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Professor Louise Archer

Professor of Sociology of Education


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Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3943
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 3182






My research is in the sociology of education and education policy. I am interested in identities and inequalities of ‘race’, gender and social class within compulsory and post-compulsory education. For example, I have conducted research on Muslim pupils, the minority ethnic middle classes, British Chinese pupils, urban young people and schooling and on widening participation in higher education. I am also interested in feminist theory and methodology. My most recent book (jointly authored with Heather Mendick and Sumi Hollingworth) is on Urban Youth and Education (Open University Press). I am currently PI of the ASPIRES project, a 5 year longitudinal ESRC project (with J. Osborne, J DeWitt & J. Dillon) on children’s science aspirations and career choice (age 10-14) and am the lead coordinator of the ESRC’s Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME) 

For further details please see my Research Staff Profile

In addition to the supervision of doctoral students, I contribute to the MA programmes.

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