Prof Farzana Shain

Title: Professor of Sociology of Education
Phone: (+44) 01782 733118
Email: f.shain@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building : CBA1.062
Role: SSPP Director of Research (Director of Centre for Social Policy)
Subject Lead Education
Contacting me: Call at my office or send me an e-mail

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 interests

  • Sociology of education
  • Educational inequalities and identities- race, gender, class
  • Education policy and politics
  • Leadership and management of education

Recent/Current projects:

  • 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  

Professional activities:

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:

Other professional activities include: 

  • British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education, which I co-convened in its inaugural term with Professor Gill Crozier (2005-2008).
  • Keele Listening to Young People forum, Co-organiser with Professor Maggie Atkinson Keele University

 

Select recent keynotes/invited papers and public talks

  • ‘Tested’: Film screening and Panel discussion, Kings College London Thursday October  29th, 2015

     Shain F (2015) 'Feminisms, imperialism and the 'war on terror'' Invited Keynote address: Gender and Education biannual conference, Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy 24-26 June, University of Roehampton, June 2015

    Shain, F (2014) invited Public Lecture University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Media, Cognition and communication and AMIS (The Centre for Advanced Migration Studies) March 13 

    Shain, F  'Intersections of 'race', class and gender in the social and political identifications of young Muslims in England'. Invited paper: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University, October  24, 2012

    Shain, F   ‘The girl effect’: exploring gendered impacts and opportunities in an age of austerity'.  Keynote paper: Modern girlhoods in the 21st Century: organized and sponsored by the Gender and Education Association,  Brunel University, the BSA youth studies group, February 8, 2012

    Shain F.   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>

    Shain F. New Labour, Education and the ‘War on Terror' invited panel contribution, ‘Islamaphobia, Islam and Education’- British Educational Research Association (BERA) SIG Conference 2010, University of East London,  March, 4,2011.

Selected Publications

  • Bhopal K and Shain F (Eds.). 2015. Neoliberalism and Education: Rearticulating Social Justice. London: Routledge Taylor and Francis.
  • Shain F. 2016. Succeeding against the odds: can schools ‘compensate for society’?. Education 3-13, vol. 44(1). doi>
  • Gokay B and Shain F. 2015. Making sense of the protests in Turkey (and Brazil): contesting neo-liberal urbanism in ‘Rebel Cities’. Estudos Ibero-Americanos, vol. 41(2), 242-261. doi>
  • Bhopal K and Shain F. 2014. Educational inclusion: towards a social justice agenda? INTRODUCTION. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, vol. 35(5), 645-649. link> doi>
  • Gokay B and Shain F. 2013. The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities'. link>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Bhopal K and Shain F (Eds.). 2015. Neoliberalism and Education: Rearticulating Social Justice. London: Routledge Taylor and Francis.
  • Shain F. 2011. The New Folk Devils: Muslim Boys and Education in England. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. link>
  • Shain F. 2003. The Schooling and Identity of Asian Girls. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. link>

Journal Articles

  • Shain F. 2016. Succeeding against the odds: can schools ‘compensate for society’?. Education 3-13, vol. 44(1). doi>
  • Gokay B and Shain F. 2015. Making sense of the protests in Turkey (and Brazil): contesting neo-liberal urbanism in ‘Rebel Cities’. Estudos Ibero-Americanos, vol. 41(2), 242-261. doi>
  • Bhopal K and Shain F. 2014. Educational inclusion: towards a social justice agenda? INTRODUCTION. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, vol. 35(5), 645-649. link> doi>
  • Shain F. 2013. ‘The girl effect’: exploring narratives of gendered impacts and opportunities in neoliberal development. Sociological Research Online, vol. 18(2), Article 9. link> doi> link>
  • Shain F. 2013. Race, nation and education: an overview of British attempts to ‘manage diversity’ since the 1950s. Education Inquiry, vol. 4(1), 63-85.
  • Shain F. 2012. REVIEW ESSAY ‘Getting on’ rather than ‘getting by’: ethnicity, class and ‘success against the odds’. British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 33(1), 153-163. doi>
  • Shain F. 2010. Culture, Survival and Resistance: Theorising Young Asian women's experiences and strategies in secondary education. Discourse: The Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 21(2), 155-174. doi> link>
  • Shain F. 2010 Britishness, the ‘War on Terror’ and Education. Education for Liberation, 20-23.
  • Shain F. 2009. Uneasy Alliances: British Muslims and Socialists since the 1950s. The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, vol. 25(1), 95-109. doi>
  • Archer L, Shain F, Williams C. 2006. British Muslims' expectations of the government: Secular or Islamic? What schools do British Muslims want for their children?. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, vol. 27(5), 663-666. link>
  • Shain F. 2003. Review Essay: Creating third spaces: youth, schooling and difference. Discourse, vol. 24(1), 119-126.
  • Shain F and Ozga J. 2001. Identity Crisis? Problems and Issues in the Sociology of Education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 22(1), 109-120. doi>
  • Shain F. 2001. Just Schooling: Explorations in the Cultural Politics of Teaching. British Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 49(3), 360-362.
  • Shain F. 2000. Managing to Lead: Women Managers in the Post Incorporated Further Education Sector. Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol. 24,(No. 2), 218-230. link>
  • Gleeson D and Shain F. 1999. By Appointment:governance, markets and managerialism in further education. British Educational Research Journal, vol. 25(4), 545-561. doi>
  • Gleeson D and Shain F. 1999. Managing ambiguity: between markets and managerialism - a case study of 'middle' managers in further education. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, vol. 47(3), 461-490. link> doi>
  • Shain F and Gleeson D. 1999. Under new management: changing conceptions of teacher professionalism and policy in the further education sector. JOURNAL OF EDUCATION POLICY, vol. 14(4), 445-462. link> doi>
  • Shain F. 1999. Teachers' work and Professionalism in the Further Education Sector. Education and Social Justice, vol. 1(3), 55-63.

Chapters

  • Shain F. 2013. 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).
  • Shain F. 2012. 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.
  • Shain F. 2010. 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.
  • Gleeson D and Shain F. 2002. 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.

Other

  • Gokay B and Shain F. 2013. The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities'. link>
  • Gokay B and Shain F. 2013. The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities', Open Democracy, August 26.
  • Shain F. 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>
  • Gokay B and Shain F. 2011. Higher Education Cuts, Student Protests and Media Misrepresentation. link>
  • Shain F. 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>
  • Shain F. 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. 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.

In 2017/18 I am on a Leverhulme Research Funded Fellowship   

 

  • EDU-10029 Childhood, Policy and Education  
  • EDU-30071 Independent Research Project (Dissertation) (Module Leader)
  • EDU-40106 Introduction to Theories and Methods    
  • EDU-40104 Critical Theories and Analytical Perpsectives in Education
  • EDU-40107 Preparing and Presenting a Thesis Proposal (thesis progression) 
  • EDU-40035 Education Special Option (research training) 
  • Thesis workshops 

 

I welcome applications for PGR study and/or collaborative work on any area connected to my research. 

Successful doctoral completions:

Lead supervised:

  • 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 (Brownlie)  (ESRC 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' 

 Co/second supervised:

  • 2016       Hefin Gwylim ‘The declared political identity of social workers in a neoliberal era’  DSW, Keele Unviersity
  • 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):

PhD

  • 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

Examination of doctoral programmes 

London Metropolitan University EdD  2012-2015