Owen Crankshaw’s current research addresses the following debates:
- The pattern and causes of the changing class structure of global, de-industrialising cities and its implications for class and racial inequality (The polarisation/ professionalisation debate).
- The post-Fordist spatial order of cities and its implications for racial inequality (the spatial mismatch debate). This entails the study the changing geography of business locations, job search methods and recruitment practices to understand what this means for how low-skilled workers both find and secure jobs.
He teaches courses on research methods, social theory and urban studies. His particular research expertise lies in sample surveys and the use of official statistics.
Owen co-authored the Urban Transformations key debate on a 2030 Policy Endorsement of a Sustainable Future: Implications for Urban Research.