Sociology of education; social theory and education; critical theories of race, class and education; antiracist education; Black intellectual and educational movements; educational inequalities and education policy; widening participation; further and higher education; sociologies of work-related learning; case study research; documentary research.
Paul Warmington is one of the UK's leading scholars in the sociology of race and education. Paul joined the Department of Education Studies in 2017. Prior to this, he taught and researched at the University of Birmingham (2004-2016), where he was a founder member of the Centre for Research in Race and Education, and the University of Nottingham (2000-2003). Before entering academia, he had lengthy careers in antiracist publishing and in further education.
Paul was one of the first UK academics to explore Critical Race Theory, combining it with wider traditions in Black Atlantic thought. His writing on Black British intellectual and educational movements has been internationally influential. He has also written and researched on shifts in the coverage of race equality in UK education policy; Black/ white achievement gaps; tensions in understandings of race and class in social research; BAME students in further and vocational education.
Paul has formed networks of race-critical academics across the UK, has extensive links with community stakeholders and with US scholars. He has presented frequently at the American Educational Research Association conference and is one of the very few UK academics to have been invited to speak at Morehouse College, one of the USA's oldest historically black liberal arts colleges. Paul's work has been covered in The Guardian, Times Education Supplement and The Voice. He has contributed to BBC1's landmark documentary Subnormal, on the historical scandal of the placing of Black children in ESN schools during the 1960s and 70s. He was recently invited to speak at the LSE and at the Open University on education, Critical Race Theory and the black radical tradition.
Paul is a longstanding member of the editorial boards of the journals Educational Review and Race, Ethnicity and Education. He is a member of the University of Warwick's Race Equality Task Force and its Tackling Racial Inequality staff development group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Paul's research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, HEFCE and the Society for Educational Studies. Major studies include Race, Racism & Education: inequality, resilience & reform in policy and practice (Society for Educational Studies); Race, Education and Intersectionality: getting the balance right (Society for Educational Studies).
Paul has also researched on widening participation in H.E.; news media coverage of exam results; the uses of documentary film as a data source in educational research; cultural-historical activity theory; interprofessional and interdisciplinary work in children's services; sociologies of education and work. He has recently developed pilot research on the experiences of BAME students in vocational and work-related education, and on post-Black Lives Matter innovations in Black Atlantic scholarship.
Paul's most recent publication is the four-volume series, Critical Race Theory in Education: Major Themes in Education, Vol 1-4 (Routledge, 2018), co-edited with leading US and UK scholars: Adrienne Dixson, David Gillborn, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Laurence Parker and Nicola Rollock.
Paul is author of Black British Intellectuals and Education: multiculturalism's hidden history (Routledge, 2014); co-author of Improving Interprofessional Collaborations: multi-agency working for children's wellbeing (Routledge, 2009) and Interagency Collaboration: a review of the literature (LIW, 2005). He also co-edited Atlantic Crossings: international dialogues in Critical Race Theory (HEA/CSAP, 2011). He has co-edited special issues of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training ('Race, Ethnicity and Vocational Education and Training') and Paedagogica Historica ('Education in Motion: Documentary Film and Educational').
Paul has published papers in world-leading journals including: Educational Theory; Race, Ethnicity and Education; Ethnic and Racial Studies; British Educational Research Journal; Oxford Review of Education; Educational Review. For full details of Paul's publications, see 'Publications' page.
Paul holds a BA (Hons) English and European Literature from the University of Essex, a PGCE (Secondary, English and Drama) from the University of Warwick and a PhD in Education from the University of Birmingham.
Matthew Edwards: Young people's lived experiences of music education, PhD full-time, co-supervised with Dr Rachel Turner-King.
Paul Martin: The effectiveness of outreach programmes which aim to widen participation in higher education, PhD part-time, co-supervised with Prof Emma Smith.
Sarah Emmerson: Impact of school based ITE on whole school improvement, EdD part-time.
