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Carli Ria Rowell

Email: c.r.rowell@warwick.ac.uk | Twitter: carliriarowell

Carli is currently a final year ESRC doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and a full time teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sussex.

Research Interests: Social justice; social inequality especially in relation to gender, class and ethnicity; the sociology of education; widening participation; educational policy; higher education: higher education and the public good; the massification and marketisation of higher education; new educational technologies; educational inequalities from an international development perspective; moral philosophy; social mobility; qualitative research methods; ethnography; ethics, reflexivity; and conducting social justice research.

Biography: Carli Ria Rowell joined the Department of Sociology in 2013 from Loughborough University where she completed her BSc Sociology (first class honors) after her passion for the social sciences was so prevalent that it led her to transfer from BSc Economics. During her time at Loughborough Carli was awarded the Professor Albert Churns Memorial Prize and the Inaugural Santander Undergraduate Scholarship for the highest graded dissertation and first class grades respectively. Her PhD research is a theoretically informed and empirically driven thesis exploring ethnographically the experiences of first generation working-class university students at an elite UK University.

She has recently developed an interest for educational inequalities from an international and international developement perspective having spent time working and studying overseas in Ghana (2013), China (2014), India (2015), Canada (2015) and Tanzania (2016) alongside her doctoral study. Most recently Carli was part of a small team responsible for piloting a pioneering new technology called BluPoint in schools in Morogoro, Tanzania. BluPoint is a solar powered portable devise that provides free access (via FM radios, laptops and tablets) to content without using the Internet. The basic premise of BluPoint is that it “provide[s] free access to curated content to areas without internet. Empowering the technology that people already have in their pockets”. Responsibilities included training teachers and students on BluPoint, identifying challenges and solutions, alongside identifying and designing required course content. In addition, Carli is an educational content writer for IGGY, a no fee global educational social network designed to help talented young people aged 13-18 reach their full educational potential. It is through the aforementioned experinces that Carli witnessed firsthand the role of new technologies in widening participation and fostering inclusive learning thus addressing broader educational and societal (in)equalities, an area that is of grave research interest.

At Warwick Carli is the student representative for the 2013-2017 cohort on the ESRC committee and a postgraduate mentor. She is on the organizing committee for Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG) graduate seminar series. In 2015-2016 Carli solely initiated and launched a second graduate seminar series entitled ‘Inequality and Social Justice in Education: Issues of Class, Race, Gender and Sexuality’ as part of the Inequalities and Social Change research theme in the Department of Sociology. Beyond this, she is also a member of the British Sociological Association and Society for Research into Higher Education.

Higher Education Teaching: Carli has lectured and taught on a range of modules in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick namely:

  • 2016-17 Designing and Conducting Social Research
  • 2015-17 Educational Inequalities
  • 2015-17 Commercial Cultures in a Global Capitalism
  • 2014-16 Practice of Qualitative Research
  • 2014-15 Practice of Quantitative Research
  • 2014-15 Sociology of Education

From September 2017 Carli started a full time teaching fellowship in the Department of Sociology at the Univeristy of Sussex.

Why a sociological perspective? You can read about the books and personal experiences that inspired Carli to pursue sociology here:


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