Who we are

Core Academic Staff   

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

Professor of Education and Social Justice, Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) and BAME Academic Lead

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. 

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Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8241
Email k.bhopal@bham.ac.uk

Dr Claire E. Crawford


Claire joined the School of Education in September 2016 as a BRIDGE Research Fellow within the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE). She is a PGCE qualified educator with several years teaching experience at both further and higher education levels.

Her ESRC funded PhD research focused on the critical examination of education policy, standardised testing data, inequity of opportunity, and educational outcomes by race and ethnicity (as intersected with gender, sexuality, class, and dis/ability).

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Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3474
Email c.e.crawford@bham.ac.uk

Dr Reza Gholami

Reader in Sociology of Education
Head of Department of Education and Social Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE).

Reza joined the School of Education in 2017 as a senior lecturer. Previously, he held a lectureship in Sociology of Education at Keele University. He is currently also a Senior Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. He earned his PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London, where he also conducted post-doctoral research funded by the AHRC.

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Telephone +44 (0)121 414 2638
Email r.gholami@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Gillborn

Professor of Critical Race Studies, editor-in-chief of the journal Race Ethnicity and Education, Director of Research in the School of Education.

David is Professor of Critical Race Studies, editor-in-chief of the journal Race Ethnicity and Education, Director of Research in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE).

David’s research focuses on race inequalities in education, especially the role of racism as a changing and complex characteristic of the system. 

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Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4835
Email d.gillborn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Karl Kitching

Reader in Education Policy

Karl's research and teaching focuses on challenging multiple inequalities in education, in childhood and in young people’s lives. His most recent publications include the book Childhood, Religion and School Injustice (Cork University Press, 2020). This book examines how children and parents negotiate secular-religious relations and inequalities across school contexts. He has published a range of internationally peer-reviewed articles on young people’s experiences of racism in school, race theory in education, the sexualisation of childhood, children’s religious identities at school, teacher motivation, and critical theory and pedagogy..  

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Email k.kitching@bham.ac.uk

Dr Dina Kiwan

Reader in Comparative Education
School International Lead

Dina Kiwan is Reader in Comparative Education, having joined the department in January 2017. Her research programme focuses on citizenship and inclusion, and is interdisciplinary and comparative in scope. Her interests centre around sociological and politico-philosophical examinations of inclusive citizenship through the lens of education policy, naturalization policy and migration policy, in particular in the context of pluralist / multicultural societies, and also societies in conflict.  

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Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6734
Email d.j.kiwan@bham.ac.uk

Pofessor Deborah Youdell

Head of the School of Education
Professor of Sociology of Education

Deborah's work is at the forefront of the developing field of biosocial education, which brings emerging knowledge in the new biological sciences together with social science accounts of education to generate new insights into learning and the learner.

This latest line of research intersects with Deborah’s longstanding concern with how inequalities are connected to subjectivities, everyday practices, pedagogy, institutional processes and policy. Deborah’s research has spanned issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, social class, ability and disability and has been underpinned by engagements with post-structural thinking about power, the subject, space, and the political.   

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Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4840
Email d.youdell@bham.ac.uk