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Dr Philip Kirby

Dr Philip Kirby

  • Academics

Lecturer in Social Justice

Research subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology
  • Communication

Contact details


Dr Kirby joined the School of Education, Communication and Society in 2020. Previously, he was a researcher in social history at the University of Oxford (2016–19), research fellow at the Sutton Trust (2015–16) and a researcher in human geography at the University of Exeter (2014–15). His PhD in human geography was awarded by Royal Holloway, University of London (2014).

Dr Kirby's research explores social and historical understandings of specific learning difficulties, with a focus on dyslexia and dyspraxia. His book, Dyslexia: A History (McGill-Queen’s University Press), co-authored with Margaret J. Snowling, is due for publication in autumn 2022.

You can learn more about Dr Kirby's research on his PURE profile.

Dr Kirby would be happy to supervise PhD students in the following areas: history of education, sociology of education, and education policy.