Coming from an East London/Gypsy background, Brian entered youth work in the early 1970s docklands. While working in youth work related situations around the world, including Israel, the Falkland Islands, Germany, the USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, Zambia, South Africa, China and Canada, Brian’s interest in identity and ethnicity flourished and today he is an internationally recognised authority on Gypsy Ethnicity, and the rights of Roma in Europe, having written widely on that subject, delivering papers most recently in the USA, Austria, Greece, Sweden and Slovenia as well as around the UK. In 2013 he started a three year research programme focusing on the social exclusion of Roma with partners in Spain, Germany and Turkey.
Currently Brian is developing a growing network of practitioners and academics concerned with the exploration of youth work and Islam and was involved with the Commonwealth Youth Project developing professional practice in youth work across South Asia (working in situ in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia). He recently organised and delivered youth work training in Iceland which drew participants from 15 European countries (speaking 13 different languages) and is working on a pan-European project looking at the inclusion of Roma
At the time of writing he has just completed another project with the Commonwealth Youth Programme – Youth Workers Creating Paths to Peace A Discussion Guide November 2015. He is involved in developing partnerships developing detached and outreach youth work with practitioners in Holland, Romania, UK and Malta.
Having written close to 90 books and numerous articles and learned papers, spoken regularly at conferences, on radio and TV, throughout the UK and beyond, Brian is a recognised and respected academic and writer in the field of professional youth and community work and informal education.
Brian is also a Magistrate (Justice of the Peace) with the North East London Bench. Relevant Publications include:
Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America (2005) AltaMira Press
Gypsy and Traveller Ethnicity: The social generation of an Ethnicity (2005) Routledge
Black Routes : Legacy of African Diaspora (2007) Hansib
Developing Critical Youth Work Theory (2009) Sense
Radical Youth Work: Developing Critical Perspectives and Professional Judgement (2009) Russell House