Wilkins, A. and Olmedo, A. (eds). 2018. Education governance and social theory: Interdisciplinary approaches to research. Bloomsbury: London

Wilkins, A. 2016. Modernising school governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education. Routledge: London and New York. Awarded joint-second prize by the Society for Educational Studies (SES) for books published in 2016.

Reviews of Modernising school governance:

Gann, N. 2016. Schools Week. 25 September
Matthews, M. 2017. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, iFirst
Kilinc, E. 2017. Research in Social Sciences and Technology, 2 (2), 76-80
Craske, J. 2018. Management in Education, 32 (3), 143-143
Papanastasiou, N. 2018. Journal of Education Policy, iFirst
Stahl, G. 2018. Critical Studies in Education, 59 (2), 258-259
Courtney, S. 2018. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39 (3), 407-411
Booknotes. 2018. Critical Policy Studies, 12 (2), 249-251
Mifsud, D., Riddell, R. & Dewes, I. 2018. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 16 (2), 211-229


Wilkins, A. 2019. Interventions in the ‘responsibilisation’ of school governors: Institutional reflexivity, professionalisation and the technocratic embedding of self-governance. In J. Allan, V. Harwood and C.R. Jørgensen (eds) World Yearbook of Education 2020: Schooling Governance. Routledge: London and New York

Wilkins, A. 2019. Wither democracy? The rise of epistocracy and monopoly in school governance. In S. Riddle and M. Apple (eds) Re-imagining Education for Democracy. Routledge: London and New York

Wilkins, A. 2018. Neoliberalism, citizenship and education: A policy discourse analysis. In A. Peterson, G. Stahl and H. Soong (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education. Palgrave: Basingstoke

Wilkins, A. and Olmedo, A. 2018. Conceptualising education governance: Framings, perspectives and theories. In A. Wilkins and A. Olmedo (eds) Education governance and social theory: Interdisciplinary approaches to research. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 1-20

Wilkins, A. 2018. Assembling schools as organisations: On the limits and contradictions of neoliberalism. In M. Connolly, C. James, S. Kruse, and D.E. Spicer (eds) SAGE International Handbook on School Organization. Sage: London, pp. 509-523

Wilkins, A. 2017. Creating expert publics: A governmentality approach to school governance under neo-liberalism.  In S. Courtney, R. McGinity and H. Gunter (eds) Educational leadership: professional practice in neoliberal times. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 97-110

Wilkins, A. 2017. The business of governorship: Corporate elitism in public education. In H.M. Gunter, D. Hall and M.W. Apple (eds) Corporate Elites and the Reform of Education. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 161-176

Wilkins, A. 2016. Gobernanza escolar y la lógica de la política neoliberal. ¿Qué puede hacer la democracia?. In J. Collet-Sabé and A. Tort (eds.) La governanza escolar democrática: Más allá de los modelos neoliberal y neoconservador. Morata: Madrid, pp. 84-100

Wilkins, A. 2014. Affective labour and neoliberal fantasies: The gendered and moral economy of school choice in England.  In M. Vandenbeld Giles (ed.) Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism. Demeter Press: Bradford, Ontario, pp. 265-282


Wilkins, A., Collet-Sabé, J., Gobby, B. & Hangartner, J. 2019. Geo-political tensions in the New Public Management reform of school governance: Case studies from Australia, England, Spain, and Switzerland. Under review.

Wilkins, A. 2019. Crafting neoliberalism: Politics, power and the co-operative school movementInternational Journal of Inclusive Education. Special Issue: Co-operative schools: values and leadership in difficult times (guest editor: Tom Woodin)

Wilkins, A. 2017. Rescaling the local: Multi-academy trusts, private monopoly and statecraft in England. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49 (2), 171-185

Olmedo, A. & Wilkins, A. 2017. Governing through parents: a genealogical enquiry of education policy and the construction of neoliberal subjectivities in England. Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, 38 (4), 573-589

Wilkins, A. 2015. Professionalising school governance: The disciplinary effects of school autonomy and inspection on the changing role of school governors. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (2), 182-200

Wilkins, A. & Burke, PJ. 2015. Widening participation in higher education: The role of professional and social class identities and commitments. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (3), 434-452

Olmedo, A. & Wilkins, A. 2014. Gobernar la educación a través de los padres: política educativa y construcción de subjetividades neoliberales en Inglaterra.  Revista Profesorado, 18 (2), 99-116

Wilkins, A. 2013. Libertarian paternalism: Policy and everyday translations of the rational and the affective. Critical Policy Studies, 7 (4), 395-406

Wilkins, A. 2012. Public battles and private takeovers: Academies and the politics of educational governance. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (1), 11-29

Wilkins, A. 2012. Commodifying diversity: Education and governance in the era of neoliberalism. Human Affairs, 22 (2), 122-130

Wilkins, A. 2012. The spectre of neoliberalism: Pedagogy, gender and the construction of learner identities. Critical Studies in Education, 53 (2), 197-210

Wilkins, A. 2012. Push and pull in the classroom: Gender, competition and the neoliberal subject. Gender and Education, 24 (7), 765-768

Wilkins, A. 2012. School choice and the commodification of education: A visual approach to school brochures and websites. Critical Social Policy, 32 (1), 70-87

Wilkins, A. 2011. School choice, consumerism and the ethical strand in talk. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32 (3), 357-370

Wilkins, A. 2011. Community and school choice: Geographies of care and responsibility. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (1), 1-13

Wilkins, A. 2010. Citizens and/or consumers: Mutations in the construction of meanings and practices of school choice. Journal of Education Policy, 25 (2), 171-189


Wilkins, A. 2012. (Guest editor) Pedagogy of the consumer: The politics of neo-liberal reform. Special issue Part 1: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and the Curriculum: A Global Perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (2), 161-17

Wilkins, A.. 2012. (Guest editor) Shades of Freire: Exorcising the spectre haunting pedagogy.  Special Issue Part 2: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and the Curriculum: A Global Perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, 4 (1), 5-10


Wilkins, A. 2017. Through a glass darkly: The social science look at the neoliberal university by Margaret Thornton (ed.). Journal of Education Policy, 32 (3), 386-387

Wilkins, A. 2015. STEM Strategies: Student ambassadors and equality in higher education by Clare Gartland. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (5), 747-748

Wilkins, A. 2013. Social Theory and Education Research by Mark Murphy (ed.). Social Theory Applied.

Wilkins, A. 2013. Local Democracy, Civic Engagement and Community: From New Labour to the Big Society by Hugh Atkinson. LSE Review of Books.


Wilkins, A. 2017. School governance: redressing the democratic deficit. Education Uncovered. 19 October.

Wilkins, A. 2016. Should we be worried about controversial government plans to do away with parent governors in schools?. Democratic Audit UK. 23 March

Wilkins, A. 2015. School governors –  Changing the way we do things. School Governors One-Stop Shop (SGOSS). 25 February

Wilkins, A. 2014. Small cliques often take control of school governor boards. The Conversation. 29 October