My first degree was in Sociology and Psychology and my PhD in the Sociology of Education. I worked as a research fellow on the ESRC funded 'Changing Teaching and Managerial Cultures in Further Education' project before taking up a lectureship in education at Keele in 1999. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2004 and to professor in 2013.
My past work includes teaching sociology at A level – I taught for six years at Newcastle-under-Lyme college of FE. I have also worked in the voluntary sector for Victim Support in London.
Research and scholarship
- Sociology of education
- Educational inequalities and identities- race, gender, class
- Education policy and politics
- Leadership and management of education
- Muslim girls’ narrative accounts of past, present and future lives. Leverhulme Trust funded
- Strategies for Raising Attainment at KS1 – Stoke Primary Schools Project (PI) Stoke city council funded (PI, with Prof Steve Cropper and Dr Ruth Dann) Project Website
- Children’s understanding of peak oil (PI) British Academy funded (PI, with Prof Bulent Gokay) - Project Website
I am an Executive Editor of British Journal of Sociology of Education and I am/have also been on the Editorial boards of the following journals:
Full Publications Listshow
Bhopal K and Shain F (Eds.). 2015. Neoliberalism and Education: Rearticulating Social Justice. London: Routledge Taylor and Francis.
The New Folk Devils: Muslim Boys and Education in England. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. link>2011.
The Schooling and Identity of Asian Girls. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. link>2003.
Succeeding against the odds: can schools ‘compensate for society’?. Education 3-13, vol. 44(1). doi>2016.
Race, nation and education: an overview of British attempts to ‘manage diversity’ since the 1950s. Education Inquiry, 63-85, vol. 4(1).2013.
REVIEW ESSAY ‘Getting on’ rather than ‘getting by’: ethnicity, class and ‘success against the odds’. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 153-163, vol. 33(1). doi>2012.
2010 Britishness, the ‘War on Terror’ and Education. Education for Liberation, 20-23.
Uneasy Alliances: British Muslims and Socialists since the 1950s. The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 95-109, vol. 25(1). doi>2009.
British Muslims' expectations of the government: Secular or Islamic? What schools do British Muslims want for their children?. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, 663-666, vol. 27(5). link>2006.
Review Essay: Creating third spaces: youth, schooling and difference. Discourse, 119-126, vol. 24(1). full text>2003.
Just Schooling: Explorations in the Cultural Politics of Teaching. British Journal of Educational Studies, 360-362, vol. 49(3).2001.
Identity Crisis? Problems and Issues in the Sociology of Education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 109-120, vol. 22(1). doi>2001.
By Appointment:governance, markets and managerialism in further education. British Educational Research Journal, 545-561, vol. 25(4). doi>1999.
Teachers' work and Professionalism in the Further Education Sector. Education and Social Justice, 55-63, vol. 1(3).1999.
Dangerous radicals or symbols of crisis and change: re-theorising the status of Muslim boys as a threat to the social order. In Education, Neo-liberalism and Muslim students: Schooling a 'Suspect Community'.2017.
Change AND tradition: Muslim boys’ talk about their post-16 aspirations. In Educational inequalities: difference and diversity in schools and higher education. Bhopal K and Maylor U (Eds.). London, GB, New York, US,: Routledge (Routledge Research in Education).2013.
Intersections of 'race', class and gender in the social and political identifications of young Muslims in England. In Intersectionality and "Race" in Education. Bhopal K and Preston J (Eds.). Routledge.2012.
Refusing to Integrate: Asian girls, achievement and the experience of schooling. In Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing concerns, new agendas. Jackson C, Paechter C, Renold E (Eds.). Open University Press.2010.
Managing Ambiguity: Between Markets and Managerialism: A Case Study of "Middle" Managers in Further Education. In Effective Educational Leadership. Bennett N, Crawford M, Cartwright M (Eds.). Sage, London.2002.
The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities'. link>2013.
The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities', Open Democracy, August 26. full text>2013.
