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Research interests

Gentrification and education; Urban schooling and educational policy and reform; ethno-racial identities, attainment gaps, and trajectories in higher education and schooling; Theorising the roles and positions of teaching assistants in schools; Young people’s educational trajectories and aspirations; theorising the social functions of humour; Bourdieu and micro-sociology.


Biographical details

I am a sociologist of education with extensive research experience of education focused projects, drawing on ethnographic, qualitative and mixed-method aapproaches.  Substantively I am concerned with how educational realities are locally produced through social interaction, and the differentiated cultural, symbolic and material resources which frame those encounters. I am thus interested in developing empirically grounded, and theoretically contextualised, understandings of educational processes, policies, and practices. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, The roles and positions of teaching assistants in two urban primary schools: an ethnographic study of work and social change, IoE Institute of Education

Award Date: 3 Aug 2012

Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Master of Science, Middlesex University

Award Date: 3 Aug 2003

Philosophy, Master of Arts, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 3 Nov 2001

Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 11 Jul 2000


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