British Education Research Association (BERA) One-day Symposium: ‘Practical theory: The utility of social theory as tools and resources for the development of research methodology’. Co-organised with Tim Jay, Deanne Clouder and Mark Murphy. Keynote speakers: Christina Hughes (Sheffield Hallam University) and Ben Williamson (University of Stirling); Sheffield Hallam University, UK; 20 April 2017.
‘Debating the Future of School Governance’. Speakers: Nigel Gann (Director of Hamdon Education), Paul Harrison (Director of iED (UK) Ltd), Naureen Khalid (Director of Academy Governing Board), Emma Knights (Chief Executive of National Governors’ Association), Fergal Roche (CEO of The Key for School Governors), Janet Scott (Interim Chief Executive of SGOSS), and Ian Usher (Service Manager at Modern Governor). One-day conference; University of East London; 8 September 2016.
‘Governing schools: Professional power and the changing role of school governors’; Panellists: Professor Stephen Ball, Professor Gill Crozier, Professor Becky Francis, Professor Helen Gunter, Chris Caroe (DfE), Brian Lightman (ASCL) and Emma Knights (NGA); University of Roehampton, UK; Oct 2014.
CHAIR AND DISCUSSANT ROLES
Chair: Spatiality, temporality and risk in education research; Social Theory and Education SIG stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.
Chair. The politics of education policy and practice; Social Theory and Education SIG stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.
Chair. Debating the Future of School Governance. One-day conference. University of East London, UK; Sept 2016.
Chair. Transitions and conflicts in education: applying social theory. Social Theory and Education SIG stream; British Education Research Association (BERA); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2016.
Chair. Working with Contemporary Images. Seminar 1 of ESRC-funded Seminar Series ‘Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research’; The Open University, UK; January 2010.
Panelist. Roundtable 2: Methodological debates and issues generated while researching citizenship, identities and governance (Chair: Dr Helen Lomax); One-day conference ‘Doing postgraduate research on the intersection of citizenship, identities and governance’; The Open University, UK; Oct 2007.
The new political economy of education: multi-academy trusts, private monopoly and neoliberalisation; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Social Theory and Education (SIG) stream; University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.
Assembling ‘public accountability’: Blurred boundaries, crosscutting impulses and intersecting positions; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Symposium: ‘Education in the house of mirrors: Media, publics and representations’ with co-presenters John Schostak, Linda Hammersley-Fletcher (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Matthew Clarke (York St John University); University of Sussex, UK; Sept 2017.
The labour of school governance: Accountability, calculability and commensurability; Paper presented at the 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium, ‘Infrastructures of Education’ stream; University of Manchester, UK; Sept 2017.
Rethinking neoliberalism: Producer capture, multi-academy trusts and chain effects in British education; Paper presented at Cass Seminar Series; University of East London; March 2017.
Rethinking neoliberalism: Multi-academy trusts and state-sanctioned monopoly in British education; Presented at European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP) workshop; University of Roehampton, UK; Dec 2016.
School autonomy and devolved management: the role of democracy in the governing of schools; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Social Theory and Education (SIG) stream; University of Leeds, UK; Sept 2016.
Political and community power and quiescence in academisation: a case study of an English rural village school (with Nigel Gann as lead author); Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Leadership and Management in Education stream; University of Leeds, Sept 2016.
Spaces of ‘modernisation’: the role of neoliberalism and neoconservatism in the reform of school governance in England; Paper presented at 6th International Conference on Critical Education; University of Middlesex, UK; August 2016.
Performance culture and the role of civic engagement in school governance; Paper presented at University of East London (UEL) Research Conference: Our Research Matters; University of East London, UK; June 2016.
The business of governing schools: performance culture and compliant subjects; Paper presented at International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPUP) Seminar Series; University of East London, UK; June 2016.
Using the Interactive Governance Framework to Explore the Governing and Governance of Schools (with Professor Chris James as lead author); Paper presented at British Educational, Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference; Reading, UK; July 2015.
Managerialist Realism and Education Reform: The Case of School Governance; Paper presented at British Sociological Association (BSA) Conference; University of Leeds, UK; April 2014.
Enterprising Governance: The Role of Accountability in 21st Century British Education; Paper presented at Roundtable Session ‘Policies, Governance and the Influence of Accountability on Schools’, American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, USA; April 2014.
