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Jim Reid joined the University in September 2008 and is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies in the Department of Education and Community Studies.

Subsequent to social work practice with children and their families and as a social work manager he spent four years as a staff development officer with a local authority children’s department. He then took up a post with the University of Teesside where he taught social work before managing the social work programmes at that University. During this period Jim worked with UNICEF if Central Asia in developing academic infrastructure and practices.

As a member of the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HUDCRES), Jim’s recent research interests have focussed on the political ethic of care. He is currently developing research into the sociology of maternal and child health including the utility of Finnish ‘baby boxes’. He has received three grants from the University of Huddersfield / Research England to develop two interdisciplinary, international projects involing research in the UK, Finland, Vietnam and Zambia.

Jim’s teaching is in the area of children and childhood.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founding convenor of the Children and Childhoods SIG at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and a member of the BERA conference and events committee. He is a member of the International Sociological Association.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Institutional ethnography
  • The political ethic of care
  • Childhood
  • Sociology of maternal and child health
  • Researcher reflexivity

External positions

Member, British Educational Research Association

Mar 2016 → …

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Research Output 2013 2019

Book review: Seeking wisdom in adult education and learning, edited by Wilma Fraser

Reid, J., 2019, In : Studies in the Education of Adults. 51, 1, p. 149-150 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

book review
Adult Education
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development theory

Institutional Ethnography in Education

Russell, L. & Reid, J., 9 Sep 2019, Sage Research Methods Foundations. Atkinson, P., Delamont, S., Cernat, A., Sakshaug, J. W. & Williams, R. A. (eds.). SAGE Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

moral philosophy
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Perspectives on and from Institutional Ethnography

Reid, J. (ed.) & Russell, L. (ed.), 15 Nov 2017, Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 192 p. (Studies in Qualitative Methodology; vol. 15)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

everyday experience
sociological theory
social research

Activities 2014 2019

Bristol University Press (Publisher)

Jim Reid (Reviewer)
Nov 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

International Journal of Social Research Methodology (Journal)

Jim Reid (Reviewer)
Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2019

Jim Reid (Participant)
10 Sep 201912 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Grant review for ESRC

Jim Reid (Participant)
15 Jul 20195 Aug 2019

Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

Jim Reid (Reviewer)
8 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review