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Dr Chelsea Sellers



I joined the department as an Associate Lecturer in Education (T&S) in 2018. From 2017-18 I worked at Liverpool Hope University as a Lecturer in Education, teaching on programmes in both Education Studies and Early Childhood. Prior to that, I was a research associate at Lancaster University, working on projects related to access to HE and research ethics, whilst also lecturing in the sociology of education at York St John University. 
I completed my PhD in the Department of Education at the University of York in 2016, focusing on young people’s development of a reading habitus (their ways of reading/ being a reader and whether or not they view reading as being for ‘someone like me’). The research sought to contribute to socio-cultural conceptions of reading and what it means to be a ‘reader’ and explored the social justice implications of this. I also completed a BA in Language and Literature in Education in the same department. 

Departmental roles

  • Education Ethics Committee (Deputy Chair)
  • Deputy Programme Leader MA Education



  • Researching Education
  • Key Concepts of Education
  • Perspectives on Education
  • What is Education?
  • Education, Policy and Society
  • Perspectives on Literacy
  • Education and International Development
  • Dissertation


  • Research Methods
  • Social Justice and Education



I am interested in exploring issues related to literacy and social justice; social constructions of literacy, reading and what it means to be a reader; and reading for pleasure. In addition to this, I also have a keen interest in research ethics and issues of power in social research. 

Sellers, C. (2019). 'Fitting in’ and ‘standing out’: the peer group and young people’s development of reader identity. British Journal of Sociology of Education, doi:10.1080/01425692.2019.1622407

Sellers, C. (2019). Literacy, Media, Technology: Past, Present and Future, edited by Becky Parry, Cathy Burnett & Guy Merchant 2017 London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 1350075035 264pp. Literacy,

Sellers, C., Samuel, G., & Derrick, G. (2020). Reasoning “uncharted territory”:  Notions of expertise within ethics review panels assessing research use of social media. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics,

Research group(s)

Available PhD research projects

I am keen to supervise PhD projects with a social justice theme, with a specific focus on literacy and reading. I am also interested in working with students exploring various aspects of children’s/ adolescent literature and literacy, and projects which seek to unpack understandings of literacy, reading (including reading for pleasure) and what it means to be a reader.


I am currently co-supervising a PhD on scientific literacy and its relationship to practical work in secondary school science. I am also a TAP member for a student researching English teachers’ personal and professional reading habits. I previously co-supervised on projects related to global citizenship education and perceptions and understandings of character and citizenship education.

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44(0)1904 322464