Members of the Department of Education and Social Justice

 

Head of Department

Professor Dina Kiwan

Professor Dina Kiwan

Professor in Comparative Education
School International Lead, Head of Department

Dina Kiwan is a Professor 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, ...

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

Academic Staff

Simon Asquith

Simon Asquith

Senior Lecturer
Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and programme lead for the PGDip Teaching Studies and MA Teaching Studies

Simon Asquith is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Education and Head of Education in the Department of Educational and Social Justice. 

Simon has taught in the school sector in Leeds, Bradford and Cumbria and has lectured in teacher education and in geography and geographical and environmental education at Liverpool Hope University. He has held leadership roles in ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7607
Email
s.asquith@bham.ac.uk

Dr Bene Bassetti

Associate Professor in Bilingualism and Language Learning

Dr Bassetti is an applied linguist, who is researching bilingualism and second language learning. In particular, Dr Bassetti is investigating the learning and use of second language writing systems (scripts/orthographies), and bilingual cognition (language and thought in bilinguals and language learners). 

 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8221
Email
b.bassetti@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

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

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice. She was appointed Professorial Research Fellow from 2017-2020. In January 2020 she became Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE) in the School of Education.

Kalwant’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted ...

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

Dr Helen Breadmore

Dr Helen Breadmore

Associate Professor Psychology in Education

Dr Helen Breadmore is a psychologist whose research focuses on language and literacy development. She is particularly interested in understanding the processes that underpin reading and writing, and how to deliver best practice in literacy education to improve outcomes. She has applied a wide range of research methods to her work, from experimental and cross-sectional studies to large scale ...

Email
h.breadmore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth Chilton

Dr Elizabeth Chilton

Lecturer in Language, Literacies and Education
Digital Champion for the Department of Education and Social Justice

Elizabeth is lecturer in language, literacies and education. She is the Programme Director for MEd Bilingualism in Education and convenes the MA/MSc module Language, Discourse and Society. As Digital Champion, Eizabeth leads the enhancement of digital learning and teaching across the Department of Education and Social Justice. She is a member of the School of Education’s Mosaic Group ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3589
Email
e.h.chilton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Claire E. Crawford

Dr Claire E. Crawford

Lecturer

Claire joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as the first ‘BRIDGE Fellow’ (‘Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education’). The 3-year research fellowship formed part of a larger transatlantic partnership between the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.

Claire’s research interests focus on ...

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

Dr Laura D’Olimpio

Dr Laura D’Olimpio

Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education
Director of Postgraduate Research

Dr Laura D’Olimpio is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to taking up this position in 2019, Laura was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The University of Notre Dame Australia. 

Laura completed her PhD ‘The Moral Possibilities of Mass Art’ at The University of Western Australia. She is co-founder and co-editor of the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8148
Email
l.dolimpio@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laura Day Ashley

Dr Laura Day Ashley

Senior Lecturer

Laura became Lecturer at the School of Education in 2011 after completing a Birmingham Research Fellowship. Prior to that she worked as a member of a team on a large-scale research programme, the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund (DfES) at the University of Birmingham. She joined the University of Birmingham from the University of Oxford where she held an ESRC research studentship and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4827
Email
l.dayashley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jane Gatley

Dr Jane Gatley

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Jane is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the ESRC working on the case for teaching philosophy in schools. This work is a development of her PhD research, and will include publishing a monograph based on my thesis called ‘Why Teach Philosophy in Schools: the case for philosophy on the curriculum’.

Her research falls under the heading of ‘philosophy of education’. She ...

Email
j.o.gatley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Reza Gholami

Dr Reza Gholami

Reader in Sociology of Education
Deputy Director of CRRE

Reza joined the University of Birmingham in 2017 from Keele University. He is currently a Reader in Sociology of Education. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Senior 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 ...

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

Dr Sarah Gillborn

Lecturer in Psychology

Sarah Gillborn is a Lecturer in Psychology in Education in the Department of Education and Social Justice. She is a critical psychologist interested in critical feminist and qualitative research. Sarah’s research focuses on analyses of discourse and voice, particularly in relation to public policy, in order to understand how social issues are officially constructed and re/negotiated by ...

