Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ)

Leader: Professor Ian Davies

The Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ) undertakes multi-method research that explores social justice in education.


We pursue research regarding social justice and education in the UK and internationally. We investigate perceptions of fairness; differential rates of access and achievement that apply across individuals and social groups; and, explore learning and teaching.

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Education, meritocracy and inequality in China

Dr Ye Liu presents her current research on social and civic attitudes of university students in China. Dr Liu is a Lecturer in International Development. She was awarded the 2014 Junior Sociologist Prize by the Research Committee on Women in Society of the International Sociology Association and the 2014 Newer Researcher Award by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). Her first monograph entitled: “Higher Education, Meritocracy and Inequality in China” is published by Springer in September 2016.


Research seminar by Dr. Andrew Mycock, University of Huddersfield

A research seminar from guest speaker Dr Andrew Mycock. Dr Mycock's current research focuses on the development of active citizenship and democratic participation of young people in the UK and he has published widely on issues of youth citizenship and government youth initiatives such as National Citizen Service. He is a Reader in the Department of Politics at the University of Huddersfield.

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We offer research degrees (PhD, MA by research) and we also offer our MA in Global and International Citizenship Education and our MA in Social Justice and Education.

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Ruth Awolola Launches New Childrens Poetry Anthology

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2017

First year BA English in Education student Ruth Awolola has launched her first co-authored childrens poetry anthology - Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry

CRESJ to host 2018 BAICE conference

Posted on Monday 13 November 2017

We are delighted that the BAICE conference 2018 will be held at the University of York, Convened by Dr Eleanor Brown.

CRESJ Seminar Series: Coercion, Mimesis, and Normativity in UK Social Science Doctoral Funding

Posted on Thursday 2 November 2017

Dr Richard Budd will present his recent research on access to postgraduate education.

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