research combines sociology, geography, and history in the study of universities and university life around the world. Within this, I am mostly interested in the different dimensions of what being a student is like. This is often framed around higher education policies and how they are then implemented and mediated by universities. This tends to incorporate issues of inequality and
social justice, globalisation and international comparisons, often understood
through social theory.
After working in construction in Germany, I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Management in Leeds before working in policy analysis for government agencies in the UK and then in New Zealand. A sabbatical year became five, starting with travel throughout Asia and Oceania and leading on to teaching English in Japan. I then studied a Master’s degree in Educational Research Methodology at the University of Oxford and an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Bristol. My doctorate explored how German and English undergraduates understand and negotiate higher education.
In addition to coordinating academic staff development initiatives between universities, I have worked on a range of research projects, from mapping higher education research in the UK to investigating the role of Mathematics and social inequality in university access. I am currently leading on a funded project that looks at doctoral funding policy in the social sciences with colleagues at Bath Spa University and here at Liverpool Hope.
I am an associate director of the Centre for Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA) and serve on the faculty research and doctoral training committees, as well as contributing to a university-wide group looking at widening participation. I am the departmental lead on Educational Policy courses and run the final year undergraduate dissertation. I teach at all under- and postgraduate levels and also supervise undergraduate, Master's and doctoral researchers. I would be in interested in hearing from prospective postgraduate students with an interest in higher education policy and international comparisons.
I tweet regularly via @ddubdrahcir, have an interest in, and history of, public engagement in schools, and also blog on all things HE on my Wordpress site, Stuff About Unis. For a look at papers in progress, conference presentations and so on, my academia.edu and Orcid profiles are up do date.