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Dr Siobhan Dytham

Current Positions


I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Education Studies at The University of Warwick. I am also a member of the Warwick Observatory for Social Mobility, and a member of the Advisory Group for The Pedagogy of Methodological Learning research project. I am also a member of the IJSRM Editorial Board and review articles submitted for publication to the International Journal of Social Research Methodology (IJSRM).

Read more about my research. See a full list of my publications.

In addition to my research roles, for the past three years I have been working as a Lecturer at Aston University, including module leader for the final year, undergraduate module 'Risk, Environment and Society' and seminar tutor for the first year, undergraduate module 'Becoming a Social Scientist'.

Read more about my teaching.


Academic Background

In 2010 I graduated from Aston University with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics and Sociology with an international placement year. I was also awarded the School Prize for 'outstanding performance'. During my placement year I taught English in a school in the north of Thailand and completed an ethnographic dissertation focusing on the social construction of childhood.

In September 2011 I began an ESRC funded PhD at The University of Warwick. My doctoral research focused on social status and the notion of ‘popularity’ in secondary schools. This took the form of a year long ethnography in a secondary school including observations, interviews, focus groups and visual methods. The study explored constructions of ‘popularity’, how students become positioned within 'popularity hierarchies’ and how these notions relate to ideas of self and identity.