Tania's background is in professional youth, community and play work. Her research is on youth services, and how policy interacts with professional and voluntary practice and young people’s lives.
Tania teaches in the areas of education policy, child and youth studies, and interdisciplinary social science. She is actively involved in the In Defence of Youth Work forum.
Tania's primary research area is the policy and practice of children's and young people's services, with a focus on issues of equality, participation and democracy. She is currently working with Louise Doherty to research how young people and youth workers experience evaluation and outcomes frameworks. Her recently published book, Grassroots Youth Work: Policy, Passion and Resistance in Practice, draws on a three year qualitative research project investigating how youth workers experience a working context dominated by managerialism and marketisation in times of austerity. Tania is interested in young people's and children's experiences of education and everyday life in a changing policy context.
She has also been involved in research on the importance of human relationships in higher education, and on gender equality in academia. Tania draws on critical theory from a number of areas including the sociology of education policy, feminism, anarchism and activist scholarship. She is committed to sharing her research with practitioners, young people and other members of the public in a range of ways, including through creative workshops and collaborative discussions.
Tania is the Programme Director for the MA Education, Policy and Society course and teaches on courses related to this MA. She has been part of planning and setting up the BA Social Science programme and coordinates the core module Understanding the Social World. She also teaches on the (International) Child Studies programme and contributes more widely to teaching throughout the School.
Tania supervises doctoral students and is happy to supervise in the following areas:
- Youth and community work
- Democratic, anti-oppressive, radical and/or environmental education
- Sociology of youth, childhood and education (particularly in relation to policy, politics, activism and issues of inequality)
For publications and further information please see her research profile.