Heterarchical governance: school governors and governing practices; Paper presented at one-day conference ‘Education and Learning: Sociological Perspectives’; University of Surrey, UK; September 2013.
The managerial structures of education: governance, hierarchy and neoliberalism; Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Main conference symposium with Helen Gunter (discussant), Ruth Boyask (speaker) and Rob Higham (speaker); University of Sussex, UK; September 2013.
Manufactured risk: Strategies in education privatisation, depoliticisation and de-democratisation. Paper presented at British Academy Rising Star event ‘Privatisation in education across Europe: New forms in a changing context’; University of Manchester, UK; Jan 2018.
Framing ‘education governance’: complexity, failure and new regulation; Paper presented at Sociology of Education seminar series; UCL IOE, UK; March 2018.
From deregulation to re-regulation: school governing and governance at a time of neo-liberal governmentality; Paper presented at ResearchEd Series; Plymouth University, UK; July 2015.
School governance at a time of rapid de-/re-regulation: the changing role and responsibilities of school governors; Keynote presented at ‘Accountability & Delivering Excellence’ University of Manchester Governor Initiative (UMSGI) Conference; The Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester, UK; April 2015.
Foucault, Governmentality and Education Research. Keynote presented at BERA symposium ‘Theory as method: applying social theory in educational research’; University of Glasgow, UK; April 2015.
A new role for local authorities: strategic oversight at a time of rapid decentralisation; Paper presented at Westminster Briefing ‘Supporting and Empowering School Governors’; London, UK; March 2015.
Governing schools; Paper presented to MA Learning and Teaching programme; University College Suffolk, UK; Feb 2015.
ESRC school governance project: findings and recommendations; Paper presented at School Governors One-Stop Shop (SGOSS); London, UK; Jan 2015.
ESRC school governance project: findings and recommendations; Paper presented at The Key for School Governors; London, UK; Jan 2015.
School governance and neoliberal political rationality: what has democracy got to do with it?; Paper presented at International Symposium ‘Towards a Democratic-common school governance: beyond neoliberal (UK) and neoconservative (Spain) models’; Universitat de Vic, Universitat Central de Catalunya, Spain; Oct 2014.
Bid writing workshop; Paper presented to Centre for Education Research in Equality, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP); University of Roehampton; July 2014.
Blogging and Social Media for Researchers; Paper presented at the University of Roehampton, UK; May 2014.
The Shadow of Inspection: School Governance, Accountability and Governing Practices; Paper presented at Governing by Inspection: Insights from International Studies; Event co-organized by CREET (The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology) and CCIG (Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance); The Open University, UK; March 2014.
Business Ontology and Managerialist Realism: School Governance, Governors and Governing Practices in England; Paper presented at Professional Development, Leadership and Organization (PULO) Research Group, Department of Education and Special Education; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; December 2013.
Governing through accountability: linking school governance to performativity and neoliberalization; Paper presented at Education and Social Research Institute Seminar (ESRI) Seminar Series; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; October 2013.
School accountability and stakeholder governance; Paper presented at Centre for Education Research in Equality, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP) seminar series; University of Roehampton, UK; June 2013.
Governing through accountability; Paper presented at BELMAS Governing and Governance RIG meeting; Institute of Education, UK; May 2013.
Soft sell: Translating the affective and the personal through libertarian paternalism; Paper presented to Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG) Forum co-organised by the Psychosocial and Publics Research Programme; The Open University, UK; May 2012.
Consuming diversity: The commodification of British education; Keynote speaker at one-day conference ‘Slfakulta Sociálnych a Ekonomických Vied’; Univerzity Komenského, Slovakia; January 2012.
Schooling in the era of neoliberalism: New perspectives, new directions; Paper presented at colloquium; University of Trnava, Slovakia; January 2012.
On neuroeconomics, behavioural psychology and ‘soft’ paternalism; Paper presented at Language, Power and Ideology (LIP) Research Group; Lancaster University; March 2011.
Negotiating responsibility and care: Problematics of school choice; Paper presented at Le LAIOS-IIAC, Institut Interdisciplinaire d’ Anthropologie du Contemporain, Royaume-Uni, France; January 2010.