Job Title: Research Associate
Institution: WISERD Hub, Cardiff University
Originally from Plymouth, I came to Cardiff University in 2003 to study for a BSc Econ in Sociology. I applied to study for a PhD at Cardiff and was awarded 1+3 ESRC funding. I achieved my MSc in Social Science Research Methods in 2007 and have recently been awarded my PhD for my research entitled Exploring a potential correspondence between the structural conditions of universities and stratified graduate work. During my PhD I was a graduate teaching assistant on the modules Introduction to Social Science Research Methods and Education and Society
My research interests are largely focused around the reproduction of social class inequality through education. Specifically, my interest lies in the social process of universities and how they create particular types of workers in the labour market. I am strongly influenced by Marxist theories of education and stratification, in particular the correspondence theory of Bowles and Gintis.
I am currently working with Prof. Sally Power on a project entitled ‘Tracking the progress of Assisted Place holders thirty years on’ which has been funded by the Sutton Trust. This project is tracking the long-term impact of a scheme introduced in the 1980s to support students from poor homes into private schools. A cohort of pupils who received these Assisted Places have been tracked throughout their lives in order to assess this policy and this project is investigating their current destinations.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.