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CPPR Seminars

Waterloo CampusThe Centre for Public Policy Research holds regular seminar series. These provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the work of leading scholars in relation to key issues in the field of public policy. The seminars draw on the social sciences and humanities disciplines and feature interdisciplinary work on a range of substantive foci. 

CPPR Lunchtime seminar by Professor Ihron Rensburg

Professor Ihron Rensburg (Visiting Professor, KCL) will be presenting a talk entitled Society, Misrepresentation, Myth-making and Decoloniality

Date: Tuesday 4th December, 1-2pm

Venue: Room 1.13 Franklin Wilkins Building (please note the room change from previous communications).

Abstract: Social theorists, including Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, Bourdieu, Said and Mazrui, have long sought to excavate, make obvious and contest the taken-for-granted assumptions that underlie both the ideological apparatuses of the state, and public and private institutions. This includes in relation to: population classification; class-structured access to university education; class and race-structured residential areas; racial and gendered hierarchical roles (in society, industry and politics); academic disciplines and fields of knowledge; hierarchical organization of languages; institutional reputation; academic freedom; and, university governance. Drawing on such perspectives, Professor Rensburg will use this seminar to reflect on matters of myth-making and misrepresentation in higher education, as well as how we can move forward to nurture critically discursive organizations and institutions. 

Professor Rensburg is Chairperson of the South Africa National UNESCO Commission. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg from 2006 to 2017, prior to which he was Chief Executive Strategic Services at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Deputy Director General of South Africa’s Department of Education, and General Secretary of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, the National Education Crisis Committee.

All are welcome to attend the seminars, and please do forward invitations to interested parties.


CPPR Lunchtime seminar to mark World Children’s Day

Life in the Debt Trap – researching children and families’ experiences of poverty and problem debt in the UK

Dr Sorcha Mahony, The Children’s Society

Tuesday 20th November, 2018, 1-2pm

Room 2/21 Waterloo Bridge Wing

In this seminar, Sorcha Mahony will be talking about her book, Life in the Debt Trap – a collection of stories based on data obtained through The Children’s Society’s 5-year campaign on poverty and problem debt in the UK. The talk will cover the origins and aims of the book, the process of writing, the key themes covered and the use of the book in The Children’s Society’s lobbying work. There will be a short quiz at the end, and the top scoring participant will win a signed copy of the book.

Sorcha is a Senior Researcher at The Children’s Society where she works on their poverty research programme. She has previously worked as a free-lance researcher and member of the wellbeing research team at the new economics foundation. Sorcha has 12 years’ experience doing qualitative research with vulnerable groups. She holds a PhD (an ethnographic study of young people growing up in slum communities in Bangkok), a Master’s degree (in Research Methods) from the University of Bath, and a Master’s degree in International Development from SOAS. 

Refreshments provided – all welcome!

CPPR Lunchtime Seminar: The role of non-state actors in shaping education policy

Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello

London School of Economics

Tuesday 30th October, 1-2pm

Room 2/21 Waterloo Bridge Wing

This seminar aims to explore recent advances in the field of politics of education, a newly established field of enquiry in comparative political economy, by looking at the role of political and economic actors in shaping education policy.  Education is inherently political: curricula legitimate some forms of knowledge and contents while excluding others. The current dominant policy discourse links education to economic growth, framing education as a supplementary market and workforce tool at the expenses of its social aims. While existing scholarship has focused mainly on the effects of this policy orientation in terms of redistributive implications, the involvement of non-state actors - including unions and the world of business and employers - in diffusing education reforms and policy goals has been largely unexplored. By drawing upon John Kingdon’s classic framework for examining how policy agendas are set, the seminar will consider how non-state actors work as policy entrepreneurs that promote specific goals of education policy. 

Refreshments provided  – all welcome!

CPPR Seminars 2017-18

The series will resume in 2018-19.

