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Research Strands and Themes

Artwork by Reena Kallat

Race, Empire and Education

We examine historically and sociologically the formations of, and resistances to, racial domination and coloniality in education. Our research examines the biopolitics of education and new productions of ‘race’; decolonising knowledges, social movements, and pedagogies of resistance; Islamophobia, youth identity and educational practices of everyday bordering; the formations of institutional whiteness in higher education; postcolonial politics of education and international development; representations of racialised, gendered, and classed childhoods in education; and migration, displacement and the production of the ‘preferred’ citizen-subject.


sculpture of person on stone

States, Markets and Societies

We investigate the changing interplay between political economy, transformations of the state, the market and education in the context of: global and local projects and processes (including conflict states); the spatial extension of the state and other actors into regional and global scales; the rise of markets and human rights politics; new digital infrastructures and their implications for the social contract.


footprint in sand

Space, Identities, and Global Inequalities

We investigate the spatial, social and temporal dynamics and outcomes of education at the level of the individual identities, family, groups, notions of community and wider society in the context of human movement, conflict, exile and displacement, and new forms of social immobility. Particular attention is paid to challenges to the promise of social mobility, social integration, intergenerational justice, the politics and knowledges of interculturalism/multiculturalism, and the ongoing consequences of these processes and relations for different social groups, their identities and claims.