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Mairead Dunne
Professor of Sociology of Education (Education)
T: +44 (0)1273 877266


I have engaged in social and cultural studies of educational and social mobility.

My research has included studies of social class, gender, sexuality & ethnicity in policy and practice contexts that include low-income countries as well as the UK.  

My concerns are for reflexive research and theoretical development through contextually located and multi-perpectival explorations of educational policy, institutions and practices using mixed methods in approaches. 

Recent and ongoing funded research

  • Adamawa State Basic Education Board, Nigeria funded study on Access, quality and outcomes of basic education, especially of girls   (with Dr Sara Humphreys, Dauda Moses and Jiddere Kaibo)
  • OXFAM Novib, Netherlands funded study on Youth as Active Citizens for their rights in education and sexual and reproductive health: A three country study in Senegal, Pakistan & Palestine (with Dr Barbara Crossouard [Sussex], Dr Naureen Durrani [Sussex] and Dr Kathleen Fincham [UEA]) 
  • Concern Worldwide funded study on Promising practice in School Related Gender Based Violence, prevention and response programming globally: a desk study (with Fiona Leach and Eric Slade)                                                                                    
  • UNICEF, Nairobi, Kenya funded desk study on Out-of-school children in East and Southern Africa  (with 
  • An ECU funded research on the experience of BME staff in HE (with V. Hey and S aynsley from Sussex and W.Locke from Open University)
  •  A BIS funded study on the Motivations of student to apply for Higher education abroad (with R. King from Migration Studies in Sussex and Allan Findlay from Dundee University)
  •  A TDA funded research on the ways that intial teacher education address the exclusion of Black students from schools.
  •  A DfES funded project on teaching and learning of low attaining pupils (with J. Sebba in Sussex and A. Dyson in Manchester)
  •  A TDA funded project on social class, schooling and teacher education (with Louise Gazeley)
  • A DFID and CREATE funded international Literature review on School Processes, School Governance and Community Participation: Understanding Access (with A. Akyeampong and S. Humphreys)
  • A DFID funded project in Ghana and Botswana looking at schools as gendered institutions. This is a collaborative research project than involves a team of researchers in each country gathering both quantitative and qualitative data in case study junior secondary schools.