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Sophie Ward, Dr

Associate Professor at Durham University

Dr Sophie Ward is an Associate Professor of Education. She joined the School of Education in 2011 after completing a BA, MA and PhD in Education at Durham University. Sophie’s research interests include neoliberalism and education; creativity; the arts in education.
Sophie is interested in how neoliberal economic policy informs education policy. The most obvious manifestation of neoliberal thinking in contemporary education is the argument that the primary function of education is to equip young people with the skills and knowledge for employment.

Sophie considers how and why employability has come to dominate education, and offers Shakespeare’s Renaissance humanism as a corrective to neoliberal ideology, in her book: Ward, S. (2017) Using Shakespeare’s Plays to Explore Education Policy Today: Neoliberalism through the lens of Renaissance humanism. Abingdon: Routledge.

Sophie Ward's contributions

Arts Education Research Re-drawn

Online registration for this event has now closed, please email to register. Link to event recording #BERA_ArtsEd Online event – pre-registration essential The COVID-19...

Past event23 Oct 2020

Arts Education Research Re-drawn

The COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the importance of the arts in providing social cohesion and wellbeing. From videos of socially distanced singing on balconies to painted NHS rainbows in...

Video23 Oct 2020