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Dr Andrew Wilkins

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Cass School of Education and Communities

Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Andrew joined the University of East London in 2015. Prior to this he was Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds in 2003 and postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths in 2005 before obtaining his PhD in Social Policy at the Open University in 2009.



    Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education and REF Impact Coordinator for UoA 23 Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Andrew was Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton before joining the University of East London in 2015.  Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Leeds in 2003, postgraduate degree in research methods at Goldsmiths in 2005 and PhD in social policy at the Open University in 2009.

    Andrew’s research is broadly situated in the field of education policy analysis and governance studies with a focus on technocratic cultures and elites and their influence on education structures and processes.  He adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research that makes use of various conceptual frameworks, methodological tools and theoretical perspectives.

    Andrew has worked as a research associate/fellow on several projects including ESRC, HEA and EU Tempus-funded projects. His book Modernising School Governance: Corporate Planning and Expert Handling in State Education (Routledge 2016) was awarded joint-second prize by the Society for Educational Studies for books published in 2016.  Andrew’s new book is Education Governance and Social Theory: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research (Bloomsbury 2018).

    Andrew is module leader of two undergraduate modules at the University of East London: ED6000 Independent Research Project and ED6015 Dissertation.  He also supervises various doctoral students and undergraduate dissertation students and teaches on the EdD Professional Doctorate in Education programme.  Andrew is also external examiner for the Sociology of Education Umbrella Board at University College London (UCL) Institute of Education.

    Andrew is a member of several editorial boards including Journal of Education Policy, Critical Studies in Education, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Journal of Applied Social Theory and Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies.  He also co-convenes the British Education Research Association (BERA) Social Theory and Education special interest group (SIG) with Mark Murphy and is a member of several international research groups including the European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP), the International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP) and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.

    Andrew has been invited to peer review for numerous journals, book publishers and research councils as well as published in various international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Education Policy, Critical Social Policy, Critical Policy Studies, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and Journal of Educational Administration and History.  Andrew has also written for various websites and blogs including Education Uncovered, The Conversation and Democratic Audit.

    In terms of public engagement, Andrew is committed to external collaborations and partnerships with different stakeholders and charities.  In recent years Andrew has worked with various schools, school networks, education advisers and education training and support services to debate and rethink conventional approaches to school governance. 

    DEGREES

    PhD, Social Policy, Open University, UK (Oct 2005-Feb 2009)
    MRes (Merit) Social Science, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (Oct 2004-July 2005)
    BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Leeds, UK (Oct 2000-July 2003)

    PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

    FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Oct 2013-present)


    EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

    Journal of Education Policy (JEP); Editorial Advisory Board Member (Sept 2018-Present)
    Critical Studies in Education (CSE); Associate Editor Intern (Feb 2018-present)
    Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS); Editorial Advisory Board Member (Sept 2017-present)
    British Journal of Sociology of Education; Editorial Advisory Board Member (June 2017-present)
    Social Theory and Methodology in Education Research; Bloomsbury Book Series; Editorial Board Member (June 2016-present)
    Topical Issues of Pedagogy, Psychology and Professional Education (Ukrainian); Editorial Board (Feb 2016-present)
    Journal of Applied Social Theory; Editorial Board Member (Nov 2015-present)
    Journal of Pedagogy (Slovak); Executive Editor Panel Member (March 2014-present)

    RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS

    'Human Education in the Third Millennium’ Initiative Group; Participant (Sept 2018-Present)
    European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP); Member (Feb 2015-present)
    International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP); Member (April 2015-present)
    Network of Theory Application; Member (May 2015-present)
    Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change; Associate Member (May 2015-present)
    Governance and Governing RIG; BELMAS. Member (July 2015-present)
    Social Theory and Education SIG; BERA. Co-convener (Nov 2013-present)
    Higher Education Academy (HEA); Fellow (June 2013-present)
    Peer Review College; ESRC. Member (Oct 2012-present)

    EXTERNAL EXAMINER

    UCL Institute of Education; Appointed Taught Programme External Examiner for UCL on Sociology of Education Umbrella Board. Appointment confirmed for 4 years (June 2017-present)

    PROFILE

    BOOKS

    Wilkins, A. and Olmedo, A. (eds). 2018. Education governance and social theory: Interdisciplinary approaches to research. Bloomsbury: London

    Reviews:

    Skerritt, C. 2018. Journal of Education Policy. iFirst

    Wilkins, A. (2016) Modernising school governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education. Foreword by Stephen J. Ball. Routledge: London and New York. Awarded joint-second prize by the Society for Educational Studies (SES) for books published in 2016.

