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Research Profile

Ms Ceryn Evans 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 74436
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Address:1-3 Museum Place


  • 2009- Present. PhD +3 ESRC studentship, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2009. MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2007. BSc (Joint Hons) Psychology and Education, Cardiff University

Research Interests

  • Sociology of education in general
  • Decision making and participation in post-compulsory education
  • Social class and education
  • Education policy

PhD Topic / Area

The study focuses on the significance of geographical location and temporal contexts, including the social, economic and educational landscapes in which young people are situated, for their aspirations and decisions about post-compulsory education and employment. The research addresses the question, to what extent does space, place and time bear upon and frame the decisions which young people make about post-compulsory education (including further and higher education), training and employment? Existing ‘choice’ literature has suggested that the choices, decisions and transitions which young people make regarding further and higher education and employment are strongly associated with social class and ethnicity. This research, however, aims to transcend this focus on social class and ethnicity and to additionally highlight ‘geography’ and ‘time’ as important conceptual tools for understanding how education and employment decisions and aspirations might be framed by these factors.


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