Steven J. Courtney is senior lecturer in management and leadership in the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), University of Manchester, UK. Steven leads the MIE research group, Critical Education Policy, to which all the authors of this blog post belong. He is an editor of Critical Studies in Education and co-convenor of the BELMAS Critical Education Policy and Leadership Studies research interest group. He won awards for his doctoral thesis from AERA Division A, BERA, and BELMAS and, in 2017, a British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Award. He uses critical sociological approaches to explore the interplay between agency and structure in education policy and leadership. He is the co-editor of Educational leadership: Theorising professional practice in neoliberal times (Routledge, 2017).