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Special Interest Group

Social Justice

The Social Justice SIG promotes dialogue on educational policies and practices at all levels in terms of supporting or inhibiting social justice.

We are committed to developing a range of theoretical understandings of the concept of social justice and the interaction of particular axes of discrimination in education. Particular attention is given to discourses and material effects of social class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship and human rights, and the ways in which these interrelate. In addition, we help to develop an understanding of the opportunities and spaces that social actors in education have to promote inclusion and social justice (as well as the limits and constraints they face), and the ways in which action can be taken.

We contribute to the evaluation of research methodologies for investigating social justice. We consider the processes by which academic critique can or should influence political agendas locally, nationally and globally. Fundamentally, we provide an arena for debate, discussion and dissemination for researchers whose work addresses a wide range of social justice issues. Thus, the SIG’s intention is to bring together research from a range of specialist yet related areas to a general forum to further social justice in education. 

The Social Justice organises a range of events and activities to foster research and networking in this important domain.

Research interests 

  • Particular attention is given to discourses and material effects of: social class,
  • gender,
  • ethnicity,
  • citizenship and human rights,
  • and the ways in which these interrelate.

SIG aims:

The SIG organises a number of events and activities which include research projects, publications, conferences and networking.

Twitter: @BERA_SocJustice

SIG Convenors

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John Parkin, Mr

Academic Employability Consultant at Anglia Ruskin University

John Parkin is an Academic Employability Consultant at Anglia Ruskin University where he works with academics and external partners to embed employability into courses. John Parkin was also a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education and a Course...

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Gigi Chi Ying Lam, Dr

Musician-educator at Royal College of Music

Gigi Chi Ying Lam is a musician-educator from Hong Kong. She worked as an arts administrator and school music teacher before she started her doctoral studies at the Royal College of Music, London with Dr Dave Camlin and Dr Mary Stakelum. Her...

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Liliana Belkin, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton

Dr Liliana Belkin has a PhD in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from New York University and earned a US-UK Fulbright Core Scholar Fellowship in 2019-2020. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton in the School...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Educational Research Book of the Year

Closes 15 Jul 2024

This award celebrates the publication of educational research and is awarded to a scholarly book on education deemed to be high quality, engaging and innovative.

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