Milena Cuccurullo: Re-writing education policy with philosophical translation, PhD part-time, ESRC funded, co-supervised with Dr Emma Williams.
Marta Ulanicka: Widening participation in higher education in UK and Poland, PhD full-time, co-supervised with Prof Emma Smith.
- Warmington, Paul, 2020. Critical race theory in England : impact and opposition. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 27 (1), pp. 20-37
- Warmington, Paul, Gillborn, David, Rollock, Nicola, Demack, Sean, 2018. "They can't handle the race agenda" : stakeholders? reflections on race and education policy, 1993-2013. Educational Review, 70 (4), pp. 409-426
- Gillborn, David, Warmington, Paul, Demack, Sean, 2018. QuantCrit : education, policy, ?Big Data' and principles for a critical race theory of statistics. Race Ethnicity and Education, 21 (2), pp. 158-179
- Avis, J., Orr, K., Warmington, Paul, 2017. Race and vocational education and training in England. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 69 (3), pp. 292-310
- Gillborn, David, Demack, Sean, Rollock, Nicola, Warmington, Paul, 2017. Moving the goalposts : education policy and 25 years of the Black/White achievement gap. British Educational Research Journal, 43 (5), pp. 848-874
- Warmington, Paul, 2015. Dystopian social theory and education. Educational Theory, 65 (3), pp. 265-281
- Warmington, Paul, 2015. The emergence of black British social conservatism. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (7), pp. 1152-1168
- Warmington, Paul, 2012. ?A tradition in ceaseless motion' : critical race theory and black British intellectual spaces. Race Ethnicity and Education, 15 (1), pp. 5-21
- Warmington, Paul, Grosvenor, Ian, 2011. A very historical mode of understanding : examining editorial and ethnographic relations in The Primary (2008). Paedagogica Historica, 47 (4), pp. 543-558
- Warmington, Paul, 2011. Divisions of labour: activity theory, multi-professional working and intervention research. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 63 (2), pp. 143-157
- Warmington, Paul, Van Gorp, Angelo, Grosvenor, Ian, 2011. Education in motion : uses of documentary film in educational research. Paedagogica Historica, 47 (4), pp. 457-472
- Warmington, Paul, 2009. Taking race out of scare quotes : race-conscious social analysis in an ostensibly post-racial world. Race Ethnicity and Education, 12 (3), pp. 281-296
- Daniels, Harry, Warmington, Paul, 2007. Analysing third generation activity systems : labour-power, subject position and personal transformation. Journal of Workplace Learning, 19 (6), pp. 377-391
- Daniels, Harry, Leadbetter, Jane, Warmington, Paul, Edwards, Anne, Martin, Deirdre, Popova, Anna, Apostolov, Apostol, Middleton, David, Brown, Steve, 2007. Learning in and for multi-agency working. Oxford Review of Education, 33 (4), pp. 521-538
- Warmington, Paul, Murphy, Roger, 2007. ?Read All about it!' UK news media coverage of A-Level results. Policy Futures in Education, 5 (1), pp. 70-83
- Sandford, Rachel A., Armour, Kathleen M., Warmington, Paul, 2006. Re-engaging disaffected youth through physical activity programmes. British Educational Research Journal, 32 (2), pp. 251-271
- Warmington, Paul, Murphy, Roger, 2004. Could do better? Media depictions of UK educational assessment results. Journal of Education Policy, 19 (3), pp. 285-299
- Warmington, Paul, Wilmut, John, 2004. Re-inventing the wheel? Divergent conceptions of the role of internal verifiers within organisations. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 56 (2), pp. 307-328
- Warmington, Paul, 2003. 'You need a qualification for everything these days.' The impact of work, welfare and disaffection upon the aspirations of access to Higher Education students. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24 (1), pp. 95-108
