Dr Sally Findlow

Title: Senior Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733913
Email: s.findlow@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building : CBA0.034
Role: Subject Lead Education
Program Director for the Professional Doctorates & Doctorate in Education (EdD)
Education SSVC
Contacting me: Call at my office or send me an email
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I have worked at Keele since 2001, when I received my PhD from Cambridge University on Higher Education and National Identity in the United Arab Emirates.  Prior to this I worked and studied in Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.  My research interests are in the politics of higher education policy with particular focus on higher education’s socio-political and developmental intermediary role – as reflected in various themes including gender, language use, risk, citizenship and enlightened political participation, sustainability/ecology, institutional cultures and academic capitalism.  My work combines critical policy analysis & ethnography, and reflects both my interdisciplinary background (anthropology, education, Arabic and Middle East studies) and my experience of living and working in the Middle East.  Most recently, I have been engaged in an ongoing project to bring educational research into International Relations and vice-versa, and sub-politics into policy studies.  I have published fairly widely across the cognate fields of Higher Education policy, Sociology of Education, critical studies, ecology, comparative education, and international education. 

My research consequently has several foci:

i. Critical policy sociology

ii. The emergence of ‘academic regions’

iii. Questions about higher education’s purpose, and saleable or valued higher educational knowledge: fulfilment of stakeholder expectations or critical transformation?

iv. Higher education markets in the developmental states of the Arab Gulf

v. The relationship between access to higher education, citizenship and political voice for marginalised groups

vi. Policy, markets and student expectations in university learning

I am committed to helping build research capacity in both Arab Gulf studies and higher education policy sociology by facilitating dialogue between these two communities - through publishing high international impact journals and conference participation.  I would welcome research inquiries from prospective research students interested in any of these areas.  I would also be very interested in collaborations bringing rigorous interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on higher educational and social problems.

 

 

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Findlow, S., (2016) Local citizenship in a global arena: educating for community participation and change (Routledge)

Selected Publications

  • Findlow S. 2012. Higher education change and professional-academic identity in newly ‘academic’ disciplines: the case of nurse education. Higher Education, vol. 63(1), 117-133. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2011. Global-local knowledge and the point of a university education: a trans-regional reflection. Graduate Market Trends.
  • Findlow S. 2008. Accountability and innovation in higher education: a disabling tension?. Studies in Higher Education, vol. 33(3), 313-329. link> doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2008. Islam, modernity and education in the Arab states. Intercultural Education, vol. 19(4), 337-352. doi>
  • Hayes AM and Findlow S. 2017. The role of time in policy making: a Bahraini model of higher education competition. Critical Studies in Education. doi> link> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Findlow S. 2016. Local Citizenship in the Global Arena Educating for community participation and change. Routledge.
  • Findlow S. 2001. Dawlat al-lmarat al-'Arabiyya al-Muttahida: al-wataniyya w'al-hawiyya al-'Arabiyya-al-Islamiyya. Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi.

Journal Articles

  • Hayes AM and Findlow S. 2017. The role of time in policy making: a Bahraini model of higher education competition. Critical Studies in Education. doi> link> full text>
  • Findlow S and Hayes A. 2016. Transnational academic capitalism in the Arab Gulf:balancing global and local, public and private, capitals. British Journal of Sociology of Education. doi> full text>
  • Alexiadou N and Findlow S. 2014. Developing the educated citizen: Changing frameworks for the roles of Universities in Europe and England. Annales, Series Historia et Sociologia, vol. 24(3).
  • Findlow S. 2012. Higher education change and professional-academic identity in newly ‘academic’ disciplines: the case of nurse education. Higher Education, vol. 63(1), 117-133. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2011. Global-local knowledge and the point of a university education: a trans-regional reflection. Graduate Market Trends.
  • Findlow S. 2008. Accountability and innovation in higher education: a disabling tension?. Studies in Higher Education, vol. 33(3), 313-329. link> doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2008. Islam, modernity and education in the Arab states. Intercultural Education, vol. 19(4), 337-352. doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2006. Higher education and linguistic dualism in the Arab Gulf. British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 27(1), 19-36. doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2005. International networking in the United Arab Emirates higher education system: global–local tensions. Compare, vol. 35(3), 285-302. doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2004. Comparative and International Perspectives on Educational 'Spaces'. European Educational Research Journal, vol. 3(1), 400-414. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2004. Comparative and International Perspectives on Educational"Spaces": a Review of Comparative and International Research in Education: globalisation, content and difference by Michael Crossley and Keith Watson (2003). European Educational Research Journal, vol. 3(1), 400-414. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2001. Learning from Comparing: New Directions in Comparative Educational Research, Volume 2: Policy Professionals and Development. Educational Review, vol. 53(3), 337-338.
  • Findlow S. Challenging bias in ecological education discourses: Emancipatory development education in developing countries. Ecological Economics. full text>

Chapters

  • FINDLOW S. 2010. Education: keeping up with the needs of development. In Human resources and development in the Arabian Gulf. Abu Dhabi.
  • FINDLOW S. 2007. Women, higher education and social transformation in the Arab Gulf. In Aspects of education in the Middle East and North Africa. Colin B and Levers LZ (Eds.). Symposium Books.

Educational Studies - module leadership

  • EDU-30065 Educating for Global Citizenship
  • EDU-30074 Higher Education: policy and the student experience

 

MA Education 

  • EDU-40120 Global Citizenship Education 

 

EdD

  • EDU-40031 Introduction to theories and methods
  • EDU-40032 Critical and feminist theories and perspectives
  • EDU-40022 Research Methods and Evaluation
  • EDU-40033 Research Methods and Evaluation

Current doctoral students as lead supervisor:

  • Diane Swift, What makes for legitimate pedagogic knowledge in Initial Teacher Education?
  • Alison Maguire, Two years BA (Hons) accounting and finance students' experiences and expectations
  • Nicola Whitton, Critical Care Nurses: thriving or striving through workplace adversity
  • Verity Aiken, Between a rock and a hard place: exploring the accounts of undergraduate students in a consumer-led HEI system
  • Tammie McGee, Leadership and senior management in an international school setting
  • Trina Tan, Understanding the multiple [dis]connections of younger people and ‘nature’ 
  • Paul Friend, Effective Governance and Management in Corporate International Schools
  • Rebecca Somerfield, Teachers and Multi-Agency Working: a study of school-teacher engagement.


Successful completions as lead supervisor

  • Maha Mohammad A Nahshal, 'My husband knows what is better for me' an exploration of educated Saudi women's views towards domestic violence (2018)
  • Kojo Adjei-Kusi, Lifelong Learning among accountants: exploring the links with professional identity (2017)
  • Debbie Gilliland, Exploring the hopes and experiences of international business students in the United Kingdom (EdD, 2016)
  • Karen Castle, Teachers and their continuing professional development: Policy, professionalism and perceptions (EdD, 2014)
  • Jean Robson, Adding action to the blend: new possibilities for learning in cross-border management education in Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPhil)


Successful completions as co- or second supervisor, including

  • Maggie Atkinson, Complexity in policy-making: the governance of local education
  • Joanna Renc-Roe, Academics in transition - Internationalisation of academic professionals in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
  • Katherine Heathcote, 'We can't have men here': problematics and possibilities of the masculine in physiotherapy education
  • Tom O’Connor, Men in the  nursing profession: masculinities and gendered identities
  • Louise Taylor, Learning in later life: using life biography to investigate the inter-relationship of learning and life course capital
  • Danielle Cassell, Teachers’ Perceptions of Assessment for Learning: A situated study.