Practices of possibility in neoliberal social systems

2015–16 Independent Social Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship Following is a brief summary of the research I will be undertaking this year. To read the full version of the proposal, visit the ISRF website. Check back here for developments, links to the project website (forthcoming) and ways to get involved! The thesis to be interrogated in this project is […]

New book – The Education of Radical Democracy

I am delighted to annouce the publication of my new book, The Education of Radical Democracy. It explores why I think radical democracy is so necessary, difficult, and possible today – and why it is vital that we understand it as an educative activity. The book draws on critical social theory and critical pedagogy to illustrate what […]

Education without borders

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post on the borders of education – the increasing use of state power to control international movement in and through universities in England. I was concerned with the effects of ‘attendance monitoring’, surveillance and bureaucratic record-keeping on pedagogical relationships, asking: What does this do to people? What sorts […]

Education Should Not Be Run for Profit

Published in Reclaiming Schools: The Arguments and the Evidence (March 2015) Full text Late last year, UK Education secretary Nicky Morgan made waves through schools by declaring that while she was ‘clear about the importance of not-for-profit education’, she did not rule out the possibility that schools in Britain might become profit-making enterprises. This ignited […]

CSE Midlands launch event: What is to be done in the age of austerity and autonomy?

I will be speaking about placing higher education in the service of social justice at this exciting event in April… CSE* Midlands launch event: What is to be done in the age of austerity and autonomy? 17 April 2015 University of Birmingham Room: Muirhead 113 All welcome! “The ability, and desire, to mobilise, organise and […]