Email
s.gillborn@bham.ac.uk

Professor Michael Hand

Professor Michael Hand

Professor of Philosophy of Education
University Director of Postgraduate Research

Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education in the School of Education and Director of Postgraduate Research in the University Graduate School. He is Chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and Chair of Governors at Kings Heath Primary School. He edits the IMPACT pamphlet series and the Bloomsbury Philosophy of Education book ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8277
Email
m.hand@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Harrison

Dr Tom Harrison

Reader and Programme Director – MA Character Education
Director of Education - Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

Tom Harrison is a Reader, HEA Principal Fellow and National Teaching Fellow. He is Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and Programme Director for the MA in Character Education.  Tom is also the books editor for the British Journal of Educational Studies (BJES), Secretary and Trustee for the Society for Educational Studies(SES) and Secretary and Trustee ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4812
Email
t.j.harrison@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ben Kotzee

Dr Ben Kotzee

Reader in Philosophy of Education

Ben Kotzee is a Reader in Philosophy of Education in the School of Education. He works on topics in the philosophy of education and focuses on applying insights from contemporary epistemology to questions regarding intellectual development. He also has research interests in professional ethics and in professional education. Ben Kotzee is the editor of the journal Theory and Research in Education ( ...

Email
h.b.kotzee@bham.ac.uk

Vera Kubenz

Research Fellow

Vera Kubenz is a Research Fellow within the School of Education. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project with the aim to produce a framework for the UN Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to ensure that the global response to and recovery from COVID-19 is disability-inclusive. Her general research areas of interests are critical disability studies, as well as gender ...

Email
v.i.kubenz@bham.ac.uk

Dr Eleni Mariou

Lecturer in Educational Linguistics

Eleni Mariou is the Programme Director of the MSc TESOL Education.

Before joining the School of Education in 2014, Eleni worked as a Teaching Fellow in TESOL at the University of Edinburgh, and also was an Associate Tutor on the distance-learning MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL programme at the University of Leicester for several years. Eleni has extensive experience teaching English for ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8066
Email
e.mariou@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jane Martin

Professor Jane Martin

Professor of Social History of Education
Director, Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood and Executive Editor of Educational Review

Jane moved to Birmingham from the Institute of Education, University of London, where she was Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is Director of the Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood and Executive Editor of Educational Review.

She teaches and researches on gender and history, education policy and social justice, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7446
Email
j.martin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ian McGimpsey

Dr Ian McGimpsey

Senior Lecturer BA in Education

Ian’s work is focussed on the sociological analysis of youth and youth services. His research has taken place within youth service providers, and has focussed on how policy on education, youth and localism relates to the identities and practices of youth workers and related occupational groups. Central to his work is a concern with inequality and social justice, and the role youth services ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8219
Email
i.mcgimpsey.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tarek Mostafa

Dr Tarek Mostafa

Associate Professor in Education and Public Policy

Tarek is a Associate Professor in Education and Public Policy at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Previously, he was a policy analyst at the OECD directorate of Education and Skills (PISA team) and a Senior Research Associate at University College London, Institute of Education.

His research interests include education, public and social policy, assessment, equity in education, ...

Telephone
+44 1 214 143 467
Email
t.mostafa@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kevin Myers

Professor Kevin Myers

Professor in History and Education
Director of Education, School of Education

Kevin joined the University of Birmingham in 2000. He is the Director of Education in the School of Education and teaches social history and education on the BA (Hons) Education programme. He is a member of the editorial boards for the journals, Education Review, History of Education and Paedagogica Historica.

His latest book is entitled : Struggles for a Past: Irish and Afro-Caribbean ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 415 8230
Email
k.p.myers@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jawiria Naseem

Dr Jawiria Naseem

Lecturer in Education & Social Justice

Jawiria joined the School of Education in 2017 as a Lecturer in Education. Previously, she held lectureships in Community Development at Birkbeck, University of London and in Sociology at Paris-Dauphine University. She earned her PhD in Sociology in the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education. 

Jawiria is interested in cross-country comparative research examining how ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3471
Email
j.naseem@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sian Roberts

Dr Sian Roberts

Lecturer in Education and Social Justice

Siân joined the School of Education in 2016. Siân initially trained as an archivist, and worked as a senior archives practitioner in the heritage sector for several years. During this period she was involved in a number of archives and heritage learning projects, most notably the Heritage Lottery Funded Connecting Histories project and the Children’s Lives project. Before ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7401
Email
s.roberts.2@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tonie Stolberg

Dr Tonie Stolberg

Lecturer in Science and Science Education
Welfare Officer

His current work draws on both his background in research chemistry and psychology, and new data as to what practices (philosophically, educationally, pedagogically and culturally) might best be adopted to encourage personally meaningful educational practices.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 415 8395
Email
t.l.stolberg@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ruth Wareham

Dr Ruth Wareham

Lecturer in Philosophy of Education

Dr Ruth Wareham is a Lecturer in Philosophy of Education who joined the School of Education in September 2021. Prior to that, she was Education Campaigns Manager for Humanists UK, where she continues to work as an Education Policy Researcher.   

