Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)


CHEER’s Associates are colleagues and former doctoral researchers from a range of institutions with shared interests in higher education, educational inequalities and social justice. They work closely with CHEER members on research collaborations, publications, impact and dissemination.

Dr Sarah AistonName: Dr Sarah Aiston
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Birmingham. She has a long-standing commitment to researching the position, status and experience of women in higher education, as staff and students, and from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Sarah has been an active supporter of CHEER and we hope to develop future research collaborations around higher education leadership and gender. 

Dr Caroline BerggrenName: Dr Caroline Berggren
Caroline is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and Special Education at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She was a Visiting Research Fellow with CHEER between Oct 2015 and Feb 2016 developing thinking around internationalisation, Sweden and issues of social selection in higher education - and supporting events for visiting scholars from Umea University, Sweden. Caroline’s research focuses on social selection to and from higher education and she is currently working on an ongoing research project investigating Gender and class perspectives on students' choice of higher education institutions and graduates' choice of job location (Mobility)

Jane CreatonName: Dr Jane Creaton
Jane is Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. She is a former CHEER doctoral researcher and her research explored the role that academic staff play in regulating student writing practices and how that role is shaped by the specific departmental, disciplinary and institutional contexts in which they are located. Her current research interests relate to doctoral education and higher education leadership and management. Jane is hoping to contribute to the research partnership between CHEER and the new Research Institute for Japan, the UK and Europe (RIJUE).

Dr Sara FelixName: Dr Sara Felix
Sara is a Learning Developer at the London School of Economics. Sara is a former doctoral student in CHEER with her research exploring on the experiences of critical thinking in Kazakhstan with additional research interests in social justice, academic literacies and international higher education. Sara is also a highly experienced teacher of academic English with a broad expertise in international higher education, student experience and social inclusive pedagogies. Sara is working with us as part of an event about internationalisation in higher education in July 2017.

CHEER doctoral student: Jessica GagnonName: Dr Jessica Gagnon
A Research Fellow at the School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth. She is a former CHEER doctoral researcher with research focusing on the university experiences of the daughters of single mothers, with additional interests in social justice, inequalities and social exclusion in higher education in the UK and USA. Jessica worked as a researcher on CHEER’s HEIM project and has taught at UG, PG and doctoral levels in higher education for more than 15 years. CHEER plans to work with Jessica on research on widening access and student experiences. 

Professor Yumiko HadaName: Professor Yumiko Hada
Yumiko is a Professor of UK Higher Education in Hiroshima University, Japan and the Director of the Research Institute for Japan, the UK, and Europe (RIJUE). Her research focuses specifically on UK governance and government policy, and she published Universities in the UK: From Elitism to Dynamism in 2014.  Her current research looks at Japanese public schools and will shortly be published as a book - Public Schools and Japanese Distinguished Schools, next March, 2018. Professor Hada is working closely with CHEER as part of a comparative research project between CHEER and RIJUE entitled Higher Education, Knowledge Exchange and Policy Learning in the Asian Century

Dr Emily HendersonName: Dr Emily Henderson
Emily is Assistant Professor of International Education and Development in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick. Her research interests include international academic mobility, academic conferences, and gendered knowledge production. She is an active supporter of CHEER and a valuable contributor to CHEER seminars and events. Emily is hoping to work with CHEER in 2017-18 as part of a seminar on gender and the academy. 

Dr Ilona HorwathName: Dr Ilona Horwath
Ilona is a sociologist and gender researcher. Her work explores the impact of stereotypes in higher education, science, technology and the labour market with both qualitative and quantitative methods. She is passionate about innovative empirical research designs and committed to the promotion of social mobility and equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups. As a Visiting Researcher (May-July 2015), Ilona examined methodological traditions and research practices applied in women’s and gender studies in the UK, and developed a design for her recent study on students’ perception of, and learning experience with gender and diversity courses.  She is looking forward to future exchange, discussion and collaborations with CHEER.

Louise JacksonName: Dr Louise Jackson
Louise is Head of Learning Enhancement at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a National Teaching Fellow, and the Co-Convener of the British Education Research Association’s Special Interest Group in Social Justice. Her research interests include the neoliberalisation of the UK higher education system expressed through widening participation and entrepreneurship agendas; inclusive teaching within specialist higher education contexts; and critical pedagogy and the arts. Louise is hoping to work with CHEER in exploring the Specialist Arts Institutions, how these sites are generally absent from wider discourse regarding equity and higher education, and will be writing a blog for CHEER on this topic. 

Terri KimName: Dr Terri Kim
Terri is a Reader in Comparative Higher Education at UEL, Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education, and a Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Previously she was a visiting scholar in International Relations at LSE; visiting scholar at the Collège de France in Paris, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Monash University in Melbourne. Her research interests are in (i) the relations of territory, mobility and identity, empires, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, coloniality, interculturality; (ii) equity, diversity and intersectionality, citizenship, statelessness and human rights; (iii) social history of universities, varieties of academic capitalism, state-university relations, university governance, the academic profession and leadership in HE. She is working with CHEER on research collaborations around internationalised higher education.

Professor Carole LeathwoodName: Professor Carole Leathwood
Carole is an Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University. With a disciplinary background in sociology and women's studies, Carole’s research has focused on inequalities in higher and post-compulsory education, including issues of access and widening participation; the impact of research policy on academic work and research; and gender and academic subjectivity. Her current project, being conducted in collaboration with Dr Barbara Read, University of Glasgow, is exploring the perceptions and experiences of casualised HE staff on the effects of casualisation on the teaching and learning of undergraduate students. Carole looks forward to continuing to support the work of CHEER and to being actively involved in seminars and other activities.

Dr Kattie Lussier

Name: Dr Kattie Lussier
Kattie is an international consultant working with ministries of education in low income countries. Based in Canada, she holds a doctorate in international development from the University of Sussex (IDS) and began her academic career in CHEER as a research fellow on the Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania project. A former lecturer in international studies in South Korea, she specialises in evaluation and capacity development. Dedicated to social inclusion and equity, she is particularly interested in the extent to which higher education can contribute to shape student’s vision of themselves in relation to the world. Kattie hopes to develop future collaborations with CHEER on questions of international higher education

Professor Bruce MacfarlaneName: Professor Bruce Macfarlane
Bruce is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Policy at the University of Southampton in the UK. He is also a distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and has previously been a Visiting Professor in Japan and Australia. His research focuses mainly on academic ethics, academic freedom and intellectual leadership, and he specializes in critiquing and developing concepts relevant to understanding the ethical dimensions of what it means to be an academic. Bruce is a former Visiting Professor of CHEER and hopes to work with CHEER again on future seminars and research bids.

Dr Janine RoedName: Dr Jannie Roed
Jannie is Head of Academic Practice at the University of West London. Part of her role is to work closely with new members of academic staff and provide them with support as they start out on their academic career. She is a former doctoral student in CHEER where she focused on emotional dimensions of supervising doctoral students. Emotions and their impact on learning is still one of her main research interests. She is currently exploring Nel Noddings’ concept of care and how it can be applied to Higher Education and plans to write a blog for CHEER about this research.

Professor Carol TaylorName: Professor Carol Taylor
Carol is Professor of Gender and Higher Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, co-editor of the journal Gender and Education, and Executive Member of the Gender and Education Association. Her research utilizes feminist, neo-materialist, and posthumanist theories and frameworks to explore gendered inequalities, spatial practices, and participation in a range of higher education sites. She has a keen interest in using interdisciplinary methodological innovation to further gendered social justice in education. Carol has a long-standing affiliation with CHEER with research collaborations around feminist methodology and supporting doctoral students’ writing.