with the beginnings of a PhD at Goldsmiths. He returned to his native North Staffordshire to continue the doctorate at Keele University.
Outside his research work, Gavin is a school governor and helps run a housing co-operative. He also enjoys playing and watching football, cycling, and is learning to climb. Listening to, and reading about, music is his other passion: his favourites and new finds may appear in the twitter feed under #nowplaying.