About us

The Department of Education and Social Justice (ESJ) is an interdisciplinary group focusing on social justice and critical enquiry in education and whose members share a common interest in researching the inequalities that persist in society. We are research-led, practice engaged academics and include amongst ourselves leading authorities in history, politics, sociology and education. 

Programmes and Courses

All members of the Department are actively involved in research, and this informs teaching on all our courses, which includes three undergraduate courses; BA (Hons) Education and our two Joint Honours undergraduate courses BA (Hons) Education and History and the BA (Hons) Education and Sociology. We also have a number of Postgraduate taught courses including International Studies in Education, School Improvement and Educational Leadership and Management of Special Education in Developing Countries. See our course page for more information on all the ESJ courses.


Our research has an international as well as national focus, and our interests extend from early childhood education through to adult learning, spanning from the historic to contemporary issues. Our research activity can be grouped into five broad sub areas:

  • Education Policy and Effectiveness,
  • Histories of Education and Childhood,
  • International Education and Global Justice,
  • Post-compulsory and Informal Education and Training,
  • Sociology of Educational Inequalities.


Joanne Thomas - Department Secretary
Telephone +44(0)121 415 8240
Email: j.thomas.1@bham.ac.uk 

Department web pages www.birmingham.ac.uk/esj