Kim Allen is a Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. Kim’s work sits at the intersections of the cultural studies and sociology of education and youth. Her research focuses broadly on inequalities of social class and gender and young people's educational experiences, subjectivities and transitions; youth cultural practices; and representations of class and gender within popular culture. She works with Heather Mendick and Laura Harvey on the ESRC funded project ‘Celebrity and young people classed and gendered aspirations’; and is also principal investigator on the British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant for a new project entitled: Revisiting ‘Blair’s Babies’ in new times: contemporary female subjectivities from New Labour to the Coalition.
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Laura Harvey is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Her work takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, gender studies, social psychology and cultural studies. Her interests include sexualities, everyday intimacies and inequalities, research with young people, the mediation of sexual knowledge, feminist methodologies and discourse analysis. She collaborates with Heather Mendick, Kim Allen and Aisha Ahmad on the ESRC funded project ‘The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations’.
Department of Sociology
University of Surrey
Heather Mendick works as a Reader in Education at Brunel University. Heather’s work sits at the intersections of the cultural studies and sociology of education and youth. She is interested education in its broadest sense and has published widely on: how people construct relationships with mathematics and science, popular culture and learning and intersections of class, gender and race in young people's identities. She collaborates with Kim Allen, Laura Harvey and Aisha Ahmad on the ESRC funded project ‘The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations'