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Professor Sally Power

Professor Sally Power

WISERD Director, Director of WISERD Education

School of Social Sciences

Email
powers3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0) 29 2087 4738
Fax:
+44 (0)29 208 74175
Campuses
Room 1.01, WISERD, 46 Park Place
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Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I an Director of WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data), which is a collaborative venture between the  universities of Abersytwth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea. We work together to improve the quality and quantity of social science research in Wales and beyond. WISERD is also a key partner of Cardiff University's SPARK - the world's first social science research park.

Within WISERD, my main area of research expertise is in education and its significance for civil society, social mobility and inequality. I am co-director of the WISERDEducation Multi-Cohort Study which tracks young people's experiences as they progress through schools in Wales. 

Supervision

I welcome doctoral students interested in a wide range of areas within the sociology of education. These include:

  • Education policy, social mobility and intergenerational transmission
  • Citizenship and education
  • Education in Wales
  • Private education
  • Longitudinal research

Biography

Prior to joining the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, in 2004 as a Professorial Fellow, I was based at the UCL Intitute of Education, where I was Head of the School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies and Director of the Education Policy Research Unit. Before that, I worked at the Universities of Bristol, Warwick and the West of England.

Professional memberships

  • British Educational Research Assocation
  • British Sociological Association
  • Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies
  • Society for Educational Studies

Academic positions

  • Head of the School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Institute of Education, University of London (until 2004)
  • Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
  • Research Officer, School of Education, University of Warwick

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Teaching

Most of my work entails research, but I make contributions to the following courses:

  • Doctoral courses on professionalism and work, education policy and social contexts of education.
  • Masters courses in education policy and education research.

Over the years I have undertaken a wide range of research projects on various aspects of education and inequality. These include evaluations for a range of policy-makers (Welsh Government, Scottish Executive, UK Cabinet Office), voluntary sector associations (Shelter, Field Studies Council) and the UK Research Council (ESRC).

I am currently involved in two major ESRC programmes of research. As part of the WISERD Civil Society Centre, I am participating in two projects, one on children's rights and one on elites and patronage in civil society. I'm also a Co-Investigator on a collaborative ESRC award that explores school exclusions across the four jurisdications of the United Kingdom.