    Reviews:

    Craske, J. 2018. Management in Education, 32 (3), 143-143
    Papanastasiou, N. 2018. Journal of Education Policy, iFirst
    Stahl, G. 2018. Critical Studies in Education, 59 (2), 258-259
    Courtney, S. 2018. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39 (3), 407-411
    Booknotes. 2018. Critical Policy Studies, 12 (2), 249-251
    Mifsud, D., Riddell, R. & Dewes, I. 2018. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 16 (2), 211-229 
    Kilinc, E. 2017. Research in Social Sciences and Technology, 2 (2), 76-80
    Matthews, M. 2017. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, iFirst
    Gann, N. 2016. Schools Week. 25 September

    CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

    Wilkins, A. 2019. Interventions in the ‘responsibilisation’ of school governors: Institutional reflexivity, professionalisation and the technocratic embedding of self-governance. In J. Allan, V. Harwood and C.R. Jørgensen (eds) World Yearbook of Education 2020: Schooling Governance. Routledge: London and New York

    Wilkins, A. (2019) Wither democracy? The rise of epistocracy and monopoly in school governance. In S. Riddle and M. Apple (eds) Re-imagining Education for Democracy. Routledge: London and New York

    Wilkins, A. (2018) Neoliberalism, citizenship and education: A policy discourse analysis. In A. Peterson, G. Stahl and H. Soong (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education. Palgrave: Basingstoke

    Wilkins, A. and Olmedo, A. (2018) Conceptualising education governance: Framings, perspectives and theories. In A. Wilkins and A. Olmedo (eds) Education governance and social theory: Interdisciplinary approaches to research. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 1-20

    Wilkins, A. (2018) Assembling schools as organisations: On the limits and contradictions of neoliberalism. In M. Connolly, C. James, S. Kruse, and D.E. Spicer (eds) SAGE International Handbook on School Organization. Sage: London

    Wilkins, A. (2017) Creating expert publics: A governmentality approach to school governance under neo-liberalism.  In S. Courtney, R. Mcginity and H. Gunter (eds) Educational leadership: professional practice in neoliberal times. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 97-110

    Wilkins, A. (2017) The business of governorship: Corporate elitism in public education. In Helen M Gunter, David Hall and Michael W Apple (eds) Corporate Elites and the Reform of Education. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 161-176

    Wilkins, A. (2016) Gobernanza escolar y la lógica de la política neoliberal. ¿Qué puede hacer la democracia?. In J. Collet-Sabé and A. Tort (eds.) La governanza escolar democrática: Más allá de los modelos neoliberal y neoconservador. Morata: Madrid, pp. 84-100

    Wilkins, A. (2014) Affective labour and neoliberal fantasies: The gendered and moral economy of school choice in England.  In M. Vandenbeld Giles (ed.) Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism. Demeter Press: Bradford, Ontario, pp. 265-282

    ARTICLES IN PEER REVIEW JOURNALS

    Wilkins, A., Collet-Sabé, J., Gobby, B., and Hangartner, J. 2019. Geo-political tensions in the New Public Management reform of school governance: Case studies from Australia, England, Spain, and Switzerland. Under review.

    Wilkins, A. (2017) Crafting neoliberalism: politics, power and the co-operative school movement. International Journal of Inclusive Education. Special Issue: Co-operative schools: values and leadership in difficult times.

    Wilkins, A. (2017) Rescaling the local: Multi-academy trusts, private monopoly and statecraft in England. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49 (2), 171-185

    Olmedo, A. & Wilkins, A. (2017) Governing through parents: a genealogical enquiry of education policy and the construction of neoliberal subjectivities in England. Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, 38 (4), 573-589. ‘Editor’s choice’ May 2017.

    Wilkins, A. (2015) Professionalising school governance: The disciplinary effects of school autonomy and inspection on the changing role of school governors. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (2), 182-200

    Wilkins, A. & Burke, PJ. (2015) Widening participation in higher education: The role of professional and social class identities and commitments. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (3), 434-452

    Olmedo, A. & Wilkins, A. (2014) Gobernar la educación a través de los padres: política educativa y construcción de subjetividades neoliberales en Inglaterra.  Revista Profesorado, 18 (2), 99-116

    Wilkins, A. (2013) Libertarian paternalism: Policy and everyday translations of the rational and the affective. Critical Policy Studies, 7 (4), 395-406

    Wilkins, A. (2012) Public battles and private takeovers: Academies and the politics of educational governance. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (1), 11-29

    Wilkins, A. (2012) Commodifying diversity: Education and governance in the era of neoliberalism. Human Affairs, 22 (2), 122-130

    Wilkins, A. (2012) The spectre of neoliberalism: Pedagogy, gender and the construction of learner identities. Critical Studies in Education, 53 (2), 197-210

    Wilkins, A. (2012) Push and pull in the classroom: Gender, competition and the neoliberal subject. Gender and Education, 24 (7), 765-768

