Research showcase

Research within the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol operates within a broad concept of social justice and its inter-connected strands of Researching with children and young people; Digital education; and Research in global and sustainable education

Social justice

Theme conveners

Social justice is a central organising principle for the research within the Department which investigates:
How can research contribute to the production of a more inclusive, diverse, equitable and just society?

Members of this inter-disciplinary team share a common interest in researching the inequalities that persist in societies through critical enquiry. The research expertise of the theme explores a range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • Education policy
  • Sociology of education
  • Widening participation
  • Intersectionality
  • Social class
  • Gender
  • Student experiences and decision-making
  • Pedagogy
  • Global citizenship and knowledge creation
  • Professional identity and teacher training routes

Our staff have experience in examining and supervising research students in the area of social justice. We welcome new postgraduate students to conduct research with us.

Research projects

Transforming Lives Transforming Places
Project contact: Dr Helen Bovill

Student Bursaries
Project contact: Dr Neil Harrison
Funder: Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

Researching around Care Leavers Entry and Success in Higher Education
Project contact: Dr Neil Harrison
Funder: National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

Assessing Impact and Measuring Success in Widening Participation
Project contact: Dr Neil Harrison
Funder: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

The Money Matters Project: Students' Attitudes to Debt
Project contact: Dr Neil Harrison
Funder: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Paired Peers
Project contact: Dr Richard Waller
Funder: Leverhulme

Theme members

There is ongoing research cooperation between our Department and other departments across UWE Bristol.

For further information about the theme, please contact any of the members listed above via their staff profile links.

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