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


  •  Publications 2008 - 2010 (PDF 119KB, opens new window)
  •  Publications 2001 - 2007 (PDF 129KB, opens new window)