    Wilkins, A. (2012) School choice and the commodification of education: A visual approach to school brochures and websites. Critical Social Policy. Special Issue: Inequalities and Images: Insights for Policy and Practice, 32 (1), 70-87

    Wilkins, A. (2011) School choice, consumerism and the ethical strand in talk. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32 (3), 357-370

    Wilkins, A. (2011) Community and school choice: Geographies of care and responsibility. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (1), 1-13

    Wilkins, A. (2010) Citizens and/or consumers: Mutations in the construction of meanings and practices of school choice. Journal of Education Policy, 25 (2), 171-189

    EDITED WORKS

    Wilkins, A. (2012) (Guest editor) Pedagogy of the consumer: The politics of neo-liberal reform. Special issue Part 1: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and the Curriculum: A Global Perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (2), 161-17

    Wilkins, A. (2012) (Guest editor) Shades of Freire: Exorcising the spectre haunting pedagogy.  Special Issue Part 2: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and the Curriculum: A Global Perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, 4 (1), 5-10

    BOOK REVIEWS

    Wilkins, A. (2017) Through a glass darkly: The social science look at the neoliberal university by Margaret Thornton (ed.). Journal of Education Policy, 32 (3), 386-387

    Wilkins, A. (2015) STEM Strategies: Student ambassadors and equality in higher education by Clare Gartland. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (5), 747-748. 2015

    Wilkins, A. (2013) Social Theory and Education Research by Mark Murphy (ed.). Social Theory Applied.

    Wilkins, A. (2013) Local Democracy, Civic Engagement and Community: From New Labour to the Big Society by Hugh Atkinson. LSE Review of Books.

    GUEST BLOGS

    Wilkins, A. (2017) School governance: redressing the democratic deficit. Education Uncovered. 19 October.

    Wilkins, A. (2016) Should we be worried about controversial government plans to do away with parent governors in schools?. Democratic Audit UK. 23 March

    Wilkins, A. (2015) School governors –  Changing the way we do things. School Governors One-Stop Shop (SGOSS). 25 February

    Wilkins, A. (2014) Small cliques often take control of school governor boards. The Conversation. 29 October

    CONFERENCING ORGANISING

    BERA Social Theory and Education SIG One-day Symposium; ‘Debating theories of neoliberalism: New perspectives and framings in education research’. Keynote speakers: Richard Hall (De Montfort University) and Steve Courtney (Universityof Manchester); University of East London, UK; 27 June 2018.

    BERA One-day Symposium: ‘Practical theory: The utility of social theory as tools and resources for the development of research methodology’. Co-organised with Tim Jay, Deanne Clouder and Mark Murphy. Keynote speakers: Christina Hughes (Sheffield Hallam University) and Ben Williamson (University of Stirling); Sheffield Hallam University, UK; 20 April 2017.

    ‘Debating the Future of School Governance’. Speakers: Nigel Gann (Director of Hamdon Education), Paul Harrison (Director of iED (UK) Ltd), Naureen Khalid (Director of Academy Governing Board), Emma Knights (Chief Executive of National Governors’ Association), Fergal Roche (CEO of The Key for School Governors), Janet Scott (Interim Chief Executive of SGOSS), and Ian Usher (Service Manager at Modern Governor). One-day conference; University of East London; 8 September 2016.

    ‘Governing schools: Professional power and the changing role of school governors’; Panellists: Professor Stephen Ball, Professor Gill Crozier, Professor Becky Francis, Professor Helen Gunter, Chris Caroe (DfE), Brian Lightman (ASCL) and Emma Knights (NGA); University of Roehampton, UK; Oct 2014.

    CHAIR AND DISCUSSANT ROLES

    Chair. The Governance Turn: Framings, perspectives and theories. Social Theory and Education SIG Symposium stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); Northumbria University, UK; Sept 2018.

    Chair. Debating theories of neoliberalism: New perspectives and framings in education research. BERA Social Theory and Education SIG One-day Symposium. University of East London, UK. June 2018.

    Chair. Schools’ obsession with data: the impact on teachers, students and pedagogy. Paper presented by Alice Bradbury. University of East London (UEL) Cass Seminar Series. Jan 2018.

    Chair: Spatiality, temporality and risk in education research; Social Theory and Education SIG stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.

    Chair. The politics of education policy and practice; Social Theory and Education SIG stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.

    Chair. Debating the Future of School Governance. One-day conference. University of East London, UK; Sept 2016.

    Chair. Transitions and conflicts in education: applying social theory. Social Theory and Education SIG stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2016.

    Chair. Working with Contemporary Images. Seminar 1 of ESRC-funded Seminar Series ‘Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research’; The Open University, UK; January 2010.

