Professor Kalwant Bhopal

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

School of Education
Professorial Research Fellow
Professor of Education and Social Justice

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

Kalwant is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education.

Kalwant’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted research on exploring discourses of identity and intersectionality examining the lives of Black minority ethnic groups as well as examining the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers. Her research specifically explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly White spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. More recently she has conducted research focussing on the position of minority ethnic academics in higher education. Her research on this area has been used to inform policy making in higher education, particularly the development of the Race Equality Charter mark. She has published 6 books, 10 edited collections and various journal articles.

She is Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Kings College London (Department of Education and Professional Studies). She has been Visiting Professor at Queens University, Belfast and Visiting Scholar at the UCL Institute of Education, London

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Bristol)
  • MSC Sociology (Econ)
  • PGCE (FE)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology

Biography

Kalwant joined the University of Birmingham in January 2017. Prior to that she was Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Southampton. She was Director of Post Graduate Research Degrees and chaired the faculty Equality and Diversity Committee. Previously, she worked at the Institute of Education.

Postgraduate supervision

Kalwant has the following research interests:

  • race, racism, gender, class, intersectionality
  • educational inequalities
  • schools, higher education
  • qualitative research, case study research
  • ethnography
  • Gypsy and Traveller groups
  • social justice, equity 

Research

Home schooling and Home education: race, class and inequality.

Kalwant is currently conducting research, with Dr Martin Myers (University of Portsmouth) exploring how and why home education is accessed by different social groups; and secondly, how these different groups are perceived as home educators. The research explores how marginal groups in society are often portrayed, both by educational authorities and in the media, as putting their children at risk by home educating. The research consists of in-depth interviews with families from different social and ethnic backgrounds.

BME Leaders: support networks and strategies for success in higher education

This project was funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and explores the sources of support and success strategies BME leaders use to achieve their academic success; it examines participants leadership roles and achievements in the White space of the academy and explores how higher education institutions can provide better support for the career progression of BME academics to senior leadership roles.

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Understanding academic flight from UK higher education

This project was funded by the Equality Challenge Unit. The aims of the research were to:

  • Understand to what extent UK academics consider moving to work in higher education overseas and to determine if there is a difference by ethnicity
  • Understand the reasons (both push and pull factors) which contribute to potential migration to overseas higher education institutions (HEIs) and whether these factors vary by ethnicity
  • Establish what UK HEIs can do to retain minority ethnic academics, and attract back those who have left.
  • The findings suggest that BME academics are more likely to consider a move overseas compared to their white colleagues. The report suggests various recommendations for the retention of BME academics, particularly in relation to providing support for promotion and career progression.

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Race, diversity and Inclusion in Initial Teacher Education

Funded by Multiverse, this study examined student and tutor understandings of the teaching of ‘race’, diversity and inclusion on ITE courses (PGCE primary/secondary and BA QTS) at one case study university. The project explored the views of students and tutors on ITE courses, regarding the teaching of ‘race’, diversity and inclusion? 

The research was based on questionnaire surveys with students on PGCE primary/secondary and BA QTS and all tutors who taught on these courses. The study was presented as a case study analysis of the teaching of ‘race’, diversity and inclusion, which included developing workshops for staff and students. The workshops addressed ways of challenging stereotypes and confronting ‘difference’.

Other activities

Editor-in chief, Women’s Studies International Forum, https://www.journals.elsevier.com/womens-studies-international-forum/ 

Executive Editor, British Journal Of Sociology of Education, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cbse20/current 

Editorial Board member,  Race, Ethnicity and Education, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cree20/current 

Editorial Board member, International Journal of Inclusive Education; http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tied20/current 

Editorial Board Member, International Journal on School Disaffection: http://ioepress.co.uk/journals/international-journal-on-school-disaffection/ 

Editorial Board member, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/csid20 

Vice-Chair, Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG), Equality Challenge Unit.