CPPR Theory and Methods Workshops 2017-18

This group provides an opportunity for CPPR doctoral students and staff to come together in an informal and supportive atmosphere to grapple with methodological and theoretical issues of common interest. Each meeting is usually based on a methodological or theoretical topic or the ideas of one thinker. A relevant text is circulated in advance, with the participants taking turns to choose the reading and introduce the topic or thinker and possible themes for discussion. As far as possible we aim to choose texts and themes that have widespread relevance and significance.


Past CPPR events

  • Dr Aisha Hutchinson (University of Bedford). The impact of displacement on the nature and experience of child marriage: Syrian refugee communities in Jordan and Lebanon 
  • Dr Chae Young Kim (King’s College London) Rural children’s work and school education in the context of rapid economic growth in South Korea: changing times and changing values 
  • Professor Elizabeth Fernandez (University of New South Wales), Children in Poverty: Trends, Consequences and Responses
  • Presenter: Dr Stephan Schumann (University of Konstanz), Integrating Refugees into the German Educational System: the Role of Vocational Education and Training.

  • Presenter: Thomas Deissinger (Konstanz), The relationship between academic and vocational learning in the German education system - divergence of convergence?
  • Presenter: Caroline Sarojini Hart (University of Sheffield), Education, Capabilities and Sustainable Development– How do Aspirations Matter? 
  • Presenter: Anna Danielsson (King’s College London), A Critique Of The STEM Pipeline: Young People’s Identities In Sweden And Science Education Policy 
  • Presenter: Ye Liu (King’s College London), Women Rising as Half of the Sky? An Empirical Study on Women from the ‘One-Child’ Generation and Their Higher Education Participation in Contemporary China
  • PresenterCarl Parsons (University of Greenwich)
    Head teachers as the new missionaries: who is to lead on the scandal of child poverty as the major cause of low attainment? 
  • Presenters: Daniel Friedrich (Columbia University) The production of Global Problems in Education: the case of Teach For All. 
  • Presenters: Sorcha Mahony and David Ayre (The Children’s Society)
    Behind Cold Doors: The Experience of Fuel Poverty and How Research Can Be Used to Make a Difference in Fuel-Poor Homes. Monday 
  • Professor Becky Francis, King’s College London. Addressing the needs of working class pupils via experimental methods? Introducing the 'Best Practice in Grouping Students' project & How to Access Education Endowment Foundation Funding
  • Dr Simon Christmas, King’s College London.
    What’s the point of qualitative research? 
  • Nicholas Cowen "Whatever works? Evidence-based policy in the classroom
  • Dr Sheryl Clark, King's College London. Risk, Choice and Widening Participation: Young people’s responses to the changing context of higher education
  • Prof. Martin Thrupp (University of Waikato). Researching a big problem in a small country: National Standards in New Zealand schools (read more
  • Dr Lisl Fenwick, Australian Catholic University. The implementation of standards-based curriculum reforms to schooling in Australia: Early findings and implications (Read more)
  • Amanda Keddie, The University of Queensland. Matters of autonomy and accountability in the English schooling policy context: constraints and possibilities. (Read more)  
  • Martin Mills, University of Queensland, and Visiting Professor in the Centre for Public Policy Research. Engaging students: learning from the margins.
  • Dr Antonina Tereshchenko (British Academy Visiting Scholar to Centre for Public Policy Research, KCL& Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Porto) Immigration, identity and belonging: Ukrainian youth in complementary ethnic schools in Portugal.
  • Dr Anna Zimdars (Lecturer in Higher Education, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London). Admission to Oxford & Admission to the Bar: what is the influence of social background?
  • Youth, the City and Neoliberal Globalisation: a morning symposium.This symposium brought together urban scholar-activists and youth cultural workers for the presentation and discussion of original work examining the intersection of youth, urban space, neoliberalism, and the possibility of justice.
  • Christy Kulz (Goldsmiths College) 'Structure Liberates?': Making compliant, consumable bodies in a London secondary academy.
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