    Panelist. Roundtable 2: Methodological debates and issues generated while researching citizenship, identities and governance (Chair: Dr Helen Lomax); One-day conference ‘Doing postgraduate research on the intersection of citizenship, identities and governance’; The Open University, UK; Oct 2007.

    INVITED TALKS/KEYNOTES

    Epistocracy, monopoly and the challenge to participatory democracy: Issues and debates in school governance; Paper presented at Sociology of Education seminar series; UCL IOE, UK; June 2018.

    Bounded school governance: Reflections on the limits and contradictions of governing. Keynote presented at British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Association (BELMAS Governing and Governance Research Interest Group (RIG) meeting; Wesley Hotel, London, UK; May 2018.

    Democratic school governance: What is it and do we need it?; Paper presented to the school governors at Archer Academy, London, UK; April 2018.

    Manufactured risk: Strategies in education privatisation, depoliticisation and de-democratisation. Paper presented at British Academy Rising Star event ‘Privatisation in education across Europe: New forms in a changing context’; University of Manchester, UK; Jan 2018.

    From deregulation to re-regulation: school governing and governance at a time of neo-liberal governmentality; Paper presented at ResearchEd Series; Plymouth University, UK; July 2015.

    School governance at a time of rapid de-/re-regulation: the changing role and responsibilities of school governors; Keynote presented at ‘Accountability& Delivering Excellence’ University of Manchester Governor Initiative (UMSGI) Conference; The Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester, UK; April 2015.

    Foucault, Governmentality and Education Research. Keynote presented at BERA symposium ‘Theory as method: applying social theory in educational research’; University of Glasgow, UK; April 2015.

    A new role for local authorities: strategic oversight at a time of rapid decentralisation; Paper presented at Westminster Briefing ‘Supporting and Empowering School Governors’; London, UK; March 2015.

    Governing schools; Paper presented to MA Learning and Teaching programme; University College Suffolk, UK; Feb 2015.

    ESRC school governance project: findings and recommendations; Paper presented at School Governors One-Stop Shop (SGOSS); London, UK; Jan 2015.

    ESRC school governance project: findings and recommendations; Paper presented at The Key for School Governors; London, UK; Jan 2015.

    School governance and neoliberal political rationality: what has democracy got to do with it?; Paper presented at International Symposium ‘Towards a Democratic-common school governance: beyond neoliberal (UK) and neoconservative (Spain) models’; Universitat de Vic, Universitat Central de Catalunya, Spain; Oct 2014.

    Bid writing workshop; Paper presented to Centre for Education Research in Equality, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP); University of Roehampton; July 2014.

    Blogging and Social Media for Researchers; Paper presented at the University of Roehampton, UK; May 2014.

    The Shadow of Inspection: School Governance, Accountability and Governing Practices; Paper presented at Governing by Inspection: Insights from International Studies; Event co-organized by CREET (The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology) and CCIG (Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance); The Open University, UK; March 2014.

    Business Ontology and Managerialist Realism: School Governance, Governors and Governing Practices in England; Paper presented at Professional Development, Leadership and Organization (PULO) Research Group, Department of Education and Special Education; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; December 2013.

    Governing through accountability: linking school governance to performativity and neoliberalization; Paper presented at Education and Social Research Institute Seminar (ESRI) Seminar Series; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; October 2013.

    School accountability and stakeholder governance; Paper presented at Centre for Education Research in Equality, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP) seminar series; University of Roehampton, UK; June 2013.

    Governing through accountability; Paper presented at BELMAS Governing and Governance RIG meeting; Institute of Education, UK; May 2013.

    Soft sell: Translating the affective and the personal through libertarian paternalism; Paper presented to Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG) Forum co-organised by the Psychosocial and Publics Research Programme; The Open University, UK; May 2012.

    Consuming diversity: The commodification of British education; Keynote speaker at one-day conference ‘Slfakulta Sociálnych a Ekonomických Vied’; Univerzity Komenského, Slovakia; January 2012.

    Schooling in the era of neoliberalism: New perspectives, new directions; Paper presented at colloquium; University of Trnava, Slovakia; January 2012.

    On neuroeconomics, behavioural psychology and ‘soft’ paternalism; Paper presented at Language, Power and Ideology (LIP) Research Group; Lancaster University; March 2011.

    Negotiating responsibility and care: Problematics of school choice; Paper presented at Le LAIOS-IIAC, Institut Interdisciplinaire d’ Anthropologie du Contemporain, Royaume-Uni, France; January 2010

    CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

    Conceptualising education governance: Research method, discourse and technology of government; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Symposium: ‘The Governance Turn: Framings Perspectives and Theories’ with co-presenters Ben Williamson (University of Stirling) and Sam Sellar (Manchester Metropolitan University); Northumbria University, UK; Sept 2018.

