• Lockside University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

  • 1036 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
1992 …2019

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Personal profile


James Avis left school at the age of 16 and, after working in retailing for a number of years, studied for a degree in Management Science at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. This was followed by an MA in Sociology and a PGCE(FE). He later taught Sociology in a College of Further Education during which time he studies for a PhD at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University. From FE he moved to Oxford Brookes University where he was course leader for Educational Studies. He then moved to the University of Wolverhampton where he was Professor of Education Studies. Currently he is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Huddersfield.

His research interests lie in post-compulsory education and life-long learning. He has written extensively on the policy contextualisation of further education, having addressed curriculum issues, methodological questions, teacher professionalism, as well as the lived experience of teachers and learners. He has a keen interest in the political economy of this sector and its policy contextualisation. Recent books include Issues in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Education, Policy and Social Justice: Learning and Skills, Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a guide to theory and practice, Social Justice, Transformation and Knowledge: policy. workplace learning and skills. Current writing addresses localism, governance and community in relation to education and the state. He is also exploring issues surrounding workplace learning and cognitive capitalism.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Post-compulsory education – the re-engineering of education, the political economy of education, lived experience of learners and teachers, the re-visioning of professionalism.
  • Education, politics and questions of social justice.
  • Workplace learning, cognitive capitalism and emancipatory practice.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Learning
  • Cultural Studies
  • Teacher Training
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Pedagogics
  • Economy
  • Teacher Education
  • Policy

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Research Output

Open Access
  • A Note on Class, Dispositions and Radical Politics

    Avis, J., Dec 2018, In : Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 16, 3, p. 166-184 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Black students in VET: Learner experiences in an English metropolitan and provincial setting

    Avis, J., Orr, K. & Warmingtom, P., 4 Sep 2018, Trends in Vocational Education and Training Research: Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET) 2018 . Nägele, C. & Stalder, B. (eds.). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, p. 44-52 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Crossing Boundaries: VET, the Labour Market and Social Justice

    Avis, J., 22 Nov 2018, In : International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training. 5, 3, p. 178-190 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Equality and diversity

    Avis, J., Ashmore, L., Dalton, J., Hadwen, D., Lavender, K., Noel, P., Rennie, S., Salter, E., Swindells, D., Terry, R., Orr, K. & Thomas, D., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in Lifelong learning: A guide to theory and practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 3 ed. london: Open University Press, p. 57-78 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 23 Invited talk
    • 23 Oral presentation
    • 8 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Black Students in Vocational Education and Training: Learner Experience in Metropolitan and Provincial Settings

    James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker) & Paul Warmingtom (Speaker)

    12 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Black Students in Vocational Education and Training: Learner Experiences in an English Metropolitan and Provincial Setting

    James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker) & Paul Warmington (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    7 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Implications for PCET

    James Avis (Speaker)

    14 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Bio-Politics of Work, Free Time and the Dignity of Labour: Post-Secondary Teachers Labour

    James Avis (Speaker)

    11 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    "It's All About Work": New Times, Post-Fordism and Vocational Pedagogy

    James Avis (Speaker)

    3 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Ofsted reveals FE research reference group

    Kevin Orr & James Avis


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other