- Warmington, Paul, 2002. Studenthood as surrogate occupation : access to higher education students' discursive production of commitment, discursive production of commitment, maturity and peer support. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 54 (4), pp. 583-600
- Crawford, Claire, Demack, Sean, Gillborn, David, Warmington, Paul, 2018. Quants and crits : using numbers for social justice (or, how not to be lied to with statistics). DeCuir-Gunby, J.; Chapman, T.; Schutz, P. (eds.), Understanding Critical Race Research Methods and Methodologies: Lessons from the field, New York, Routledge
- Warmington, Paul, 2016. Critical outlooks. Osborne, Deirdre (ed.), The Cambridge companion to British Black and Asian literature (1945-2010), Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press
- Warmington, Paul, 2014. Agents of critical hope : black British narratives. Bozalek, Vivienne; Leibowitz, Brenda; Carolissen, Ronelle; Boler, Megan (eds.), Discerning critical hope in educational practices, London; New York, Routledge
- Warmington, Paul, 2014. Black British intellectuals and education : multiculturalism's hidden history. London; New York, Routledge
- Warmington, Paul, 2011. Some of my best friends are Marxists : critical race theory, sociocultural theory and the ?figured worlds' of race. In Hylton, Kevin; Pilkington, Andrew; Warmington, Paul; Housee, Shirin (eds.), Atlantic Crossings : international dialogues on critical race theory, Birmingham, CSAP/Higher Education Academy, pp. 262-283
- Warmington, Paul, 2010. Expansive learning, expansive labour : conceptualizing the social production of labour-power within multi-agency working. In Daniels, Harry; Edwards, Anne; Engestrom, Yrjo; Gallagher, Tony; Ludvigsen, Sten (eds.), Activity Theory in Practice: promoting learning across boundaries and agencies, London, Routledge, pp. 72-89
- Edwards, Anne, Daniels, Harry, Gallagher, Tony, Leadbetter, Jane, Warmington, Paul, 2009. Improving inter-professional collaborations : multi-agency working for children's wellbeing. London, Routledge
- Warmington, Paul, 2009. Learning in and for multiagency working. In Daniels, Harry; Lauder, Hugh; Porter, Jill (eds.), Knowledge, Values and Education Policy: A critical perspective, London, Routledge, pp. 87-94
- Warmington, Paul, Daniels, Harry, Edwards, Anne, Leadbetter, Jane, Martin, Deirdre, Middleton, David, Brown, Steve, Popova, Anna, Apostolov, Apostol, 2009. Learning leadership in multiagency work for integrating services into schools. In Forbes, Joan; Watson, Cate (eds.), Service Integration in Schools: research and policy discources, practices and future prospects, Rotterdam, Sense, pp. 97-107
- Warmington, Paul, 2008. The "R" word : voicing race as a critical problem and not just a problem of practice. In Satterthwaite, Jerome; Watts, Michael; Piper, Heather (eds.), Talking Truth, Confronting Power, Stoke on Trent, Trentham, pp. 143-157
- Warmington, Paul, 2007. Popular press, visible value : how debates on exams and student debt have unmasked the commodity relations of the ?learning age'. In Green, Anthony; Rikowski, Glenn; Raduntz, Helen (eds.), Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education: Openings, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 215-228
- Warmington, Paul, Daniels, Harry, Edwards, Anne, Brown, Steve, Leadbetter, Jane, Martin, Deirdre, Middleton, Dave, 2004. Interagency collaboration : a review of the literature : TLRPIII : learning in and for interagency working. Bath, Learning in and for Interagency Working Project
- Warmington, Paul, 2015. The status of race and racism in policy : an analysis of project interviews.
- Smith, P., Daniels, H., Edwards, A., Apostolov, A., Brown, S., Kinti, I., Leadbetter, J., Martin, D., Martsin, M., Middleton, D., Parsons, S. G., Popava, A., Warmington, Paul, Youngs, S., 2008. Learning in and for multi-agency working in preventing social exclusion. Institute of Education