    Manufactured risks and their moral hazards: Strategies in education privatisation, depoliticisation and de-democratisation. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Social Theory and Education (SIG) stream; Northumbria University, UK; Sept 2018.

    The new political economy of education: multi-academy trusts, private monopoly and neoliberalisation; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Social Theory and Education (SIG) stream; University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.

    Assembling ‘public accountability’: Blurred boundaries, crosscutting impulses and intersecting positions; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Symposium: ‘Education in the house of mirrors: Media, publics and representations’ with co-presenters John Schostak, Linda Hammersley-Fletcher (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Matthew Clarke (York St John University); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.

    The labour of school governance: Accountability, calculability and commensurability; Paper presented at the 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium, ‘Infrastructures of Education’ stream; University of Manchester, UK; Sept 2017.

    Rethinking neoliberalism: Producer capture, multi-academy trusts and chain effects in British education; Paper presented at Cass Seminar Series; University of East London; March 2017.

    Rethinking neoliberalism: Multi-academy trusts and state-sanctioned monopoly in British education; Presented at European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP) workshop; University of Roehampton, UK; Dec 2016.

    School autonomy and devolved management: the role of democracy in the governing of schools; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Social Theory and Education (SIG) stream; University of Leeds, UK; Sept 2016.

    Political and community power and quiescence in academisation: a case study of an English rural village school (with Nigel Gann as lead author); Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Leadership and Management in Education stream; University of Leeds, Sept 2016.

    Spaces of ‘modernisation’: the role of neoliberalism and neoconservatism in the reform of school governance in England; Paper presented at 6th International Conference on Critical Education; University of Middlesex, UK; August 2016.

    Performance culture and the role of civic engagement in school governance; Paper presented at University of East London (UEL) Research Conference: Our Research Matters; University of East London, UK; June 2016.

    The business of governing schools: performance culture and compliant subjects; Paper presented at International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP) Seminar Series; University of East London, UK; June 2016.

    Using the Interactive Governance Framework to Explore the Governing and Governance of Schools (with Professor Chris James as lead author); Paper presented at British Educational, Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference; Reading, UK; July 2015.

    Managerialist Realism and Education Reform: The Case of School Governance; Paper presented at British Sociological Association (BSA) Conference; University of Leeds, UK; April 2014.

    Enterprising Governance: The Role of Accountability in 21st Century British Education; Paper presented at Roundtable Session ‘Policies, Governance and the Influence of Accountability on Schools’, American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, USA; April 2014.

    Heterarchical governance: school governors and governing practices; Paper presented at one-day conference ‘Education and Learning: Sociological Perspectives’; University of Surrey, UK; September 2013.

    The managerial structures of education: governance, hierarchy and neoliberalism; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Main conference symposium with Helen Gunter (discussant), Ruth Boyask (speaker) and Rob Higham (speaker); University of Sussex, UK; September 2013.


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    PUBLICATIONS/TALKS

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Google Scholar lists my H-index as 11, and my i11-index as 11, with 390 citations to date.
    Awarded £218,727 in research funding, scholarships, and awards to date.
    Over 6,500 followers, over 54,000 unique views, and in the top 0.1% on Academia.edu, the world’s leading academic social networking website.
    Peer reviewer for 30 different journals, in addition to numerous monograph, proposal and funding reviews.
    Work has been translated into Spanish.

    EDUCATION

    PhD, Social Policy, Open University, UK (Oct 2005-Feb 2009)
    MRes (Merit) Social Science, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (Oct 2004-July 2005)
    BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Leeds, UK (Oct 2000-July 2003)

    EMPLOYMENT RECORD

    Reader in Education, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (July 2016-present)
    Senior Lecturer, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (Feb 2015-June 2016)
    Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Roehampton (Sept 2012-Jan 2015)
    Research Associate, School of Education, University of Roehampton (July 2011-June 2012)
    Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Roehampton (July 2010-June 2011)

    PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

    FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Oct 2013-present)

    SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING

    Readiness for REF Impact Fund; Debating the Future of School Governance; University of East London; £2,581 (July 2016)
    Future Research Leaders; School Accountability: A Comparative Study of Policy and Practice; Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); £164,978 (Oct 2012-Jan 2015)
    CCIG PhD Studentship; School Choice and Constructing the Active Citizen; Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG), The Open University; £51,168 (Oct 2005-Jan 2009)

    AWARDS

    Joint-second prize for books published in 2016; Prize: £1000. Book: Modernising school governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education (Routledge). Awarding body: Society for Educational Studies (SES) (Nov 2017).

    NOMINATIONS

    Nominated for a University of East London (UEL) Student Led Teaching Award (SLTA) (May 2018)
    Editor’s Choice. Journal article (‘Governing through parents: a genealogical enquiry of education policy and the construction of neoliberal subjectivities in England’) nominated as ‘editor’s choice’ in Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education (May 2017).

