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Lydia Marshall

I am a final year PhD student studying in the Department of Sociology. I have a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and a Masters degree in Social Research, both from the University of Warwick. My PhD is funded by the Economics and Social Research Council.

My thesis explores Ethiopian schoolchildren’s understandings of why they go to school, and considers how these compare to other accounts of education. I use ideas of capabilities and critical realism to evaluate the merits of education and identify children’s knowledge as fallible. This confronts the limitations both of orthodox, overly-economic accounts of education, and the current paradigm in Childhood Studies which is in danger of overstating children's autonomy and agency.

My research interests include education, the sociology of childhood, childhood and youth, social and development policy, transitions to adulthood, critical social theory, the Human Capabilities approach and participatory research methods.

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Lydia Marshall

L dot R dot Marshall at warwick dot ac dot uk