Cassie Earl


Cassie Earl

  • Senior Lecturer - Education Studies: Post Compulsory Education
  • Email: c.earl@bathspa.ac.uk
  • School or Department: Institute for Education
  • Campus: Newton Park
  • Office: Twiverton 108

Personal statement

Cassie came to higher education after a long career in community popular education and research.

Her research interests span popular education from the university to social movements and community groups. She works through theories of critical pedagogy, open and autonomous Marxism, and anarchist theories to understand education as a tool for social empowerment and change. This includes studies of social movements as pedagogical spaces, student activism, political teaching and other sites of popular education.

Cassie has previously worked at Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Lincoln, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bristol before coming to Bath Spa and has worked with many diverse learners in both University and community settings.

Cassie is happy to be contacted about possible PhD supervision in her areas of expertise and enjoys teaching a range of modules on the undergraduate Education Studies programme.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • MA - University of Salford
  • BA (Hons) - Lancaster University

Areas of expertise

  • Popular education
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Social movement and activism studies
  • Community education
  • Open Marxism and anarchist theories
  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Community based and arts methodologies
  • Bricolage and co-production in research

Other external roles

  • Editorial Board member - Australian Journal of Adult Education and the Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS)

Teaching modules

  • Sociology of Education
  • Inequality and Education
  • Education for Change
  • Changing Education 

Research supervision

Cassie is interested in supervising students in the following areas

  • Popular education
  • Theories of critical pedagogy
  • Adult education, including studies of the political nature of higher education
  • Arts education, including theatre
  • Marxist or anarchist traditions of education
  • Learning in social movements
  • Critical theory in education
  • Any other related areas.

Invited talks and guest lectures

  • "The Pedagogical Dimensions of a Global Revolution: Why we Have to Learn for the Future". Conference invited featured speaker, Russian Revolution Centenary: Reflections on the 21st Century, The Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies, the Department of Social and Educational Policy-University of Peloponnese, the California School of Integral Studies, 26th -29th October 2017
  • "Post-truth as a pedagogy of the future? Transgressing the post-political frame". International Conference on Anticipation, 2017, School of Advanced Study, 8-10 November 2017
  • "Nurturing Dissent: Developing the Unruly Subject in Higher Education". Invited Plenary Speaker VI. International Conference on Critical Education, Middlesex University, 10-13 August 2016
  • "Doing Pedagogy Publicly: Asserting the Right to the City by Relearning the Urban". From CONTESTED_CITIES to global urban justice - critical dialogues conference, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, July 4th - 7th 2016
  • "The Final(?) Insecurity of Academia: Losing Intellectual Possibilities; Creating Radical Spaces". 7th International Conference of the Popular Education Network, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, 22nd - 24th June 2016.
  • Guest Lecture by Invitation: "Politics and the Art of Pedagogy: Exploring Activism in and About the University", given for students and staff at the University College, Maastricht, April 2016
  • "Occupying Education: The Power of the Empty Signifier". 5th International Conference on Critical Education, University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland, June 2015
  • "Making Hope Possible: Creating a ‘Loop of Learning’ from the Streets to the Academy and Back". The 6th International Conference of the Popular Education Network (PEN), University of Malta, April 2014
  • "What if Knowledge Were the Movement? Popular Pedagogy as a Social Movement". Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2014
  • "Politics and the Act of Organic Pedagogy". ESRC, University of Manchester Symposium on Interdisciplinarity, UoM, 2014
  • "Education for Resistance and Interruption: Learning to Change". Making Education a Priority Conference, MMU, 2013
  •  "The Zeitgeist Movement: Technologizing Pedagogy for Better or Worse?" Articulating Alternatives: Agents, Spaces and Communication in/of a Time of Crisis, Goldsmiths University, 2012
  • "Being Realistic by Demanding the Impossible: Beginning the Bricolage". Enquire Conference on ‘Interdisciplinarity’ , Nottingham University, 2012.

Research and academic outputs

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