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Dr Jd Carpentieri
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

My education trajectory has been somewhat atypical. After a decade of working a broad range of manual labour jobs, I became a mature student, completing two Bachelors degrees in my late 20s. Both degrees were at the University of Georgia (USA). After immigrating to the UK, I worked at children's charities for several years before (in my late 30s) completing an MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the London School of Economics (LSE). I graduated with Distinction, receiving (much to my surprise) a Richard Titmuss Prize for academic excellence -- an event which encouraged me to pursue a career in academia. After nearly a decade of working as a Research Officer, Senior Research Officer and then Lecturer at IOE, I received a PhD (from IOE) in my late 40s. 

Research Summary

My research has focused on a range of areas, with particular emphasis on the life course. Within the field of Education, my primary focuses have been: 
  • the intergenerational impacts of educational inequality, and the analysis of programmes and policies aimed at addressing those impacts
  • learning across the life course, with particular emphasis on adult education.
In these areas I have led a number of multi-national European research projects. 

My current research interests centre on the UK birth cohort studies, with a particular focus on producing and analysing qualitative biographical interview material. In this domain I have focused particularly on ageing, adaptability and physical activity, but have also conducted work on employment trajectories and retirement expectations. 

I have a particular interest in the capacity of mixed methods research to address complex, policy-relevant research questions. 

Teaching Summary

I am currently a Lecturer in Education, teaching on BA and MA programmes and supervising students at BA, MA and PhD levels. I am a member of the BA Education Studies Senior Leadership Team, and serve as that programme's International Student and Study Abroad Coordinator. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Association. 

Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
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