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Dr Emily Henderson

Job Title
Associate Professor
Education Studies
02476522285 (+442476522285)
Research Interests

Higher Education, research cultures, academic profession, academic identities, academic mobility, knowledge production, globalisation; conferences; gender, feminist and queer theory; feminist and gender pedagogy; international development; ethnography, autoethnography, diary method, qualitative research; deconstruction, poststructuralist theory; India, South Africa, UK, US, France.


Emily F. Henderson joined the Department of Education Studies (previously Centre for Education Studies) in 2015. Her research and approach to teaching are inherently international and interdisciplinary, and are influenced by her earlier studies in literature and modern languages and time spent working or studying abroad in Togo, France, Senegal and India. She has further connections with the US, having conducted PhD research there, and South Africa, based on an ESRC PhD Partnership with the University of the Free State. At Warwick, she founded the MA programme, 'Global Education and International Development', which was launched in 2017, and was course leader until 2020; she teaches the module 'EQ923 Understanding Global Education and International Development'. From 2019 she has been Co-Director of the Post-Graduate Research programme for the department.


Emily is co-investigator on a 5-year research study on gender and higher education in Haryana, India (funded by the Fair Chance Foundation), and is also completing the outputs from a project where she was Principal Investigator on 'In Two Places at Once'; this was a project on the impact of caring responsibilities on academics' conference participation (funded by Warwick Research Development Fund and IAS). She is co-convenor of AMIN - Academic Mobilities and Immobilities Network, and co-convenor of the 'International Research and Researchers Network' for the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and member of the Governing Council and Research & Development Committee for SRHE. At Warwick, Emily is the Education Studies representative for the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID), an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender.


Emily is author of Gender Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Tracing Gender in Higher Education (Palgrave, 2015) and Gender, Definitional Politics and 'Live' Knowledge Production: Contesting Concepts at Conferences (Routledge, 2020) and co-editor with Z Nicolazzo of Starting with Gender in International Higher Education Research (Routledge, 2019). She has also co-edited with James Burford a special issue of Gender and Education, 'Thoughtful gatherings: gendering conferences as spaces of learning, knowledge production and community', and is co-editing a special issue of Higher Education with Charikleia Tzanakou, 'Stuck and sticky in mobile academia: reconfiguring the im/mobility binary'. Emily is co-editor of the academic blog 'Conference Inference: Blogging the World of Conferences', which was launched in 2017 and is read in over 100 countries. For full details of Emily's publications, see the link below.


Emily holds a BA in English Literature and Modern Languages (French) from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Education, Gender and International Development, an MRes in Educational and Social Research and a PhD in Education from the UCL Institute of Education (MRes and PhD ESRC-funded).

Doctoral Supervision

Emily is currently supervising the following PhD students:

Xuemeng Cao, international students & employability, 2016-, PhD full-time, funded by Chinese Scholarship Council, co-supervised with Ian Abbott (completed 2020).

Roisin Ellison, counter-terrorism policy in schools & poststructuralism, 2016-, PhD part-time, ESRC-funded, co-supervised with Judith Everington.

Anjali Thomas, gender and higher education in Haryana India, 2017-, PhD full-time, funded by WCPRS & Fair Chance Foundation, co-supervised with Ann Stewart.

Johan de Kam, international expatriate experiences, 2017-, PhD part-time, co-supervised with Stephanie Scnurr.

Bing Lu, impact of international doctoral education on returned Chinese academics' supervision practice, 2018-, PhD full-time, co-supervised with Emma Williams.

Ahmad Akkad, role of displaced Syrian academics in higher education reconstruction in Syria, 2019-, PhD full-time, funded by Sanctuary Scholarship, co-supervised with Dallal Stevens.

Serena Alexis, the intersectionality of race and gender in educational leadership, 2020-, EdD part-time, co-supervised with Pontso Moorosi


English (native); French (fluent); Hindi (advanced); Urdu (intermediate); Ewe (basic).

Title Funder Award start Award end
Widening Access to Higher Education in India: A Fair Chance for Education - 2022 - 2026 Fair Chance Foundation 01 Jul 2022 30 Jun 2026
Gender and educational provision in Haryana North India Fair Chance Foundation 01 Mar 2017 30 Sep 2022
Gender and educational provision in Haryana North India (Project Development) (linked to 53904) Anonymous 01 Sep 2017 28 Feb 2021

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