Members of the Department of Education and Social Justice

 

Head of Department

Dr Reza Gholami

Dr Reza Gholami

Senior lecturer
Head of Department of Education and Social Justice

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 ...

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

Academic Staff

Dr Sarah Aiston

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Sarah is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and Social Justice, School of Education. Immediately prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Sarah was a member of staff in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong, where she was also Convenor of the Women’s Studies Research Centre. Prior to working in Asia for several years, she was a lecturer at ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4814
Email
s.j.aiston@bham.ac.uk

Simon Asquith

Simon Asquith

Senior Lecturer
Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

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

Senior Lecturer 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).

Dr Bassetti is the Acting Director, MA Social Research(to Dec 2019) and the lead ...

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

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker

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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3467
Email
a.m.bathmaker@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

Professorial Research Fellow
Professor of Education and Social Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE)

Kalwant is Professor of Education and Social Justice, Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director of 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 ...

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

Dr Marion Bowl

Dr Marion Bowl

Senior Lecturer in Education

Marion is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. Her areas of research and teaching expertise include post-compulsory education, adult and informal education, widening participation in further and higher education and education in the context of globalisation and internationalisation. In the School of Education she is Departmental lead on Internationalisation in the Department for ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4380
Email
m.bowl.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth Chilton

Dr Elizabeth Chilton

Lecturer in Language, Literacies and Education

Elizabeth is a lecturer in the Department of Education and Social Justice in the School of Education. She is Programme Director for the MEd Bilingualism in Education and teaches on the MA Education (TEFL) programme. Before joining the School of Education she worked as a research fellow on a number of projects in the Institute of Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham. These ...

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

Dr Claire E. Crawford

Dr Claire E. Crawford

Bridge Research Fellow

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 ...

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

Dr Laura D’Olimpio

Dr Laura D’Olimpio

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education

Dr Laura D’Olimpio is a Senior Lecturer in 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 open ...

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

Dr Laura Day Ashley

Dr Laura Day Ashley

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 Reza Gholami

Dr Reza Gholami

Senior lecturer
Head of Department of Education and Social Justice

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 ...

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

Professor David Gillborn

Professor David Gillborn

Professor of Critical Race Studies
Director of Research, Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) and Editor-in-Chief, Race Ethnicity and 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. He has written 6 books ...

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

Professor Ian Grosvenor

Professor Ian Grosvenor

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) ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4826
Email
i.d.grosvenor@bham.ac.uk

Professor Michael Hand

Professor Michael Hand

Professor of Philosophy of Education
Deputy Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education in the School of Education and Deputy Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is editor of the IMPACT pamphlet series and the Bloomsbury Philosophy of Educationbook series. Michael's research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He has ...

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

Dr Dina Kiwan

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 ...

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

Dr Ben Kotzee

Dr Ben Kotzee

Senior Lecturer
Director of Postgraduate Research

Ben Kotzee is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Director of Postgraduate Research. 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 ...

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

Dr Eleni Mariou

Lecturer in Educational Linguistics

Eleni Mariou is a Lecturer in Educational Linguistics and Programme Director of the MA TEFL.

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 ...

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

Professor Jane Martin

Professor Jane Martin

Professor of Social History of Education

Jane moved to Birmingham from the Institute of Education, University of London, where she was Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She teaches and researches on gender and history, education policy and social justice, and research methods in education. Her publications include Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England, winner of the History of ...

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

Dr Ian McGimpsey

Dr Ian McGimpsey

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 Kevin Myers

Dr Kevin Myers

Reader in social 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 lecturer in Education. Previously, she held a lectureship in Community Development at Birkbeck, University of London and as Lecturer in Sociology at Paris-Dauphine University. Jawiria is an Early Career Academic Partner at UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. She earned her PhD in Sociology in the Department of Social Science at UCL ...

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 Wendy Symes

Dr Wendy Symes

Lecturer
Director of undergraduate programmes in the School of Education

Wendy Symes is interested in psychological predictors of achievement, such as motivation, interest, self-concept and anxiety. She has worked on a number of research projects in the area with researchers from the UK, China and Germany.  She is also interested in the inclusion of students with autism. In particular, she is interested in how schools can support the social experiences of ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8292
Email
w.symes@bham.ac.uk

Professor Deborah Youdell

Professor Deborah Youdell

Professor of Sociology of Education

Deborah Youdell is Professor of Sociology of Education in the School of Education.  

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 learning and the learner. Her latest book Biosocial Educationco-authore ...

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

Associated Staff

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 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 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

Department Administrator

Telephone +44(0)121 415 8240 
Email: esj-admin@contacts.bham.ac.uk