Barbara Read a sociologist of education, with an interdisciplinary background in history, social anthropology, and women's studies. She is Reader in Gender and Social Inequalities at the School of Education, University of Glasgow, and was previously Senior Lecturer at the Department of Education, Roehampton University (2007-12) and Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University (2001-2007).
Her qualifications include a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol and an MA in Women's Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Social Anthropology from University College London.
- gender and educational cultures
- the construction and 'performance' of gendered identities (in particular students, young people, teachers and academics)
- identities and intersectionality
- gender, friendship and 'popularity'
- gender, class and 'race' in relation to academic achievement
- widening participation, inequalities and academic cultures
- students’ experiences and perceptions of HE
- the ‘social world’ of the university
- social inequalities and social justice
- gender, language and communication
- classroom observation, visual and textual analysis
Barbara's main research interests are gender and educational cultures (in both compulsory and post-compulsory settings); gender and student experience in school and HE; academic culture and work, particularly inequalities of experience and the issue of casualisation; and children's and adults' peer group/friendship cultures at school and university. She is also currently working on issues of gender and academic knowledge - particularly in relation to gender and STEM subjects at HE and leading to HE entry - in international contexts. She is especially interested in the areas of:
She is currently PI for an ESRC-funded GCRF project entitled Gendered Journeys: The Trajectories of STEM students through Higher Education and Into Employment, in India and Rwanda. This project is funded until 2023.
She is also Ethics Officer for the School of Education.
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