Dr Nick Peim

Dr Nick Peim

School of Education
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


  • PhD
  • MA
  • PGCE

His PhD was in the cultural politics of English teaching. It was based on a rethinking of English drawing on various aspects of theory including sociology of education, media theory, cultural studies and continental philosophies including post-structuralism / postmodernism.


  • Supervising PhD and Ed D students.
  • Undergraduate modules in language studies, in the recent history of governance and in education.
  • Ed D modules in Language and Learning and Learning Contexts.
  • Research module: Epistemology and Identity

Postgraduate supervision


  • The governance of education and education as governance: schooling as governmentality. The history of the school as a social technology.
  • Contemporary philosophies and education and education research: including poststructuralism – Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Lyotard – and its antecedents in Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger.
  • Theories of the global in the work of Said, Spivak, Appadurai, Castells, Bauman and others.
  • Language, identity and education: theories of language, culture and social class. Curriculum politics: subject identities, literacy issues and the social dimension of knowledge.

Research projects

Recently he has contributed to:

  • Governance of schools (Welsh National Assembly)
  • The National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation: State of Knowledge on Governance and Engagement


Selected publications from 2008

Articles in Academic Journals

Martin, D. and Peim, N. (2009). Critical perspectives on activity theory, Educational Review, 61, 2, 131‐ 138. ISSN: 0013‐1911. DOI: 10.1080/00131910902844689

Peim, N. (Editor). (2009). Some Contemporary Currents in Research Thinking, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 32, 3, 1743‐727X. ISSN: 1743‐727X.

Peim, N. (2009). Activity theory and ontology, Educational Review, 61, 2, 167‐180. ISSN: 0013‐1911. DOI: 10.1080/00131910902846874

Peim, N. (2009). The Elusive Object of Transformation: English, Theory and Bernstein’s Sociology of Education, Changing English, 16, 2, 149‐164. ISSN: 1358‐684X. DOI: 10.1080/13586840902863137

Peim, N. and Flink, K. (2009). Testing Times: Questions Concerning Assessment for School Improvement, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 41, 3, 342‐361. ISSN: 0013‐1857. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469‐ 5812.2008.00438.x

Peim, N. (2009). Thinking Resources for Educational Research Methods and Methodology, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 32, 3, 235‐248. ISSN: 1743‐727X. DOI: 10.1080/17437270903259675

Peim, N. (2008). Ijrme Special Issue 32:2, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 31, 1, 95‐95. ISSN: 1743‐727X. DOI: 10.1080/17437270802069175

Chapters in Books

Peim, N. (2009). English and the Government of Language and Culture (In Equality in the Primary School: Promoting good practice across the curriculum, Hill D, Robertson LH (Editors), Continuum International Publishing Group Limited, London, (ISBN: 9781847061010)

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