    IMPACT

    UCL IOE report; Research mentioned in report ‘Hierarchy, Markets and Network: Analysing the ‘self-improving school-led system’ agenda in England and the implications for schools’ (June 2018).
    Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) StandingOut pilot programme; Research mentioned in report ‘Evaluation of the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) flagship school governance standout programme: final report’ (Feb 2018).
    Royal Society of Arts (RSA); Research mentioned in report ‘Who Governs Our Schools? Trends, Tensions and Opportunities’ (Sept 2017).
    School’s Week; Research mentioned in book review ‘Much promise: Successful schools in England’ (May 2017).
    Democratic Audit; Research discussed in online article ‘The ‘academy revolution’ is ousting governors. We need to hold these schools accountable’ (Jan 2017).
    UEL marketing; Research outlined in YouTube video podcast ‘Debating the role of democracy in neoliberal education’ (Dec 2016).
    School Business Manager; Research discussed in online article ‘Academy schools: Governance and financial responsibility’ (Dec 2016).
    Cambridge Primary Review Trust; Research discussed in report ‘Academies: Autonomy, accountability, quality and evidence’ (June 2016).
    Discover Society; Research discussed in online article ‘The Emperor Comes to Town Again: Academies and their Sponsors’ (May 2016).
    School Business Manager; Research discussed in online article ‘Academy governance: Autonomy and accountability’ (May 2016).
    Royal Society of Arts; Research discussed in online article ‘Parent power! The opportunity is there. It’s now down to us to grasp it’ (April 2016).
    Local Government Knowledge Navigator; Research detailed on ESRC-funded project website ‘Research Facilitation for Local Government’ (Feb 2016).
    Modern Governor; Serialisation of journal article on governor support website (Oct 2015).
    iEd UK and PCG; Consultant to iEd UK and Public Consulting Group (PCG) at proof stage of development of professional training tool (Jan 2015).
    Governors Agenda; Research discussed in online article ‘Self-Review: Is it the panacea to good governance?’ (Jan 2015).
    Times Education Supplement (TES); Research outlined in online article ‘Are cliques taking control of our governing bodies?’ (Nov 2014).
    Economic and Social Research Council; Research outlined in press release ‘New role needed for ‘crucial’ amateur governors’ (Oct 2014).
    House of Commons Education Committee; Evidence submitted to select committee inquiry into academies and free schools. (Reference: AFS0008) (Feb 2013).

    CAREER

    EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

    Journal of Education Policy (JEP); Editorial Advisory Board Member (Sept 2018-Present)
    Critical Studies in Education (CSE); Associate Editor Intern (Feb 2018-present)
    Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS); Editorial Advisory Board Member (Sept 2017-present)
    British Journal of Sociology of Education (BJSE); Editorial Advisory Board Member (June 2017-present)
    Social Theory and Methodology in Education Research; Bloomsbury Book Series; Editorial Board Member (June 2016-present)
    Topical Issues of Pedagogy, Psychology and Professional Education (Ukrainian); Editorial Board (Feb 2016-present)
    Journal of Applied Social Theory; Editorial Board Member (Nov 2015-present)
    Journal of Pedagogy (JoP) (Slovak); Executive Editor Panel Member (March 2014-present)

    RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS

    ‘Human Education in the Third Millennium’ Initiative Group; Participant (Sept 2018-Present)
    European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP); Member (Feb 2015-Present)
    International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP); Member (April 2015-present)
    Network of Theory Application; Member (May 2015-present)
    Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change; Associate Member (May 2015-present)
    Governance and Governing RIG; BELMAS. Member (July 2015-present)
    Social Theory and Education SIG; BERA. Co-convener (Nov 2013-present)
    Higher Education Academy (HEA); Fellow (June 2013-present)
    Peer Review College; ESRC. Member (Oct 2012-present)

    UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

    Research Impact Committee for Professional Services; College of Professional Services, University of East London. Member (Oct 2018-present)
    EdD Programme Committee; Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London. Committee member (Feb 2015-present)
    School Research Ethics Committee (SREC); Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London. Committee member (Feb 2015-present)
    School Research Degrees Sub-Committee (SRDSC); Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London. Committee member (Feb 2015-present)
    School Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee; Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London. Committee member (Feb 2015-present)

    RESEARCH ASSESSMENT

    UEL REF Impact Coordinator for UoA 25 Education (Jan 2017-present)

