Laura Green

Personal statement

I teach on a range of Education Studies modules and specialise in youth and community work, informal education and sociology. Before moving to Bath Spa University, I taught at Brunel University on the MA Youth and Community Work and the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work.

Prior to joining academia I worked in numerous education settings, including Early Years, primary and secondary schools, pupil referal units and numerous youth projects. I have been involved with community and youth work for my entire working life on a part time, full time and, more recently, voluntary basis. I have worked within both voluntary and local authority settings and delivered work in a wide range of contexts including: after school clubs, arts projects, personal safety projects, young women's discussion groups, detached and outreach projects, LGBTQ groups, sports projects, engaging groups of NEET young people, centre based sessions, youth forums, junior and senior youth clubs, music projects, residential trips and many more. I have been a youth worker for the last 18 years, a role that I now fulfil in a voluntary capacity.

My PhD research focused on gender, youth work and physical activity. I am particularly concerned with developing innovative child/young person friendly research methods and seek to place young people's voices at the forefront of my research.

I teach youth work modules at:

Level 4 (Working with Young People in Communities);

Level 5 (Youth in Sociey: Power, politics and participation);

Level 6 (Young People, Identity and Subcultures).

Personal ethos

All aspects of my work including research, teaching and youth work, are underpinned by my strong commitment to social justice, as such I am particularly committed to anti-oppressive practice that strives towards inclusion and equity.

I am a dedicated educator, passionate about the empowering possibilities of education, but I also understand the ways in which education may often exclude and disempower.  I try to be an ally to my students, colleagues and other stakeholders; to create safe and supportive learning environments; and in particular to enable students to view themselves as important and valuable members of the university community.  I am committed to developing pedagogy that draws on the assets and resources of students, builds their confidence and supports them to explore their own learning practices.  

My modules are specifically designed to enable the students to develop their own academic position, explore their own values critically, and follow their own interests.  I aim to create opportunities for students to reflect on the kind of practitioner or educator they wish to be; the kinds of environments they want to create in their university and workplaces; the kind of communities they want to live in; and the kind of society they want to build.

 

  • BA(Hons) Education Studies, University of Winchester
  • PGC Youth and Community Work Brunel University
  • PhD Brunel University.

Professional qualifications

  • B-Tec National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Early Years Professional Qualification)
  • NVQ 4 Youth Work (Local qualification)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Youth and Community Work (JNC professional qualification).

Professional memberships

  • Gender and Education Association
  • British Educational Research Association
  • British Sociological Association.

Other external roles

  • External Examiner, St Mary's University, BA Education

Teaching specialism

  • Youth and Community Work
  • Sociology
  • Gender Studies.

PhD Completions

2020 Camila Fuentes-Diaz: Using Creative Writing to Explore Identity Formation: A Participatory Study with Adolescents in Post-Conflict Colombia.

2020 Lizbeth Bullock: Parental aspiration and the intergenerational transfer of advantage and disadvantage 

Current PhD Supervisions

Niamh McGrogan (Participatory action research with in service teachers) Director of Studies

Shaun Taylor (Inequalities in transitions from Primary to Secondary School) Co-supervisor

Declan Hamblin (De-gendering Physical Education)

Supervisory Interests

I am open to applications to supervise doctoral students, particularly concerned with the following interests:

  • youth identities
  • gender
  • social justice
  • participatory action research
  • narrative research.

 

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Youth and community work placements
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Green, L (2017) 'Youth and community work placements.' In: Hordern, J and Simon, C, eds. Placements and work-based learning in education studies: an introduction for students. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 110-125. ISBN 9781138839069


Working as a practitioner-researcher
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Green, L, Cullen, F and Bradford, S (2011) 'Working as a practitioner-researcher.' In: Bradford, S and Cullen, F, eds. Research and research methods for youth practitioners. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 5-24. ISBN 9780415571036


One size doesn't fit all: participatory sports projects with non-sporty girls
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Green, L (2011) 'One size doesn't fit all: participatory sports projects with non-sporty girls.' In: Jeanes, R and Magee, J, eds. Children, youth and leisure. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne. ISBN 9781905369249


How participatory is feminist participatory action research?
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Green, L (2012) How participatory is feminist participatory action research? In: Knowing Young People 2: Research Methods, Young People and Sexuality, 19 September 2012, Brunel University, London, UK.


Getting emotional: using sport to build emotional capital and overcome symbolic violence
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Green, L (2012) Getting emotional: using sport to build emotional capital and overcome symbolic violence. In: Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation, 5-7 September 2012, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.


These newspapers make me really angry! Girls analyses of the representation of sports women in Sport Observer Monthly
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Green, L (2012) These newspapers make me really angry! Girls analyses of the representation of sports women in Sport Observer Monthly. In: Women and Media:Representations Past and Present, 9-10 March 2012, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK.


Shifting subjectivities: the potential of feminist participatory action research for transforming gendered experiences of physical activity,
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Green, L (2012) Shifting subjectivities: the potential of feminist participatory action research for transforming gendered experiences of physical activity,. In: Gender and Education Association Conference, 11-13 April 2012, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.


Playing out! Moral panic and the management of childhood
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Green, L (2010) Playing out! Moral panic and the management of childhood. In: Moral Panics In the Contemporary World, 10-12 December 2010, Bunel University, London, UK.


Non-sporty girls take the lead: a participatory approach to youth work and sport
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Green, L (2010) Non-sporty girls take the lead: a participatory approach to youth work and sport. In: Researching Youth Sport Conference, 10 November 2010, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.


Girls re-inventing sport: a participatory approach to youth work
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Green, L (2009) Girls re-inventing sport: a participatory approach to youth work. In: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Conference, 4 - 7 November 2009, Ottawa, Canada.


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