The Prevent Agenda and its unintended and intended consequences, invited panel contribution to mark the launch of the Centre for Identities and Social Justice, Goldsmiths College, October 5, 2011. link>
2009. From Macpherson to the ‘War on Terror’: analysing the educational implications of New Labour’s record on ‘race’, contribution to Keynote Symposium on Race and Educational (in)equalities, BERA Conference, Manchester University, 4 September. link>
2005. 'Intersections of race and class in the social and political identifications of Muslim youth' contribution to Keynote Symposium, on Theorising Race and Racisms, BERA conference, University of Glamorgan. 15 September. link>
Shain, F (2012) Book Review of Promoting social cohesion: implications for policy and evaluation Edited by Peter Ratcliffe and Ines Newman The Policy Press, 2011.Book Review.
I welcome applications for PGR study and/or collaborative work on any area connected to my research.
Successful doctoral completions:
2019 Tracey Wire 'Sex education in primary schools'
- 2018 Maria Neary ‘Inhabiting a woman’s world: Male General Nurses in Ireland’
- 2017 Nadena Doharty PhD Education ‘Black History Month and Black History in the National Curriculum in the UK’ full time (Faculty Studentship)
- 2017 Samira Nicholas 'The relationship between technology integration and the development of global citizenship skills and attitudes in a Lebanese context'
- 2016 Jennifer Wells ‘Boys literacy and learning in primary education’
- 2016 Andrew Middleton 'An investigation into decision making within secondary schools on Information and Communications Technology inside the same Northern County of England'
- 2015 Sian Edwards (funded) ‘Problematic Youth': An ethnographic study of working class culture at 'home' and within a Pupil Referral Unit'
- 2015 Emrah Celik 'Between Religion and secularization: an ethnographic study of Turkish University Students'
- 2014 Mary Furey 'Managing ‘at-risk’ students: investigating the role of personal tutors in the delivery of pastoral care in further education '
- 2012 Tom O’Connor ‘Men in the nursing profession: masculinities and gendered identities’
- 2010 Mary Bradshaw 'Women managers' perspectives on the further education maelstrom '
- 2010 Hazel Mackey 'The narrative construction of professional identities : the case of occupational therapy'
- 2010 Virgina Fisher 'Double, double toil and (GENDER) trouble' a feminist ethnography of the performance of gender and sexuality within a business school'
- 2006 Julie Harrower 'New managerialism, women managers in the academy, and the regulation of the gendered identities: a case study of a 'new' university'
- 2016 Hefin Gwylim ‘The declared political identity of social workers in a neoliberal era’ DSW, Keele University
- 2013 Kay Norman ' Year 11 pupils’ perceptions of nursing: an exploratory study'
- 2012 Francis Farrell ‘Encountering Difference’: a study of adolescent males’ masculine identity work and its relationship to secondary age phase religious education’
- 2006 Ruby Green ‘A feminist ethnographic study of the socio-cultural factors that influence sex education in Guyana’
- 2003 Gillian Forrester ‘Primary Teachers and Performance Related Pay’
Current doctoral students (as lead supervisor):
- Sadhia Shahab 'The Prevent duty in Education'.
- Tracey Wire 'Sex education in primary schools' – part time
- Harjinder Kaur- Aujla 'Domestic Violence and Mental Health'
EdD (all part time)
- Theo Tambi ‘The educational experiences of black West Africans in UK schools
- Maria Neary ‘Inhabiting a woman’s world: Male General Nurses in Ireland’
- Joanne Bates 'Personal and professional identities of women on midwifery courses'
I am second supervisor to:
- Keely Hughes PhD Sociology ''The meaning of British ‘universal state education’
- Giulia Mininni PhD Enviromental Studies 'Can energy empower women? A Case Study from the Solar Mamas’ project in rural Rajasthan'
- Niki Simbani PhD Social POlicy/Nursing Group Clinical Supervision in Mental Health Nursing'
Examination of doctoral degrees
I have externally examined doctoral degrees at the following Universities:
Institute of Education; University College London; Kings College London, Manchester University; Southampton University; Aston University; Brunel University; Leicester University; University of Peshawar; London Metropolitan University; University of West of England.