    PUBLISHED ENDORSEMENTS

    Keddie, A. and Mills, M. 2019. Autonomy, Accountability and Social Justice: Stories of English Schooling. Routledge: London and New York (Dec 2018)
    Papanastasiou, Natalie. 2019. The Politics of Scale in Policy: Scalecraft and Education Governance. Policy Press: Bristol (Nov 2018)
    Gorad, Stephen. 2018. Education Policy: Evidence of Equity and Effectiveness. Policy Press: Bristol (Sept 2018)
    Stahl, Garth. 2017. Ethnography of a Neoliberal School Building Cultures of Success. Routledge: London and New York (Sept 2017)
    Stahl, Garth. 2015. Masculinity and Aspiration in an Era of Neoliberal Education: International Perspectives. Routledge: London (March 2015)

    RESEARCH FUNDING BODIES (REFEREE SERVICES)

    Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
    Israel Science Foundation (ISF)

    BOOK PUBLISHERS (TOTAL REVIEWS: 9)

    Cambridge University Press: (1) July 2018
    Palgrave Macmillan: (1) August 2018
    Policy Press: (4) Jan 2017, Jan 2018, July 2018, Sept 2018
    Routledge: (2) July 2014, Aug 2016
    Springer: (1) August 2018

    JOURNALS (TOTAL REVIEWS: 65)

    British Educational Research Journal: (1) Feb 2015
    British Journal of Sociology of Education: (8) March 2017, April 2017, June 2017, July 2017, Sept 2017, April 2018, June 2018, July 2018
    Canadian Journal of Education: (1) July 2016
    Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education: (1) May 2017
    Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood: (1) April 2018
    Critical Discourse Studies: (1) Feb 2017
    Critical Policy Studies: (2) April 2014, Sept 2014
    Critical Studies in Education: (11) Feb 2012, Oct 2013, July 2014, March 2015, Feb 2016, Aug 2016, Sept 2016, Sept 2016, June 2017, Dec 2017, Feb 2018
    Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education: (1) May 2016
    Educational Philosophy and Theory: (1) Feb 2017
    Educational Review: (4) Dec 2010, Nov 2012, Dec 2015, March 2018
    Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization: (1) Sept 2017
    Forum for Social Economics: (1) Dec 2015
    Gender and Education: (1) June 2013
    Human Affairs: (1): Jan 2013
    International Journal about Parents in Education: (1) July 2017
    Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (1) March 2018
    Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology: (2) Dec 2010, May 2012
    Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology: (1) Jan 2016
    Journal of Educational Administration and History: (3) June 2016, July 2017, April 2018
    Journal of Education Policy: (12) Aug 2011, Nov 2012, May 2013, Dec 2015, Feb 2016, July 2016, Sept 2017, Feb 2018, May 2018, Oct 2018, Nov 2018, Dec 2018
    Journal of Gender Studies: (1) Nov 2014
    Journal of Pedagogy: (1) Oct 2011
    Open Review of Educational Research: (1) Aug 2016
    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education: (1) August 2018
    Peabody Journal of Education: (1) Oct 2014
    Policy Futures in Education: (1) Oct 2018
    Radical Pedagogy: (1) Jan 2016
    School Leadership and Management: (1) July 2013
    Sociological Inquiry: (1) Feb 2014

    SERVICES

    UNDERGRADUATE

    Module Leader; Independent Research Project (ED6000); Level 6 (Year 3) Core Module; Special Education Programme, Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London (Feb 2015-present)

    Module Leader; Dissertation (ED6015); Level 6 (Year 3) Core Module; Education Studies Programme, Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London (Oct 2015-present)

    POSTGRADUATE

    Taught sessions; ‘Introduction to Education Governance’ and ‘Introduction to Discourse Analysis’; EdD Professional Doctorate in Education, Cass School of Education and Communities, College of Professional Services, University of East London (Oct 2015-present)

    SUPERVISION AND EXAMINER SERVICES

    EXTERNAL EXAMINER

    UCL IOE; Appointed Taught Programme External Examiner for UCL on Sociology of Education Umbrella Board. Appointment confirmed for 4 years (June 2017-present).

    THESIS EXAMINER

    Dimitra Nikita; Thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University College London (UCL). Thesis title: Networks, governance and leadership: Education Reform in England (Dec 2017). External examiner.

    Andy Allen; Thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, Teesside University. Thesis title: Empowered Participatory Governance? A case study inquiry into the Cooperative academy model (July 2017). External examiner.

    David Hodgson; Thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University. Thesis title: Raising the higher school leaving age in Western Australia: A critical discourse analysis of power and practice (June 2014). External examiner.

