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Dr Alpesh Maisuria

Senior Lecturer;  Cass School of Education and Communities

International Centre for Public Pedagogy

Alpesh's expertise is in education policy and the critical sociology of education

    Alpesh's research is based on the neoliberalisation of education and specifically academic labour.

    Senior Lecturer Education Studies

    Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) Deputy Chief Editor

    Editorial Board for Educational Theory

    International Advisory Board Member International Conference on Critical Education (ICCE)

    Co-convenor of Marxism and Education Renewing Dialogues (MERD) seminar series

    BA Hons Education Studies

    MA Education: Culture, Language and Identity (Distinction)

    PgCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HEA Fellow)

    PhD Sociology of Education

    External Examiner Bradford College

    Visiting scholar at Goteborg and Uppsala universities, Sweden

    I have previously held other vising roles in Japan and Australia


    Alpesh Maisuria is a Senior Lecturer interested in social class, educational policy, Marxism. His current research (with colleagues in Australia, USA and Sweden) is based on the neoliberalisation of education and specifically academic labour. He also has expertise on ideology -Swedish social democracy /Cuban communism and education policy.

    Alpesh’s doctoral thesis (UCL's Institute of Education) focussed on social class in Sweden.    

    Alpesh is available for media interviews on issues of educational policy and reform, particularly academies, testing and the class based-nature of schooling and universities.
    Also, see the interests tab and google Alpesh Maisuria.



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    Maisuria, A (2018) Class Consciousness and Education in Sweden: A Marxist Analysis of Revolution in a Social Democracy. London: Routledge.

    Maisuria, A, Beach, D, Edwards, G, and Themelis, S (2017) Critical Realism for Marxist Sociology of Education, Grant Banfield: A Book Review Symposium. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 15(2).

    Maisuria, A; and Beach, D (2017) Ethnography and Education. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press.

    Maisuria, A (2017) Mystification of production and feasibility of alternatives Social class inequality and education. In Cole, M. (2017) Education, Equality and Human Rights [4th Ed]. London: Routledge.

    Maisuria, A, and Cole, M (2017) The Neoliberalisation of Higher Education in England: An Alternatives is Possible: Policy Futures in Education. Vol 15 (3) pp.602-619

    Maisuria, A (2017) Neoliberal capitalism by Dr Alpesh Maisuria. Short documentary.

    Maisuria, A (2016) Reclaiming school’s 2016 pamphlet: Our Children Are More Than a Score: Why We Need Alternative to Relentless Testing. Testing Times and the Thirst for Data – for What? National Union of Teachers.

    Banfield, G., Maisuria, A and Raduntz, H. (2016) The (Im)possibility of the Intellectual Worker Inside the Neoliberal University. Educação & Formação [Journal of Education & Training]. 1(3)

    Maisuria, A. (2016) Class Struggle in Cultural Formation in Contemporary Times: A Focus on the Theoretical Importance of Antonio Gramsci and the Organic Intellectualism of Russell Brand and Pablo Iglesias. In McLaren, L and Monzo, L. (2017) (eds.) Revolution and Education Special Issue Knowledge Cultures Journal, Addleton Academic Publishers. 5(1)

    Hill, D., Lewis, C., Maisuria, A. Yarker, P. and Hill, J. (2016) Conservative Education Policy Reloaded: Policy, Ideology and Impacts in England. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 14(3). Online at

    Marmol, E; Hill, D; Maisuria, A; Nocella, A; and Parenti, M (2015) The Corporate University: An E-interview. Critical Education. The Institute for Critical Education Studies.

    Hill, D; Lewis, C; Maisuria, A; Yarker, P and Carr, J (2015) Neoliberal and Neoconservative Immiseration Capitalism in England: Policies and Impacts on Society and on Education. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. The Institute for Education Policy Studies, Vol 13, No2

    Maisuria, A. (2015) Margaret Thatcher’s Legacy, Academisation and the Demise of State Education, British, Education Research Association Blog:

    Maisuria, A. (2014) The Neoliberalisation Policy Agenda and its Consequences in England: A Focus on Resistance Now and Possibilities for the Future. Policy Futures in Education. Vol 12 (2) pp 286-296

    Hill, D; Lewis, C; Maisuria, A and Yarker, P. (2013) Austerity Capitalism and Education in Britain. In Hill, D. (2013). Immiseration Capitalism and Education: Austerity, Resistance and Revolt. Brighton, Institute for Education Policy Studies

