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Prof Carol Vincent
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126915
  • Professor of the Sociology of Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

As a sociologist, my particular research interests include the relationship between parents and educational institutions, and how these relationships are mediated by social class and ethnicity. Other interests include parenting, especially mothering, the operation of markets in education, and education policy.

Professional Activities

  • I am an Executive Editor of British Journal of Sociology of Education, and a Lead Editor on the Journal of Education Policy.

Recent Conferences/presentations include

  • Living in the city: school friendships, diversity and the middle classes, Presentation at European Conference  for Educational Research, Budapest, September 2015
  • Parenting, social class and ethnicity, invited speaker at conference ‘Being a parent today’, Hannover, Germany June 2014.
  • Extending understanding of ‘concerted cultivation’, British Sociological Association, Leed University, April 2014.
  • School Choice, Social Class and Ethnicity, Invited Speaker at conference, ‘School Choice and Differentiation: A Comparative Perspective’, St Petersburg, Russia, April 2014
  • Children’s and Adults’ Friendships Across Social Class and Ethnicity, American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, April 2014
  • Parents and Teachers: An Inclusive Perspective, Invited Speaker, University of Vic, Spain, December 2013
Research Summary

In Oct 2016, I will be starting a research project funded by Leverhulme on 'Cohering the community? School policy and practices around community cohesion'. This will explore how schools are responding to the dual demands of promoting community cohesion and ‘British values’.

I am currently writing about and presenting findings from a recent ESRC funded project, on which I was Principal Investigator. The project is called  'Children's  and Adults' Friendships Across Social Class and Ethnic Difference' (funded period ran from Feb 2013-June 2015). This explores how children and adults living in diverse localities make, maintain and/or avoid friendships with those different to themselves. The research team consists of Sarah Neal (University of Surrey) and Humera Iqbal (UCL IOE) and myself.

Before that, I was  Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded project on 'The educational strategies of the Black Middle Classes' (2009-2011). The research team consisted of Nicola Rollock, David Gillborn (both at the University of Birmingham) Stephen Ball, and myself.

I have also conducted funded research on choice of childcare and social class, the training of childcare workers,  and parents' relationships with schools, and how these are shaped by social class and ethnicity.

Teaching Summary

I am the module co-ordinator for the MA module Understanding Education Policy and the Programme Leader for the MA Policy Studies in Education

Research Students:

  • Currently, I am supervising research students working on various aspects of home-school relationships,  access to and choice of school, supplementary schools, education policy texts and discourses, fathering identities and identities of second generation British Ghanaians.
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