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Prof Jessica Ringrose
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of the Sociology of Gender and Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am head of the Sociology Section in Department of Education, Practice and Society, and co-direct the UCL Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity centre-for-sociology-of-education-and-equity (with Professor Louise Archer and Professor Carol Vincent). My role involves research and teaching about social justice and education with a specific focus on gender and sexual equity, inclusion and rights. I co-lead the MA module Gender, Sexuality and Education with Dr. Rhiannon Firth. 

I also co-run (with Dr. Adrienne Evans) an AHRC funded research network called ‘Postdigital Intimacies’ which works to reconceptualise the entanglement of online and offline and public and private experiences in the age of social media, and I co-phounded (with Prof. Jayne Osgood and Prof. EJ Renold) another global network Phematerialism.org which brings together scholars, artists and practitioners interested in feminism, posthumanism and new materialism in education.

Current funded research

AHRC "Combatting gendered, sexual risks and harms online during Covid-19: Developing resources for young people, parents and schools"; AHRC “Digital Defence & Activism Lessons: Equipping young people to navigate contemporary digital cultures in and around school” (with Dr. Kaitlynn Mendes, Dr. Tanya Horeck and School of Sexuality Education); University College London–University of Toronto Joint Projects: "Responding to COVID-19 ‘Developing Online Sexual Harassment and Abuse Guidelines and Workshops for Under-18s during the COVID-19 Pandemic in London, Ireland and Canada"(with Prof Faye Mishna and Dr. Debbie Ging); New Zealand Marsden funded "Is #Metoo part of a wider cultural shift?" (with Dr Sue Jackson).


My impact profile includes public engagement as consultant and expert advisor for Association of School and College Leaders, The Department for Education,The UK Government Equality Office; The Mayor of London; Stonewall; The British Council, Womankind Worldwide, The UK Youth Select Committee into Body Image; The NSPCC, The Office of Children's Commissioner (England), The Sexualisation of Young People Review (Home Office) and more. My expertise and/or research findings are regularly drawn upon in major media outlets (print, radio, TV, online) including BBC News, The New York Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard. 


I am author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters, editor of 5 special issues of journals and editor/author of 6 books including: 

Post-Feminist Education?: Girls and the sexual politics of schooling (Routledge, 2013) 

Deleuze and Research Methodologies (EUP, 2013 Edited with Rebecca Coleman)

Children, Sexuality, and Sexualisation (Palgrave, 2015, edited with Emma Renold and Danielle Egan). 

Feminist Posthumanisms, New Materialisms and Education (Routledge, 2018 edited with Katie Warfield and Shiva Zarabadi).

Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight back against Rape Culture (Oxford University Press, 2019, authored with Kaitlynn Mendes and Jessalynn Keller).

Research Summary

Gender and Sexual Equity in Education
Youth gender and sexuality
Youth Activism
Youth and Social Media
Feminism in Education 
Feminist Qualitative Research Methodologies
Affect theory and Method
Youth and Social Media
Image based sexual harassment and abuse
Relationships and Sexuality Education
Sexualisation of young people

Teaching Summary

I teach in the areas of social justice, gender, sexuality and feminist qualitative research and making a social impact with your research. 

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