    Canaan, J; Hill, D; Maisuria, A. (2013) Resistance in Britain. In Hill, D. (2013). Immiseration Capitalism and Education: Austerity, Resistance and Revolt. Brighton, Institute for Education Policy Studies

    Maisuria, A. (2011) A Critical Appraisal of Critical Race Theory (CRT): Limitations and Opportunities. In Bhopal, K. and Preston, J. (eds.) (2011) Intersectionality and Race in Education. London: Routledge. Pp76-97

    Maisuria, A. (2011) Critical Race Theory Matters: Education and Ideology. M. Zamudio, C. Russell, MA Rios and JL Bridgeman: New York and London: British Journal of Educational Studies. Book Review. Routledge. Pp 192

    Maisuria, A. (2010) Ten Years of New Labour Race Education Policy: An Act of whiteness or Neo-Liberal practice? In Green, T. (2011) (ed.) Blair's Educational Legacy: Thirteen Years of New Labour: Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues, Marxism and Education Series, Palgrave. Pp171-193

    Cole, M. and Maisuria, A. (2010) Racism and Islamophobia in post 7/7 Britain: Critical Race Theory, (Xeno-) Racialization, Empire and Education: A Marxist Analysis. In Kelsh, D. Hill, D. and Macrine, S. (eds.) Class in Education: Knowledge, Pedagogy, Subjectivity. New York: Routledge. Pp108-128

    Hill, D. Greaves, N. and Maisuria, A. (2009) Education, Inequality and Neoliberal Capitalism: A Classical Marxist Analysis. In Hill, D. and Kumar, R. (eds.) Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences. New York: Routledge. Pp102-127

    Maisuria, A. (2009) "Race" and Social Class in Racism: a critical case study of education in Sweden: Proceedings of the 2009 Centre for Education for Social Justice Seminar Series. Held at the Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. Available from

    Hill, D. Maisuria, A. and Greaves, N. (2008) Does capitalism inevitably increase education inequality? In Holsinger, D. B., and Jacob, W. J. (Eds.) Inequality in Education: Comparative and International Perspectives. Hong Kong, Comparative Education Research Centre: Springer.

    Cole, M. and Maisuria, A. (2007) 'Shut the f*** up', 'you have no rights here': Critical Race Theory and Racialisation in post-7/7 racist Britain. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. The Institute for Education Policy Studies, Vol 5, No1

    Greaves, N, Hill, D. and Maisuria, A. (2007) Embourgeoisment, Immiseration, Commodification - Marxism Revisited: A Critique of Education in Capitalist Systems. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. The Institute for Education Policy Studies, Vol 5, No1

    Maisuria, A. and Themelis, S. (2006) Where has youth radicalism gone? Political Participation and Democratic Pedagogy: An e-dialogue between Alpesh Maisuria and Spyros Themelis. Information for Social Change Journal, Special Issue: Education for Social Change, No23. Summer 2006.

    Maisuria, A. (2006) An autobiographical account of 'Race' Policy in Britain. Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, Vol 48, No1.

    Maisuria, A.,Cole, M,. and Hill, D (2006) Marxism: Some Popular Misconceptions: Brighton. Institute for Education Policy Studies.

    Maisuria, A. (2005) The Turbulent Times of Creativity in the National Curriculum. Policy Futures in Education, Vol 3, No 2, pp.141-152.

    Maisuria, A. (2005) Sexy Words, Iconic Phrases and Slippery Terms - It's all Newspaper Talk: A Theoretical Analysis of the Language Used By the Newspaper Industry to Manifest and Perpetuate the Discourse. Information for Social Change Journal, No22. Winter 2005/6.


    £5000, 2015 Civic Engagement Funding for Student Transformations Project exploring the politicisation of BA Education Studies students at UEL  (with Tom Boronski and Ayo Mansaray)

    £10,000, 2013 Sweden and Social Class consciousness project, Funded by Anglia Ruskin University

    £3000, 2006 Learning and Teaching Excellence funding, University of Wolverhampton


    Academies/Free Schools, testing, league tables, de-professionalisation of educators

    University student fees, marketisation of HE

    Social class, Marxism, Socialism, Cuba

    Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, Blairism/Thatcherism

    Sweden, social democracy

    Alternatives to capitalism



    Comparative Education

    Sociology of Education

    Debates in Education


    EdD and PhD teaching and supervision