    MOCK VIVA

    Theopoula Chrysochou; PhD thesis: The impact of the economic crisis in Greece on the professional lives and teaching practices of primary school teachers: A critical pedagogy approach. Panel member (April 2018)
    Warren Kidd; EdD thesis: Troubled craft and novice teachers: An ethnographic account of emerging professional identities of novice teachers in the English lifelong learning sector. Panel member (Feb 2017)

    ANNUAL REVIEWS

    Dominik Jackson-Cole; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (May 2018)
    Maureen Ewere Okoye; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (May 2018)
    Nigel Godfrey; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (May 2018)
    Dominik Jackson-Cole; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (May 2017)
    Ann Marie Allen; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (May 2017)
    Mark Krzanowski; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (May 2017)
    Amanda Cooper; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Chair (Feb 2016)
    Sandra Ximena Bonilla Medina; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Panel member (Feb 2016)
    Anna Chapman; Annual Monitoring Review for EdD/PhD student, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. Panel member (Feb 2016)

    DOCTORAL SUPERVISION

    Oct 2017-present

    Olajumoke Fawole; Thesis title: Academic underachievement of mature students in higher education: a focus on the top up degree programme in health and social care in London. Director of Studies (DoS).
    Elicia Lewis; Thesis title: Teacher and pupil perceptions of challenge and failure. Director of Studies (DoS).
    Amina Abdat; Thesis title: The role of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Algeria and England. Co-Supervisor.

    DISSERTATION SUPERVISION

    Oct 2018-June 2019

    Noorin Akhtar (BA Education Studies); Jasmin Aktar (BA Education Studies); Danielle Davies (BA Special Education); Cherelle Maria Faisal (BA Special Education); Nancy Feller (BA Education Studies); Barwaq Habrwaa (BA Education Studies); Alexandra Hamilton (BA Special Education); Mark Hillier (BA Education Studies); Rihana Khanom (BA Education Studies); Glenn Pantelli (BA Special Education); Nimrah Shabir (BA Special Education).

    Oct 2017-July 2018

    Terrynne Bassaragh (BA Special Education Studies); Emily Harman (BA Special Education Studies); Tanja Navarro (BA Special Education Studies); Saagini Baskaran (BA Education Studies); Lily-May Bracey (BA Education with Psychology); Gurbet Coskun (BA Education Studies); Jack Courtney (BA Education Studies); Rita Egbon (BA Education Studies); Shahida Islam (BA Education Studies); Ambrin Khanom Islam (BA Education Studies); Arrol Leonel-Roberts (BA Education Studies); Aneka Voss (BA Education with Psychology).

    Oct 2016-July 2017

    Sobia Ahmed (BA Education Studies); Mohammed Ali (BA Education Studies); Alero Dadson (BA Education Studies); Svenja Helmes (BA Education Studies); Yagmur Kokcu (BA Education Studies); Saima Sultana (BA Education Studies); Farah Zubair (BA Education Studies); Rebecca Allan (BA Special Education); Jessica Keyes (BA Special Education).

    Oct 2015-July 2016

    Jammyalico Brown (BA Education Studies); Shanie Bent (BA Education Studies); Melissa Chadwick (BA Education Studies); David Darko (BA Education Studies); Sanjeeda Firdaus (BA Education Studies); Samila Gharjestani (BA Education Studies); Komal Gregory (BA Education Studies); Sara Lefeldt (BA Education Studies); Katie Licence (BA Education Studies); Leanne Lindo (BA Education Studies); Sofia Patel (BA Education Studies); Skye Steward (BA Education Studies); Neelofar Yusuf (BA Education Studies); Parady Baptiste (BA Special Education); Cigdem Celik (BA Special Education); Ayten Crawford (BA Special Education); Megan Davies (BA Special Education); Amy Sanders (BA Special Education); Kane Taylor (BA Special Education); Elena Timofte (BA Special Education); Florence Bello-Osagie (BA Special Education).

    ACADEMIC REFEREE

    Oct 2016-present

    Sobia Ahmad (BA Education Studies, 2014-2017); Saleha Aktar (BA Early Childhood Studies, 2013-2016); Shalpa Arjan (BA Education Studies, 2013-2016); Terrynne Bassaragh (BA Special Education, 2015-2018); Aysha Begum Ali (BA Early Childhood Studies, 2014-2017); Monuara Begum (BA Education Studies, 2015-2018); Lily-May Bracey (BA Education with Psychology, 2015-2018); Nimra Butt (Foundation Course – New Beginnings, 2017-2018); Gurbet Coskun (BA Education Studies, 2014-2017); Sanjeeda Firdaus (BA Education Studies, 2014-2017); Anisah Hafejee (BA Education Studies, 2014-2017); Mehnaz Haque (BA Early Childhood Studies, 2013-2016); Ambrin Islam (BA Education Studies, 2015-2018); Shahida Islam (BA Education Studies. 2015-2018); Ahsana Jahan (BA Education Studies, 2014-2017); Uzma Khaliq (BA Education Studies, 2013-2016); Yamur Kokcu (BA Education Studies, 2014-2018); Pascalia Pamba (BA Special Education, 2015-2018); Fifi Tshimbalanga (BA Special Education Studies, 2015-2018).

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