Valerie HarwoodResearch Affiliate

    Valerie Harwood is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology of Education, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2014-2018 and an Honorary Professorial Fellow, Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), University of Wollongong. Valerie’s research is centred on a social and cultural analysis of participation in educational futures. This work involves learning about collaborative approaches and in-depth fieldwork on educational justice with young people, families and communities. Her current work includes the collaboration, Community-Led Research, a FASS Research Theme, The University of Sydney.  Her most recent book is The Politics of Widening Participation and University Access for Young People: Making educational futures co-authored with Anna Hickey-Moody (CRIMP, RMIT), Samantha McMahon (Sydney) and Sarah O’Shea (UOW). Making Educational Futures draws on ARC funded research with young people who experienced precarious education (they were not engaged in institutional educational systems) and sought to understand how they imagined the university. Valerie’s Future Fellowship work has adapted concepts and methodologies from social marketing and brought these into conversation with critical sociological and anthropological approaches.

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