Ruth’s primary research interests sit at the intersection between religion and education and she previously worked as a ...

Email
r.j.wareham@bham.ac.uk

Professor Deborah Youdell

Professor Deborah Youdell

Head of the School of Education
Professor of Sociology of Education

Deborah Youdell is Head of the School of Education and Professor of Sociology of Education.  She is a member of the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE).

Her 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 ...

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

Associated Staff

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker

Emeritus Professor of Vocational and Higher Education

Ann-Marie Bathmaker joined the University of Birmingham in 2012 as Professor of Vocational and Higher Education. She started her career working in provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages, and she then worked as a local authority advisor for equal opportunities as part of the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative, before moving into higher education. Her career in higher ...

Email
a.m.bathmaker@bham.ac.uk

Dr Marion Bowl

Dr Marion Bowl

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Marion is an academic, teacher and community worker with over 40 years’ experience of developing, managing and researching adult and community education practice and policy both in the U.K. and overseas. She has held a range of management roles in the School of Education, including Head of Division, Deputy Head of Department, Director of Postgraduate Research and Director of ...

Email
m.bowl.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lynn Davies

Professor Lynn Davies

Emeritus Professor of International Education

Lynn Davies is Emeritus Professor of International Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. 

Her background is in teaching at primary, secondary and teacher education levels, in Mauritius and Malaysia as well as UK.  Research and consultancy interests lie in the broad field of education governance and equity, but with a particular focus on conflict, ...

Email
l.davies@bham.ac.uk

Professor Peter Davies

Professor Peter Davies

Emeritus Professor of Education Policy Research

Following experience as a head of department in a secondary school, Peter joined the School of Education at the University of Manchester where he worked in teacher education and the development of assessments for the National Curriculum. Joining the Department of Economics at Staffordshire University in 1994 he established and led the Institute for Education Policy Research. He moved to the ...

Email
p.davies.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Gillborn

Professor David Gillborn

Emeritus Professor of Critical Race Studies
Editor-in-chief of the journal 'Race Ethnicity and Education'

David is Emeritus Professor of Critical Race Studies and editor-in-chief of the journal Race Ethnicity and Education.

David’s research focuses on race inequalities in education, especially the role of racism as a changing and complex characteristic of the system. He has written 6 books and more than 180 refereed articles, chapters and reports that range from original studies in ...

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

Professor Ian Grosvenor

Professor Ian Grosvenor

Emeritus Professor of Urban Education History
Director of the Voices of War & Peace Centre

Ian Grosvenor is Professor of Urban Educational History. He is author of numerous articles and books on racism, education and identity, the visual in educational research, the material culture of education and the history of urban education. Books include, Assimilating Identities. Racism and Education in Post 1945 Britain (1997), Silences and Images. The Social History of the Classroom (1999) ...

Email
i.d.grosvenor@bham.ac.uk

Professor Clive Harber

Professor Clive Harber

Emeritus Professor of International Education

Clive Harber is Emeritus Professor of International Education. He was formerly a social science teacher in secondary schools and an initial teacher educator.

From 1995-9, he was head of the School of Education at the then University of Natal, South Africa. He was also head of the School of Education, University of Birmingham from 2003-2006. He has recently completed books on education, ...

Email
c.r.harber@bham.ac.uk

Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones

Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones

Emeritus Professor

Marilyn Martin-Jones is Emeritus Professor and former Director of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism. She has been involved in research on bilingualism and multilingualism in different regions of Britain for thirty years. She has undertaken three broad types of research: (1.) research on the use of multilingual resources in face-to-face interaction; (2.) research on multilingual ...

Email
m.martinjones@bham.ac.uk

Professor Christine Skelton

Professor Christine Skelton

Emeritus Professor of Gender Education

Professor Christine Skelton is Emeritus Professor of Gender Education in the School of Education. She was a primary school teacher for ten years before entering Higher Education in the 1980s. Christine worked at the University of Newcastle before taking up a professorial post at Roehampton University. She moved to the University of Birmingham in 2007.

Her central interests are in the fields of ...

Email
c.skelton@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ruth Watts

Professor Ruth Watts

Emeritus Professor of History of Education

Ruth Watts is Emeritus Professor of History of Education at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are in the history of education and gender and she has published much on these, her first book being Gender, Power and the Unitarians in England, 1760-1860 (Longman, 1997) and her latest being Women in Science: A Social and Cultural History(Routledge, 2007). She is on the Board of ...

Email
r.e.watts@bham.ac.uk

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