Research Themes

Research in the School of Education is pursued through the following integrated themes:

Transformative Communities:

This important area of work has a long and prestigious history within the School dating back to the inception of teaching training in 1841. It captures our ambition to transform communities locally, regionally and internationally with the recognition that our research and practice are themselves subject to transformation and change. The area encapsulates research and scholarship relating to critical debates around democracy and education, educational communities, and professional practice.

Critical Policy Studies:

Our work in critical policy studies includes analyses of local and global developments and draws on a range of conceptual and theoretical resources, including social, political and psychoanalytic theories. This work has been published in leading international peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Education PolicyDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education and Pedagogy, Culture and Society.

Inclusive Education:

Research in this area focuses on the concept of inclusion illuminated through a variety of social and educational contexts, including the experience of parents in prison; unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Britain; and the transition from education to adulthood for young people on the autism spectrum. Work within this research theme has been published in a broad range of academic journals including Educational Action Research, Child and Family Social Work and The Journal of Research and Method in Education.

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