Education and Social Justice

An interdisciplinary research group interested in how knowledge and social justice interact

This research group defines education broadly to include informal and incidental learning, capacity building and agency through community organising and knowledge creation and translation as well as the more traditionally considered avenues of schooling.

We are interested in how education, when done well, can contribute to social justice conceived as recognition, representation and redistribution, and how education can also act as a barrier to this.

Our interests

Our broad scope encompasses a number of topics, for example,

  • Issues of cognitive and epistemic justice that dictate what counts as knowledge and who says what stands as true
  • The emancipatory function of education to disturb stagnated imaginaries and forefront a politics of recognition
  • The interconnectedness of our social and natural spheres which demand the simultaneous consideration of environmental justice with social justice and how to educate and advocate for this
  • Educational governance that represents a diverse range of practitioners and stakeholders at all levels of decision making.

There is also a focus on methodologies that contribute to social justice which are particularly prevalent and have a long heritage in educational research such as participatory methods, action research, popular education and co-produced research.


  • Dr Lindsey Horner - GCRF development grant. Co-constructing a research agenda for Edu-Peace. This project includes working as part of a University of Cambridge based team across the Horn of Africa, Lebanon and South East Asia to develop a research network interested in the Edu-Peace worker
  • Dr Tingting Yuan - Bath Spa research grant. China's higher Education provision in the Global South. This project examines international students from developing contexts and their experiences at Chinese universities
  • Raul Paez Cubides (PhD candidate) - Peace-building from Multiple Voices: Understanding the Potential of Education in the Transformation of Colombian Society
  • Stephanie Harvey (PhD candidate) - The intersection of disability and minority ethnicity: impacts on the process of exclusion and marginalization.

Past events

Reading groups

Research Methods for Social Justice reading group

2 July - 6 August 2018, 2.00-3.00pm, Commons, Newton Park

Reading groups are run for a finite time around a specific topic. This reading group will run for six weeks on the topic of ‘Research methods for social justice’. 

Other activities included:

  • Reading group on activist research
  • Interactive workshop on activist research

Reading Group on Social Justice

Tuesday 24 October – Tuesday 12 December at 4.00pm, NP CM.110

Reading groups are run for a finite time around a specific topic. The first reading group will run for eight weeks on the general topic of ‘Social Justice’. Further reading groups will be developed around specific interests as desired by the group.

For information and an article about this generalist reading group, please contact Lindsey.

Book launch

Spaces of political pedagogy: Occupy! and other radical experiments in adult learning by Cassie Earl.

14 December 2018

We were pleased to host the book launch of our colleague's latest work, which examines social movements though a pedagogical lens.

We hope this work will spark some important and interesting discussion around educational experimentation, social movements and activism.

Further information

To read more about our work, follow us on Twitter @edSocJus

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