Publications

Selected publications

Books

Bhopal, K and Myers, M (forthcoming, 2017) Home schooling and Home education: race, class and inequality. London and New York: Routledge. 

Deuchar, R and Bhopal, K (forthcoming, 2017) Young people, social control and inequality: problems and prospects from the margins. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Bhopal, K (2016) The experiences of Black and minority ethnic academics: a comparative study of the unequal academy. London and New York: Routledge. 

Bhopal, K and Danaher, PA (2013) Identity and Pedagogy in Higher Education: International Comparisons. London: Continuum. 

Bhopal, K (2010) Asian Women in Higher Education: Shared Communities. Stoke on Trent: Trentham. 

Bhopal, K and Myers, M (2008) Insiders, Outsiders and Others: Gypsies and Identity. Hertfordshire: University of Hertfordshire Press.  

Brannen, J., Heptinstall E., Bhopal, K. (2000) Connecting Children: Care and Family Life in Later Childhood London: RoutledgeFalmer. 

Bhopal, K. (1997) Gender, ‘Race’ and Patriarchy: A Study of South Asian Women. Aldershot: Ashgate. 

Edited collections

Section Editor Bhopal, K. UK Urban Education (2017) International Handbook of Urban Education, Pink, W. and Noblit, G (Eds). London and New York: Routledge. 

Bhopal, K and Shain, F (Eds) (2016) Neoliberalism and Education: Rearticulating Social Justice and Inclusion. London and New York: Routledge. 

Bhopal, K and Deuchar, R (Eds) (2016) Researching Marginalized Groups. London and New York: Routledge. 

Bhopal, K and Maylor, U (Eds) (2014) Educational Inequalities: Difference and Diversity in Schools and Higher Education. London and New York: Routledge.  

Brooks, R., McCormack, M and Bhopal, K (Eds) (2013) Contemporary Debates in the Sociology of Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Bhopal, K and Preston, J. (Eds) (2012) Intersectionality and ‘Race’ in Education. London and New York: Routledge. 

Articles in refereed journals 

Bhopal, K and Myers, M. (2016) ‘Marginal groups in marginal times: Gypsy and Traveller parents and home education in England, UK’. British Educational Research Journal. 42, 1: 5-20. DOI:10.1002/berj.3198

Bhopal, K., Brown, H. and Jackson, J (2016) ‘BME academic flight from UK to overseas higher education: aspects of marginalisation and exclusion.’ British Educational Research Journal. 42, 2: 240-257. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3204 

Bhopal, K (2016) ‘British Asian women and the costs of higher education in England’. British Journal of Sociology of Education

Myers, M and Bhopal, K (2015) ‘Racism and Bullying in Rural Primary schools in England: protecting White identities post-Macpherson’. British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI:10.1080/01425692.2015.1073099

Bhopal, K (2015) ‘Race, identity and support in initial teacher training’. British Journal of Educational Studies. 63, 2: 197-211.   

Bhopal, K (2014) ‘Race, rurality and representation: Black and minority ethnic mothers’ experiences of their children’s education in rural primary schools in England, UK’. Gender and Education, in Special Issue ‘Gender and Rurality in Education’ 26, 5: 490-504. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09540253.2014.935301 

Harricharan, M and Bhopal, K (2014) Using blogs in qualitative educational research: an exploration of method. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1080/1743727X.2014.885009 

Bhopal, K. and Rhamie, J. (2014) Initial teacher training: understanding ‘race’, diversity and inclusion. in special issue: Race, ethnicity and initial teacher education: the missing link? Race Ethnicity and Education. 17, 3: 304-325. 

Chapman, T. and Bhopal, K. (2013) Countering common sense understandings of 'good parenting:' women of color advocating policy change for their children. in special issue: 'Honoring Derrick Bell's Contributions to Teacher Education, Race, Poverty and Leadership', Race Ethnicity and Education 16, 4: 562-586.