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Dr Avril Keating
UCL-Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor: Comparative Social Science (Education and Social Outcomes)
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am an Associate Professor of Comparative Social Science at UCL Institute of Education, where I work in the Department of Education, Practice and Society. I am also the Director of the Centre for Global Youth, which I established in 2017.

I joined the IOE in 2013 as an ESRC Future Research Fellow and associate member of the LLAKES Research Centre. Prior to this, I was an Anglo-German Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2010-2012) and a Senior Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research (2008-2010). While at NFER, I played a leading role in the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS), a large-scale, mixed-method evaluation of the new curriculum programme. I continued to play a leading role in CELS until the study's completion in 2017.

I received my PhD in 2007 from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

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Research Summary

I am a sociologist of youth who uses mixed methods and interdisciplinary approaches to further our understanding of contemporary youth attitudes, identities, and life chances.

My current research focuses on:

  • the relationship between place, resources, and aspirations for young people growing up in coastal towns.
  • youth attitudes and identities after Brexit.
  • youth mobility aspirations.

In past projects I have examined topics such as:

  • the impact of citizenship education on youth political engagement and civic values
  • the relationship between European citizenship and national citizenship education policies
  • youth cosmopolitan practices and their contradictions
  • young people's attitudes towards immigration

Teaching Summary

I am the Module Leader for two modules on the BA Education Studies: Youth in a Globalising World (Autumn term) and Youth Cultures and Youth Movements: historical and sociological perspectives (Spring term). 

I am currently supervising three PhD students on topics such as: global citizenship education practice in South Korea; global citizenship education in the UAE; and leadership and international mindedness in international schools.

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students that are interested in conducting research on  the sociology of youth, and in particular, on youth aspirations, youth mobility or youth policy.

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