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Last updated 18th April 2024


I am a Senior Lecturer in Education and Community Studies at the University of Huddersfield where I have worked since 2020. I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate education and teacher-training programmes, and I am Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies.

I have over ten years’ experience working in a range of educational settings, with children, young people, and adults from a diverse range of backgrounds, although, my main expertise and experience is in primary education.

I have a first-class degree in Early Primary Education and a PhD in the sociology of education. My first book, Social Haunting, Education, and the Working Class: A Critical Marxist Ethnography in a Former Mining Community is published by Routledge in 2021. Based on a critical Marxist ethnography, conducted at a primary school in a former coalmining community in the north of England, the book provides insight into teachers’ perceptions about the effects of deindustrialisation on education for the working class. The essence of the book is about knowing and harnessing the potentialities of the fullness of a social haunting. It has important implications for analysing and understanding the interplay and enactment of social class and education, and understanding how historical relations and performances, reflective of the community’s industrial past, continue to shape experiences and processes of schooling. I am also co-author of Education, Work and Social Change in Britain's Former Coalfields: The Ghost of Coal published by Palgrave in 2022. I have also written numerous research papers on education, deindustrialisation and social haunting in Britain's former coalfields.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Social Haunting
  • Education and Deindustrialisation
  • Education and the Working Class
  • Primary Education
  • Critical Ethnography


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