Emma joined the Centre for Education Studies in 2017 having previously held Chairs at the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester. Before joining academia she worked for six years as a secondary school chemistry teacher and special educational needs co-ordinator in the South Wales valleys.
Emma researches social justice issues in the field of education. She is particularly interested in the role that policy can play in reducing inequalities and closing gaps in participation and achievement at all levels of education. She is also interested in research methodology especially the use of large-scale secondary data sets to address questions about educational equity.
Her research has been funded by the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and the European Union and her most recent book 'Key Issues in Education and Social Justice' will be published by Sage in 2018. She is also a co-editor of the BERA SAGE Handbook of Educational Research (2017) and The SAGE Handbook of Comparative and International Education (to be published in 2019).
Emma teaches the module 'Education and Social Justice' on the BA Education Studies programme and is keen to supervise students who are interested in researching education policy and inequality in the national and international context.