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Dr Peter Hemming

Dr Peter Hemming


Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

+44(0) 29 2087 0911
1.29 Glamorgan Building, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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I have been a member of Cardiff School of Social Sciences since September 2011, specialising in sociology of education, sociology of religion and childhood and youth studies. My research interests include faith-based schooling, the role of religion in education more generally, and children's and young people's (non-)religious lives and identities. I have supervised a number of postgraduate research students and make substantial contributions to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the fields of education and sociology. I currently convene the 'religion, faith and society' research group and have undertaken a number of adminstrative roles in the school.

I have worked at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University as a lecturer (teaching and research) since September 2011, before which, I worked for two years as a research fellow at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research, Brunel University and a short time as an asociate lecturer for the Open University in London.

My background is in Sociology and Human Geography, having completed my interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Leeds from 2006-9. I am also a former primary school teacher.

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

Two-month ESRC overseas visit (£1628 awarded) to the College of Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, including networking and presenting at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and National University of Singapore, February-March 2009.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

Editorial Team Member of British Educational Research Journal (2016-17).

Associate Editorial Board Member of Sociology Journal (2013-16).

Member of the British Sociological Association.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

Lecturer in Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, (09/2011 – Present).

Associate Lecturer, Education Faculty, Open University, London (01/2011 – 10/2011).

Research Fellow, Centre for Child and Youth Research, Brunel University (10/2009 - 08/2011).

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

Hemming, P.J. (2016) 'Faith schools, social cohesion and religious difference: a rural perspective', BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group annual conference, Lancaster University, UK, July.

Hemming, P.J. (2016) 'Religion, schooling and children's rights: neogotiaing ethos values and prayer', Children and Young People in a Changing World Conference, Liverpool Hope University, June.

Hemming, P.J. (2015) 'Faith achools, community and rurality', Association of American Geographers annual conference, Chicago, Illinois, US, April.

Hemming, P.J. (2015) 'Faith-based schooling in rural communities', British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, April.

Hemming P.J. (2013) Key note contribution, Religion and Childhood: Theory Research and Pedagogy research workshop, University of Kent, July.

Hemming, P.J. (2013) 'Faith in education? The changing role of religion in English schools', A Question of Religion: Young People and Identity in Contemporary Multi-Faith Britain seminar, Brunel University, April.

Hemming, P.J. (2012) 'Geographies of faith in education', Geographies of Education conference, Loughborough University, September.

Hemming, P.J. (2012) 'Faith, citizenship and social cohesion in the English primary school: qualitative insights', British Educational Research Association annual conference, Manchester, UK, September.

Hemming, P.J. (2011) 'The place of religion in public and private life: school ethos and values as a lens on society', Department of Sociology & Communications Seminar Series, Brunel University, February.

Hemming, P.J. (2011) 'Making spiritual spaces: children and embodied practices in the everyday school environment, Department of Geography Seminar Series, Loughborough University, February 2011.

Madge, N. & Hemming, P.J. (2010) Youth on religion: the use of an online questionnaire to investigate the role of religion in young people's lives', Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion conference, AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, London, UK, March.

Hemming, P.J. & Madge, N. (2010) 'Children, youth and religion: mapping the terrain', Geographies of Religion conference, Newcastle University, UK, March.

Hemming, P.J. (2009) 'School spaces of belonging: educating children for religious citizenship', Geographies of Education conference, Loughborough University, UK, September.

Hemming, P.J. (2009) 'Religious citizenship in the primary school: spaces of national identity and Difference', Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers annual conference, Manchester, UK, August.

Hemming, P.J. (2009) 'Religion and community in the English primary school: spaces of social cohesion?' International Seminars at National University of Singapore, University of Otago and University of Waikato, New Zealand, January-March.

Hemming, P.J. (2008) 'Faith, culture and community cohesion in the spaces of the primary school', Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers annual conference, London, UK, August.

Hemming, P.J. (2008) 'Exploring religion and spirituality in children's everyday school spaces: some ethical and methodological considerations', Association of American Geographers annual conference, Boston, Massachusetts, US, April, and also BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group annual conference: religion & youth, Birmingham, UK, April.

Hemming, P.J. (2007) 'Geographies of health & exercise in the primary school: children, bodies & emotions, 1st International conference on geographies of children, youth & families, Reading, UK, September.















I have supervised the following research students:

  • Amber Fensham-Smith (2012- present, with Sally Power) - The role of online networks in home schooling
  • Matthew Abrahams (2015- present, with Bella Dicks) - Religion, gender and community in primary school friendships
  • Anne Reardon-James (2016- present, with Caroline Lloyd) - Work-based essential skills training
  • Elena Hailwood (2016- present, with Steven Stanley) - Mindfulness initiatives in schools
  • Tim Novis (2016- present, with Andrew Todd) - Chaplaincy and spiritual education 
  • Christopher Roberts (2016- present, with Kevin Smith) - Citizenship and identity in Welsh schooling

I have contributed teaching and/or convening to a range of modules in the fields of education, sociology, childhood and youth studies, and social research methods, including the following:

  • SI0005 - Education and Society
  • SI0030 - Social Research Methods
  • SI0131 - Undergraduate Dissertation
  • SI0141 - Children and Childhood
  • SI0220 - Equality and Diversity in Education
  • SI0234 - Sociology of Education
  • SI0237 - Sociology, Society and Social Change
  • SIT205 - Sociology of Childhood
  • SIT720 - Critical Perspectives in Social Science
  • SIT721 - Introduction to Research Design and Methods
  • SIT723 - Research with Children and Young People
  • SIT724 - Childhood, Youth and Policy
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision

‘Faith-Based Schooling in Rural Communities’, principal investigator, £2982 funded by RGS-IBG small grants scheme (2014-2015).

Research Fellow for ‘Youth On Religion’, large-scale research project funded by the AHRC/ESRC ‘Religion and Society’ programme, with Brunel University, Leeds Metropolitan University and Middlesex University (2009-2011).

Religion and Spirituality in the Spaces of the Primary School: Social and Political Explorations’, doctoral research project funded by ESRC 1+3 award at University of Leeds (2006-2009), supervised by Gill Valentine and Sarah Irwin.

‘Renegotiating the Institution: Children’s Geographies of Sport, Exercise and Active Play’ MA dissertation project funded by ESRC 1+3 award at University of Leeds (2005-2006).