• Google Scholar lists my h-index as 14, and my i10-index as 15, with 650 citations to date.
  • Awarded £218,727 in research funding, scholarships, and awards to date.
  • Over 8,500 followers, over 63,000 unique views, and in the top 1% on, the world’s leading academic social networking website.
  • Peer reviewer for 36 different journals, in addition to numerous monograph proposal and funding reviews.
  • Work has been translated into Spanish.


  • PhD Social Policy, Open University, UK (Oct 2005-Feb 2009)
  • MRes Social Science Research Methods, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (Oct 2004-July 2005)
  • BA Sociology, University of Leeds, UK (Oct 2000-July 2003)


  • Reader, Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London (Nov 2019-Present)
  • Reader, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (July 2016-Oct 2019)
  • Senior Lecturer, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (Feb 2015-June 2016)
  • Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Roehampton (Sept 2012-Jan 2015)
  • Research Associate, School of Education, University of Roehampton (July 2011-June 2012)
  • Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Roehampton (July 2010-June 2011)


  • FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Oct 2013-Present)


  • Readiness for REF Impact Fund; Debating the Future of School Governance; University of East London; £2,581 (July 2016)
  • Future Research Leaders; School Accountability: A Comparative Study of Policy and Practice; Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); £164,978 (Oct 2012-Jan 2015)
  • CCIG PhD Studentship; School Choice and Constructing the Active Citizen; Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG), The Open University; £51,168 (Oct 2005-Jan 2009)


  • Joint-second prize for books published in 2016; Prize: £1000. Book: Modernising school governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education (Routledge). Awarding body: Society for Educational Studies (SES) (Nov 2017).


  • Nominated for a University of East London (UEL) Student Led Teaching Award (SLTA) (May 2018)
  • Journal article (‘Governing through parents: a genealogical enquiry of education policy and the construction of neoliberal subjectivities in England’, co-authored with Antonio Olmedo) nominated as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education (May 2017).


  • Journal of Education Policy (JEP); Associate Regional Editor – Europe (Sept 2018-Present)
  • Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS); Editorial Advisory Board Member (Sept 2017-Present)
  • British Journal of Sociology of Education (BJSE); Editorial Advisory Board Member (June 2017-Present)
  • Social Theory and Methodology in Education Research; Bloomsbury Book Series; Editorial Board Member (June 2016-Present) 
  • Topical Issues of Pedagogy, Psychology and Professional Education (Ukrainian); Editorial Board (Feb 2016-Present)
  • Journal of Applied Social Theory; Editorial Board Member (Nov 2015-Present)
  • Journal of Pedagogy (JoP) (Slovak); Executive Editor Panel Member (March 2014-Present)


  • Centre for Identities and Social Justice (CISJ), Goldsmiths; Member (Oct 2019-Present)
  • ‘Human Education in the Third Millennium’ Initiative Group; Member (Sept 2018-Present)
  • European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP); Member (Feb 2015-Present)
  • Network of Theory Application; Member (May 2015-Present)
  • Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change; Associate Member (May 2015-Present)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA); Fellow (June 2013-Present)
  • Peer Review College, ESRC; Member (Oct 2012-Present)


  • Education International; Research mentioned in report ‘In sheep’s clothing: Philanthropy and the privatisation of the ‘democratic’ state’ (March 2019).
  • University College London (UCL) IOE report; Research mentioned in report ‘Hierarchy, Markets and Network: Analysing the ‘self-improving school-led system’ agenda in England and the implications for schools’ (June 2018).
  • Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) StandingOut pilot programme; Research mentioned in report ‘Evaluation of the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) flagship school governance standout programme: final report’ (Feb 2018).
  • Royal Society of Arts (RSA); Research mentioned in report ‘Who Governs Our Schools? Trends, Tensions and Opportunities’ (Sept 2017).
  • School’s Week; Research mentioned in book review ‘Much promise: Successful schools in England’ (May 2017).
  • Democratic Audit; Research discussed in online article ‘The ‘academy revolution’ is ousting governors. We need to hold these schools accountable’ (Jan 2017).
  • UEL marketing; Research outlined in YouTube video podcast ‘Debating the role of democracy in neoliberal education’ (Dec 2016).
  • School Business Manager; Research discussed in online article ‘Academy schools: Governance and financial responsibility’ (Dec 2016).
  • Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC); Research discussed in report ‘Student Representation on School Governance Councils’ (Nov 2016).
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Research discussed in report ‘Direct transfers to schools: Reflections on practices in Latin America’ (August 2016).
  • Cambridge Primary Review Trust; Research discussed in report ‘Academies: Autonomy, accountability, quality and evidence’ (June 2016).
  • Discover Society; Research discussed in online article ‘The Emperor Comes to Town Again: Academies and their Sponsors’ (May 2016).
  • School Business Manager; Research discussed in online article ‘Academy governance: Autonomy and accountability’ (May 2016).
  • Royal Society of Arts; Research discussed in online article ‘Parent power! The opportunity is there. It’s now down to us to grasp it’ (April 2016).
  • Local Government Knowledge Navigator; Research detailed on ESRC-funded project website ‘Research Facilitation for Local Government’ (Feb 2016).
  • Modern Governor; Serialisation of journal article on governor support website (Oct 2015).
  • iEd UK and PCG; Consultant to iEd UK and Public Consulting Group (PCG) at proof stage of development of professional training tool (Jan 2015).
  • Governors Agenda; Research discussed in online article ‘Self-Review: Is it the panacea to good governance?’ (Jan 2015).
  • Times Education Supplement (TES); Research outlined in online article ‘Are cliques taking control of our governing bodies?’ (Nov 2014).
  • Economic and Social Research Council; Research outlined in press release ‘New role needed for ‘crucial’ amateur governors’ (Oct 2014).
  • House of Commons Education Committee; Evidence submitted to select committee inquiry into academies and free schools. (Reference: AFS0008) (Feb 2013).