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Research Profile

Prof David James 

Photograph of Professor David James
Position:Professor and Director, ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 70930
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Address:2.13 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

The central theme in my research is the relationship between education and social inequalities.  I have studied a range of topics: assessment and student experience in higher education; professionalism, learning cultures and policy in further education; curriculum innovation, creative teaching, work-related learning and factors in GCSE attainment in secondary education; middle class identity and (secondary) school choice.  I use and write about the social theory of Bourdieu, but also draw on many other theoretical sources.  Whilst most of my research work has been qualitative, I use quantitative and mixed methods as well, depending on the nature of the research questions.

David takes some time to talk about his research interests below.

Research Groups

Education, Culture & Society Research Group (ECS)

Work, Employability and Labour Markets (WELM)