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Pippa Sterk

Pippa Sterk

PhD candidate

Research interests

  • Diversity
  • Education

Biography

Pippa (they/she) is a PhD candidate, focusing on LGBT+ volunteering communities in English higher education. They are interested in informal and non-normative conceptions of care within the neoliberal education system. This is informed by their own ongoing volunteering experiences in LGBT+ communities, both within and outside higher education settings.

Pippa holds a BA in Film Studies from the University of Sussex (2013), an MA in Gender, Media & Culture from Goldsmiths (2016), and an MA in Language, Discourse & Communication from King’s College London (2020).

Research interests

  • LGBT+ communities
  • Care
  • Family/kinship
  • The politics/uses of leisure
  • National identity (particularly Dutch national identity)

Teaching

Alongside their PhD, Pippa has worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow on the BA Social Sciences at King's.

Research

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Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC)

The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication is a major centre for descriptive linguistics, applied linguistics and language in education.

women at wokr
Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

The Centre for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre research developing critical analyses of social change and social in/justice in education and other policy arenas, sectors and contexts to inform national and international policy debate, social activism, and personal, professional and organisational learning.

News

What does it mean to do critical research and engage with 21st century challenges? King's researchers give answers in new podcast

‘It’s Just Research - Critically questioning the world we live in’ is a new podcast made by researchers, with researchers, for researchers, and anyone keen to...

Its just research podcast 780x440

ECS academics and PhD students to share their expertise at the 2023 BERA annual conference

Researchers from across the School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) will be presenting papers, sharing research findings, and leading symposia and...

Sara Black speaking at event with audience members in the background.

Features

It's Just Research, Ep.2: 'Teaching English as a form of political activism, with Mel Cooke'

For the second episode of ‘It’s Just Research: Critically questioning the world we live in’, we talked to Dr Mel Cooke, Senior Lecturer in ESOL & Applied...

ECS podcast ep2 ESOL classroom

It's Just Research, Ep. 1: 'Bringing politics into the science classroom, with Arthur Galamba'

In the first episode of ‘It’s Just Research: Critically questioning the world we live in’, we talked to Dr Arthur Galamba, Senior Lecturer in Science...

ECS podcast ep1 fascism

WPULL, the sociolinguistic paper series going polycentric

Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies is a working paper series started in 1997. Based at King’s, it went online in 2014, through the academia.edu...

WPULL 1903x558

Too big to mention: vulnerability in academia

PhD student Pippa Sterk asks how to foster vulnerability within academic spaces, while also taking care of one's own and other people’s boundaries.

lgbt flag water - jordan-mcdonald-1903x558

Introducing the Language, Discourse and Communication PGR Blog

PhD candidates Angela Hakim and Pippa Sterk launch today the Language, Discourse, and Communication (LDC) PGR Blog. Here they explain why they decided to...

mona-eendra-flowers-yellow-background 1903x558

Lockdown Loneliness and LGBT+ Research

The (re-)surfacing of ‘the household’ as a conceptual unit under lockdown has once again shown the precarity of this construct, especially for LGBT+ people.

Feminist Perspectives Walking Hero

Research

books-1204029_1920
Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC)

The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication is a major centre for descriptive linguistics, applied linguistics and language in education.

women at wokr
Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

The Centre for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre research developing critical analyses of social change and social in/justice in education and other policy arenas, sectors and contexts to inform national and international policy debate, social activism, and personal, professional and organisational learning.

News

What does it mean to do critical research and engage with 21st century challenges? King's researchers give answers in new podcast

‘It’s Just Research - Critically questioning the world we live in’ is a new podcast made by researchers, with researchers, for researchers, and anyone keen to...

Its just research podcast 780x440

ECS academics and PhD students to share their expertise at the 2023 BERA annual conference

Researchers from across the School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) will be presenting papers, sharing research findings, and leading symposia and...

Sara Black speaking at event with audience members in the background.

Features

It's Just Research, Ep.2: 'Teaching English as a form of political activism, with Mel Cooke'

For the second episode of ‘It’s Just Research: Critically questioning the world we live in’, we talked to Dr Mel Cooke, Senior Lecturer in ESOL & Applied...

ECS podcast ep2 ESOL classroom

It's Just Research, Ep. 1: 'Bringing politics into the science classroom, with Arthur Galamba'

In the first episode of ‘It’s Just Research: Critically questioning the world we live in’, we talked to Dr Arthur Galamba, Senior Lecturer in Science...

ECS podcast ep1 fascism

WPULL, the sociolinguistic paper series going polycentric

Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies is a working paper series started in 1997. Based at King’s, it went online in 2014, through the academia.edu...

WPULL 1903x558

Too big to mention: vulnerability in academia

PhD student Pippa Sterk asks how to foster vulnerability within academic spaces, while also taking care of one's own and other people’s boundaries.

lgbt flag water - jordan-mcdonald-1903x558

Introducing the Language, Discourse and Communication PGR Blog

PhD candidates Angela Hakim and Pippa Sterk launch today the Language, Discourse, and Communication (LDC) PGR Blog. Here they explain why they decided to...

mona-eendra-flowers-yellow-background 1903x558

Lockdown Loneliness and LGBT+ Research

The (re-)surfacing of ‘the household’ as a conceptual unit under lockdown has once again shown the precarity of this construct, especially for LGBT+ people.

Feminist Perspectives Walking Hero