Lecturer, University of York Department of Education
Reva Yunus is a Lecturer in Education and Social Justice at the Department of Education. She completed her PhD in Sociology in 2018 at the University of Warwick. She has a very interdisciplinary background which combines an MA in Education with an MSc in Physics and has worked on education policy, science curriculum development, and women workers’ rights and has taught underprivileged children.
Reva’s work focuses on the impact of economic change and marginalisation, especially increasingly precarious work on families and young people’s education, work and strategies of mobility in urban India and England. She is particularly interested in how young people negotiate change, vulnerability and socioeconomic exclusion through strategies like political and social networking, combining education and paid work and various practices of (dis)engagement from existing institutions. Her work also offers a critical engagement with development and policy discourses around growth, poverty and education.
Reva is a qualitative researcher, and her work spans the sociology of education, sociology of urban marginalisation, sociology of childhood and youth and economic sociology. Currently, alongside investigating the impact of precarity and poverty in post-industrial South Yorkshire, she is also looking at young people’s gendered and classed experiences of learning English and online learning in South India.
Her long-term theoretical interests include rethinking agency in relation to coercive forces, shifts in the nature of the state and its relationship with global capital and social class inequalities in the context of precarious work.
Further information about her work can be found on Reva’s department webpage