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Dr Peter Hemming

Dr Peter Hemming

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 0911
1.22, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Cardiff University, specialising in the sociologically-informed study of education, religion, and childhood and youth.

My research interests include religion and education, schooling and citizenship, children's and young people's (non-) religious lives, and mindfulness and wellbeing. I am currently co-investigator on a large-scale Leverhulme Trust funded project on understanding mindfulness in modern life. I am also leading a research impact and engagement project on diversity of religion and belief in schools, which includes a free guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales. My book: Religion in the Primary School: Ethos, Diversity, Citizenship, was published by Routledge in 2015.

I make substantial contributions to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the fields of education, sociology and childhood and youth studies. I currently lead Education teaching group as well as the MSc Childhood and Youth programme and the MSc Social Science programme.

I have supervised a number of postgraduate research students and am more than happy to field enquiries about potential PhD supervision. Please click on the 'supervision' tab for more details.

I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences in August 2018 on the basis of excellence in research, having joined the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University as a Lecturer in September 2011.

Before taking up the post at Cardiff University, 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 Associate Lecturer for the Open University in London.

My academic background is in Sociology and Human Geography, having completed my interdisciplinary PhD and MA in Social Research at the University of Leeds (2009, 2005). I am also a former primary school teacher and hold a PGCE from the University of Brighton (2003).

Honours and awards

  • 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.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014-present)
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (2013-present)

Academic positions

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, (08/2018 – present)
  • Lecturer in Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (09/2011 – 07/2018)
  • 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)

Committees and reviewing

  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education (2017-present)
  • Editorial Team Member of British Educational Research Journal (2016-17)
  • Associate Editorial Board Member of Sociology Journal (2013-16)














My teaching contributions at Cardiff University are within the fields of education, sociology, and childhood and youth studies. I convene or teach on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the following areas (as well as supervise student dissertations):

  • Introduction to Education
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Education
  • Children and Childhood
  • Equality and Diversity in Education and Work
  • Research, Policy and Practice in Childhood and Youth Studies

I have undertaken the following teaching-related leadership and adminstrative roles at Cardiff University:

  • Education teaching group lead (2017-present)
  • MSc Childhood and Youth programme lead (2013-present)
  • MSc Social Science programme lead (2013-present)
  • Postgraduate taught admissions tutor (2014-16)

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from Cardiff University (2015) and am currently external examiner for the BA Sociology programme at York St. John's University.

My primary research interests are:

  • Religion and education (including faith schools)
  • Schooling, citizenship and social cohesion
  • Children's and young people's (non-) religious lives and identities
  • Mindfulness and wellbeing

I currently co-convene the Religion, Faith and Society research group at Cardiff University (2015-present) and previously co-convened the Childhood and Youth research group (2013-16).

Research Projects:

‘Beyond Personal Wellbeing: Mapping the Social Production of Mindfulness in the UK’, co-investigator, funded by a £214,376 research project grant from The Leverhulme Trust (2017-2020). For more information, click here.

‘Diversity of Religion and Belief in Primary Schools in England and Wales’, research impact and engagement project, funded by a £3000 Cardiff University Research Leave Fellowship and a £1600 Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) placement (2016-17). Download the free guidance and reource pack for primary schools in England and Wales here.

‘Faith-Based Schooling in Rural Communities’, principal investigator, funded by a £2982 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) small grant and a £1600 Cardiff University Research Opportunties Programme (CUROP) placement (2014-15).

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 (2009-11). The book from this project is available here.

‘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 (2006-09), supervised by Gill Valentine and Sarah Irwin. The book from this project is available here.

‘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 (2005-06), supervised by Sarah Irwin and Gill Valentine.

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Religion and education (including faith schools)
  • Children's and young people's (non-) religious lives and identities
  • Schooling, citizenship and wellbeing
  • Sociology of education, religion or childhood/youth more broadly

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with me in one of these areas, please feel free to get in touch (preferably with a CV and a one or two page proposal outlining your ideas).

Past projects

I am currently supervising the following doctoral research students at Cardiff University:

  • Chloe Reid - Employer engagement with schools and young people’s aspirations and post-16 transitions in Wales (part-funded by the Welsh Government) (2018-present, with Caroline Lloyd)
  • Christopher Roberts - Citizenship and identity in Welsh schooling (2016-present, with Kevin Smith)
  • Elena Hailwood - Mindfulness initiatives in schools (2016-present, with Steven Stanley)
  • Anne Reardon-James - Work-based essential skills training (2016-present, with Caroline Lloyd)
  • Matthew Abraham – Exploring children’s relationships in the primary school: gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion (2015-present, with Bella Dicks)

I have previously supervised the following doctoral students to successful completion:

  • Amber Fensham-Smith - The role of online networks in home schooling (2012-17, with Sally Power)