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I joined LSBU in August 2016 from the UCL Institute of Education. I am a Senior Lecturer in Education and teach on the BA Education Studies and on the EdD. I am Director of Post Graduate Research Studies (DPGRS) for the School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS). I am also Year 2 lead for BA Education Studies. My research is mostly in the sociology of education.

My research interests include:

Sociology of education

Education policy

Privatisation and academies

Democracy and citizenship

Education for sustainable development

Global learning

Inequalities in education

Critical pedagogy

Courses taught

Education (Work-based) - BA (Hons)

Education - BA (Hons)

Education - PhD & MRes

Education (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

Professional Doctorate in Education with specific focus on social justice and inclusion - EdD

Social Sciences - PhD / MRes

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Sophie Roberta Star MackayWhat discourses about nature do parents draw on when discussing forest schools?DProf
Ms Nelly AlfandariCritical pedagogies in the secondary school classroom: Space, engagement, and emotionsDProf
Mrs Nomazwe Fumisani St MartheHow are black girls in Sixth Form supported in making decisions for university and future careers?DProf
Mr Simon WickendenReconceptualizing LSBU's ITE Partnership with Senior Primary School LeadersDProf
Ms Katherine PecheyCo-designing a transitional curriculum to develop undergraduate academic reading competenciesDProf

Awarded in the last 5 years
Ms Janet RamdeoBlack Female Teachers in White-Dominated Educational Spaces: Narratives of Professional IdentityDProf
PhD

UCL Institute of Education

2010
2014
MRes (MSc in Educational and Social Research): Distinction

Institute of Education

2009
2010
MA Degree, ‘Values in Education’: Distinction

Institute of Education

1997
1998
BA Hons Degree, ‘Politics’: 2.1

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

1991
1994
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PR205808)

HEA

2019
2020
Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education

Institute of Education

2010
2011
Hourly Paid Lecturer on BA Education Studies - Grade 8
UCL Institute of Education

• Planning and teaching seminars on the BA Education Studies

2013
2016
Education
Policy Officer
National Union of Teachers

• Research on privatisation and child poverty

• Developing strategies, briefings and submissions to influence policy

2015
2016
Third sector/charities
Research consultant
n/a

• Supporting Prof Stephen Ball’s research projects on academies and global philanthropy

• Contributing to the evaluation of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme through face-to-face and phone interviews with school leaders, teachers, pupils and policy makers from across the UK

• Facilitating two groups of first year doctoral students at the Institute of Education to discuss and develop their research proposals

2012
2016
Education
Lecturer
YMCA George Williams College

• Tutoring students on the Distance Learning BA in Informal Education (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development) through facilitating study days, marking essays and providing tutorial support

• In autumn 2012, lecturing on ethics and education module

2009
2012
Education
Schools Programme Manager then Policy and Research Manager
DEA (An education charity later called Think Global), London

• Analysing policy, formulating policy stances and successfully influencing education policy-makers

• Carrying out and commissioning research on education policy and practice

• Developing a policy discussion paper, ‘Questioning Education’, around education for a just and sustainable world and working with member organisations and policy makers to develop and work towards policy recommendations

• Supporting DEA members with their schools work.

• Co-ordinating booklets on 'The Global Dimension to ....' various curriculum subjects with relevant subject Associations.

• Co-ordinating the 2005 revision of the government's 'Developing the global dimension in the school curriculum'

2003
2009
Third sector/charities
Higher Executive Officer equivalent (6 month secondment)
PSHE and Citizenship Team, DfES

2003
2003
Other public sector
Education Manager
Institute for Citizenship

2001
2003
Third sector/charities
Lecturer
YMCA George Williams College

2001
2001
Education
Teacher of English as an Additional Language
The Language Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

2000
2000
Education
Class Teacher
Brookhouse School, Nairobi, Kenya

1998
2000
Education
Teacher
Kibera Community Self Help Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

1996
1997
Education
Teacher of English as an Additional Language
The Language Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

1996
1997
Education
Project Assistant
DSA (Health Facility Consultancy), Nairobi, Kenya

1995
1996
Third sector/charities
Co-ordinator and Researcher
UN Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

1995
1995
Other public sector
HEA
2011
BERA
2011
SRHE
2018
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2020
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice
Cambridge Journal of Education
International Journal of Educational Research
BERA Conference 2022
University of Brighton
External examiner

BA (Hons) Education

October 2022
September 2026
Global Learning London

Member of Management Committee

www.globallearninglondon.org

Third sector
October 2020
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Early Career Researcher EMAL Best Paper Award (Jul 2018)

BELMAS

Prize for:

Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1741143215595415


Rent strikes in the neoliberal university: Critical pedagogy for reimagining educational futures
Young, H. and Wenham, L. (2022). Rent strikes in the neoliberal university: Critical pedagogy for reimagining educational futures. Education Across the Divide 2022: Reimagining Educational Futures. online 24 - 24 Mar 2022

Rent Strikes and Resistance: An Illustration of Raising Critical Consciousness
Wenham, L and Young, H. (2021). Rent Strikes and Resistance: An Illustration of Raising Critical Consciousness. 3rd International Conference Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy November 29-December 2, 2021. online 29 Nov - 02 Dec 2021

HRER WERA 7 Talking about rights without talking about rights
Jerome, L., Liddle, A. and Young, H. (2021). HRER WERA 7 Talking about rights without talking about rights. Human Rights Education Review Webinar 7. online 13 - 13 Oct 2021

Teaching controversial issues: Talking about religious freedom and the imagined ‘other’
Jerome, L., Liddle, A and Young, H. (2021). Teaching controversial issues: Talking about religious freedom and the imagined ‘other’. British Educational Research Association. online 13 - 16 Sep 2021 British Educational Research Association.

Book review: The Good Ancestor: How to think long term in a short-term world, by Roman Krznaric
Young, H. (2021). Book review: The Good Ancestor: How to think long term in a short-term world, by Roman Krznaric. London Review of Education. 19 (1). https://doi.org/10.14324/LRE.19.1.20

Talking Tolerance: Being Deliberative about Fundamental British Values
Jerome, L, Liddle, A and Young, H. (2021). Talking Tolerance: Being Deliberative about Fundamental British Values. PRISM. https://doi.org/10.24377/prism.ljmu.0302204

Talking about rights without talking about rights: on the absence of knowledge in classroom discussions
Jerome, L., Liddle, A. and Young, H. (2021). Talking about rights without talking about rights: on the absence of knowledge in classroom discussions. Human Rights Education Review. 4 (1), pp. 8-26. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3979

Student voice in higher education: Opening the loop
Young, H. and Jerome, L. (2020). Student voice in higher education: Opening the loop. British Educational Research Journal. 46 (3), pp. 688-705. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3603

Student Voice in Higher Education: Opening the Loop
Young, H (2018). Student Voice in Higher Education: Opening the Loop. 38' Coloquio Interdisciplinario de Educación. Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile 12 Sep 2018

Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies
Young, H (2018). Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies. BELMAS Annual Conference: Education Policy and Sustainability: global perspectives from the field of educational leadership. Windsor 06 - 08 Jul 2018 BELMAS.

Podcast with Prof Helen Gunter about ''Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies"
Young, H (2017). Podcast with Prof Helen Gunter about ''Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies".

'Privatisation, Education and Social Justice', edited by Geoffrey Walford
Young, H. (2016). 'Privatisation, Education and Social Justice', edited by Geoffrey Walford. London Review of Education. 14 (3), pp. 101-102. https://doi.org/10.18546/lre.14.3.10

Book review of 'Privatisation, Education and Social Justice', edited by Geoffrey Walford
Young, H (2016). Book review of 'Privatisation, Education and Social Justice', edited by Geoffrey Walford. London Review of Education. 14 (3), pp. 101-102. https://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.14.3.10

What do ‘skills’ mean for school governing bodies? [blog post]
Young, H (2016). What do ‘skills’ mean for school governing bodies? [blog post]. British Educational Research Association.

Busy yet passive: (non-)decision making in school governing bodies
Young, H (2016). Busy yet passive: (non-)decision making in school governing bodies. British Journal of Sociology of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2016.1158641

Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies
Young, H (2015). Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. 45 (1), pp. 40-56. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143215595415

Asking the ‘right’ questions: the constitution of school governing bodies as apolitical
Young, H (2015). Asking the ‘right’ questions: the constitution of school governing bodies as apolitical. Journal of Education Policy. 31 (2), pp. 161 - 177. https://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2015.1062145

Ambiguous Citizenship: Democratic practices and school governing bodies
Young, H (2014). Ambiguous Citizenship: Democratic practices and school governing bodies. PhD Thesis University of London Institute of Education

A constituição da subjetividade docente no Brasil: um contexto global
Ball, S.J., Bailey, P., Mena, P., del Monte, P., Santori, D., Tseng, C., Young, H. and Olmedo, A. (2013). A constituição da subjetividade docente no Brasil: um contexto global. Revista Educação em Questão. 46 (32), pp. 9-36. https://doi.org/10.21680/1981-1802.2013v46n32ID5114

Naming the world: Coming to terms with complexity
Young, H. (2010). Naming the world: Coming to terms with complexity. Policy & Practice-A Development Education Review. 10, pp. 99-104.

Questioning Education
Young, H and Shah, H (2008). Questioning Education. London DEA.