1984-1988 D.Phil 'Youth and Unemployment in Rural Areas', University of York, Department of Sociology.
1980-83 BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, Upper Second, University of Durham.
[Academician of theAcademy of Social Sciences(AcSS), 2011-]
Deputy Director - Social Futures Institute (SoFI), University of Teesside, 2010-
Professor of Sociology, University of Teesside, 2002-
Reader in Sociology, University of Teesside, 1997-2002
Principal Lecturer in Sociology, University of Teesside, 1997
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Teesside, 1992-1997
Research Fellow, University of Durham, 1988-2002
Part-time Lecturer and DPhil Student in Sociology, University of York, 1984-1988
Selected Funded Research:
2013 Pioppi, D., (PI) University of Rome, MacDonald, R., (CI), plus others
Power2Youth - Freedom, dignity and justice: youth exclusion and inclusion in the South and East Mediterranean,European Union Framework 7, c. £2m, (c. £15k Teesside element).
2012,T. Shildrick (PI) and R. MacDonald,Poverty myths,Webb Memorial Trust, £15k.
2010, T. Shildrick (PI) Teesside University, R. MacDonald & A. Furlong, Glasgow University.
Inter-generational cultures of worklessness: popular myth or miserable reality?,Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £103k.
2008, T. Shildrick (PI), R. MacDonald & C. Webster.Two steps forward, two back? Understanding recurrent poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £105k.
2008,Dr. S. Sandberg (PI), UCL, R. MacDonald,Adolescent Stress: a literature review Nuffield Foundation, £45k.
2003,R. MacDonald (PI) plus three others,Poor Transitions,Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £45k.
1999, R. MacDonald (PI) & Les Johnston,Youth Transitions, Social Exclusion and Alternative Careers,Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £50k.
1998,R. MacDonald (PI),Youth, the Underclass and Social Exclusion, ESRC, £103k.
1990,MacDonald (PI), F. Coffield, University of Durham,Adults, Enterprise and New Forms of Work, ESRC, £82k.