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Institute of Education, University of London
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Executive members

Gabrielle Ivinson, Chair

Gabrielle is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Her areas of interest are: cognition, emotion and culture; schooling, knowledge and pedagogy and gender and education. She is a social and developmental psychologist who researches children and young people’s relationships to education inside and outside primary secondary schools. She has been particularly vocal around the imagined crisis in boys’ achievement in school exams claiming that this moral panic has drawn attention away from the historical legacies of gender and narrowed the debate to an overly simplified issue of biology that is helping neither boys nor girls to face futures in complex societies.

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Kim Allen, Social Media

Kim is currently employed as a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University. A committed feminist and sociologist of education, Kim’s research focuses broadly on inequalities of social class and gender within educational spaces, with a particular focus on young people’s career aspirations and transitions. Kim is now co-investigator on a new Economic and Social Research Council-funded (ESRC) project on celebrity culture and young people’s classed and gendered aspirations (with Heather Mendick). She also co-directs the ESRC seminar series, ‘New Perspectives on Education and Culture’ which brings together academics and practitioners working in the field of youth, education and culture. More information on Kim’s research and publications can be found here.

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Fin Cullen, Newsletter

Fin is based at the Centre for Youth Work Studies, School of Sport & Education, Brunel University. She has worked in youth and community settings across the UK for over 13 years, and remains involved in front line youth work practice in a London borough. Her research interests include; girls’ friendship cultures, drugs and sex education, youth work, PSHE, sexual and social geographies. Currently, Fin is on the editorial board for the journal Gender and Education and is co-convenor of the BERA Sexualities SIG.

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Miriam David, Policy Officer

Miriam was, until recently, Associate Director (Higher Education) of the ESRC’s Teaching & Learning Research Programme (2004-2009) based at Institute of Education, London. A professor for over 20 years, Miriam has a world class reputation for her research on gender, families, social diversity and inequalities in education, including lifelong learning and higher education.

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Sally Galman, Illustrator

Sally is an Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the US. An anthropologist of education and specialist in childhood studies and teacher education in the primary grades, her research interests include childhood, girl cultures and gender in primary school and family settings. Sally is also a visual artist and the author of a series of illustrated books on ethnographic methods as well as a range of publications about arts-based, feminist research in education. Her newest book, Wise and Foolish Virgins: White Women at Work in the Feminized World of Primary School Teaching was published by Lexington Books in 2012. Read more about Sally on her blog

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Claire Maxwell, Treasurer

Claire is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is particularly interested in young women and how they approach and experience various parts of their lives – from school, to friendships, to family, to sexual and intimate relationships – to think further about whether and how girls and young women might be agentic. Currently, Claire’s focus is on young women from the middle classes, and examining how privilege might be reproducing or even potentially challenging certain gender and social class norms. Claire has also been involved for a number of years now in researching and evaluating initiatives within schools that aim to promote gender equality and challenge violence against women and girls.

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Rosamund McNeil, Practitioners

Rosamund is the National Union of Teacher’s gender equality policy officer. The NUT is a trade union and professional association with a membership of approximately 300,000 qualified teacher members. Rosamund provides guidance and advice to members and local NUT branches and runs conferences and events for NUT teacher members about gender and education research, policy and practice. Rosamund is invited to speak at a wide range of conference and events within the Gender and Education sector and is a member of several DCSF Advisory Group Panels.

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Emma Rawdon, Secretary and Website

Emma is in the final year of her PhD at Lancaster University. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, her research explores the in and out of school masculinities and femininities of Muslim children.

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Emma Renold

Emma is Reader in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. She is the author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005, Routledge) and co-editor (with Carolyn Jackson and Carrie Paechter) of Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas (Open University Press, 2010). She is also co-editor of the international journal Gender and Education (with Debbie Epstein and Mary Jane Kehily). Working at the intersection of queer and feminist poststructuralist theory she has published widely on the gendering and sexualisation of children and childhood across diverse institutional sites and spaces.

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Kate Reynolds, Membership

Kate heads up Learning Plus UK - a not for profit charity supporting schools and colleges in understanding data. Kate is particularly interested in education policy and its implementation having spent many years in local government leading on equalities and policy. Her original PhD focused on the introduction of local management of schools and the abolition of the Inner London Education Authority, and she continues to focus on the relationships between local and national government and schools and how this impacts on gender, race and social justice.

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Jessica Ringrose, International and Regional Representatives

Jessica is a senior lecturer in Sociology of Gender and Education at the Institute of Education, London. Her current research explores young people’s gendered and sexualised digital cultures, including issues of sexting and cyberbullying. She has written extensively on neo-liberal and postfeminist discourses of femininity and is interested in psychosocial approaches to researching affect and subjectivity. She has three new books: Postfeminist Education? Girls and the Sexual Politics of Schooling; Rethinking Gendered Regulations and Resistances in Education (edited)Deleuze and Research Methodologies (EUP, co-edited with Rebecca Coleman). She has done a range of consultancy work on issues of gendered and sexualised violence in schools, including acting as an adviser on the Home Office ‘Sexualisation of young people review’ (2010); the Coalition Government Equalities Office ‘Campaign for Body Confidence’; and leading the NSPCC project ‘A qualitative study of children, young people And ‘sexting’

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Regional Representatives



- North West: Carolyn Jackson (

- South West: Sarah Cole (

Northern Ireland

- Ulster: Clare Wasson (


International Representatives


Australia: Emily Gray (

Brazil: Maria Eulina Pessoa de Carvalho (

Canada: Shauna Pomerantz (

Croatia: Ivana Jugović (

Serbia: Nadja Duhacek (

Sweden: Elisabet Ohrn (

United States of America

- New York State: Sarah Robert (





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