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Jo-Anne Dillabough is a Reader at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge and Associate Professor and David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her recent book (2010, co-authored with J. Kennelly) is entitled Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture and the Urban Imaginary, published by Routledge. Her edited book (with Julie McLeod and Martin Mills) published by RoutledgeFalmer (2009) and is entitled Troubling Gender in Education, and has been reprinted in 2010 as a Routledge paperback edition. In earlier work, she conducted research on social inequality and race and gender relations in the Canadian educational context and in cross-national Western contexts (Australia, the UK). More recent work has concentrated on the investigation of the relationship between 21st century forms of moral anxiety and contemporary youth cultures in urban concentrations of poverty in comparative African and Northern European contexts (e.g., France).

Charlotte Rochez (University of Cambridge) is a research assistant at YOTUF. Her substantive research interest is the social history of education outside of formal institutions. Her PhD (ESRC-funded) concerns the histories of home-education and home-learning. Seeking to bring together research, digital technologies and the arts, Charlotte shares research through poetry, installation art, blogging and micro-bloging. Methodologically, her work explores online oral history and the implications of digital communication for hermeneutic theory. Her new methodology, 'netnomusicology' comprises virtual ethnographic engagement with culture through online music sources. Favouring open-access publishing, Charlotte was involved in the born-digital volume, Writing History in the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press) and the conception of Cambridge Open-Review Educational Research e-Journal. Supporting the academic community, Charlotte is Peter Gosden Fellow of The History of Education Society, supervises undergraduates on the Education Tripos, assists on the Masters programmes, and was Chair (2012-2013) of the Faculty of Education Research Students’ Association. (Faculty of Education profile)

Beatrice Balfour is a second year Doctoral student (CHESS funded) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge and a research assistant on YOTUF. Originally from Italy, she studied Philosophy at the University of California Berkeley (BA Summa Cum Laude) and Gender Studies at Cambridge (Distinction). Her current academic interests are situated at the intersection between sociology and the history of education. The focus of her work is on radical education and gender in comparative educational contexts (Italian and North America). Beatrice also volunteers for SexYOUality ( and is on the executive committee of the queer art-based prject, Cuntemporary (

Adam Cooper is a doctoral student at Stellenbosch University in the Department of Education Policy Studies and Split-site Commonwealth Scholar in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. His thesis looks at how young people from one low-income neighbourhood in Cape Town, South Africa learn through dialogue in different places. Adam’s interests include urban youth and education- as well as how these relate to inequality and subjectivity, gender and masculinities and forms of new media and communication. Adam has worked at a number of different research institutes in Cape Town, researching youth involvement in organised armed violence, xenophobic violence towards foreign nationals in South Africa and participatory research methodologies. He also worked as a researcher for an NGO in Cape Town for four years, the Extra-Mural Education Project, a project that partnered with forty township schools starting out of class time activities for young people and their families.


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