Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Andrew was Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton before joining the University of East London in 2015. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Leeds in 2003, postgraduate degree in research methods at Goldsmiths in 2005 and PhD in social policy at the Open University in 2009.
Andrew has research interests in areas of sociologies of education and cultural studies in education with a focus on governance, risk, affect, conflict, resistance, bureaucracy, democracy, technocratic cultures, moral economies and their influence on education structures and processes. He adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research that makes use of various conceptual frameworks and theoretical perspectives.
Andrew has worked as a research associate/fellow on several projects including ESRC, HEA and EU Tempus-funded projects. His book Modernising School Governance: Corporate Planning and Expert Handling in State Education (Routledge 2016) was awarded joint-second prize by the Society for Educational Studies for books published in 2016. Andrew’s forthcoming book is Education Governance and Social Theory: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research (Bloomsbury 2018).
Andrew runs two undergraduate modules in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate students. He also supervises various doctoral students and undergraduate dissertation students, teaches on the EdD Professional Doctorate in Education programme and is external examiner for the Sociology of Education Umbrella Board at the UCL Institute of Education.
Andrew is a member of several editorial boards including Critical Studies in Education, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, British Journal of Sociology of Education, and Journal of Applied Social Theory. He also co-convenes the British Education Research Association (BERA) Social Theory and Education special interest group (SIG) with Mark Murphy and is a member of several international research groups including the European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP), the International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP) and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.
Andrew has been invited to peer review for numerous journals, book publishers and research councils as well as published in various international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Education Policy, Critical Social Policy, Critical Policy Studies, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and Journal of Educational Administration and History.
In addition to writing for various independent news commentary websites and blogs, namely Education Uncovered, The Conversation and Democratic Audit, Andrew engages in ‘public scholarship’ by way of external collaborations and partnerships with different stakeholders and charities. In recent years Andrew has worked with various schools, school networks, education advisers and education training and support services to rethink and challenge dominant approaches to school governance.