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Dr Yana Manyukhina
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
  • Research Associate
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I come from an inter-disciplinary educational background, having obtained an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Baku State University, Azerbaijan, followed by an MA in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester, and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, funded by Leeds International Research Scholarship. Moved by a deep interest in the philosophical underpinnings of social science research, I have subsequently embarked on a formal study of philosophy and am currently pursuing a CertHE in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. Previously, I worked as Research Associate on several research projects at the University of Leicester and the University of Manchester, before moving to London where I am now a Research Associate at the newly established Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years). My research interests coalesce around investigations of questions of value and efforts to promote equity, justice, and fairness in educational contexts.

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Research Summary

My area of expertise cuts across the sociology of identity, the sociology of morality, the philosophy of critical realism, and qualitative methodologies. My work to date contributes to unlocking the potential of critical realism to advance understanding of the real causes of social processes and phenomena. My first book, due to be published in the Routledge Critical Realism Series in June 2018, is a critical realist account of ethical consumption seeking to illuminate the processes at work behind personal change within wider social contexts. I am now exploring the potential of critical realism to provide a new level of sensitivity in explaining educational processes and outcomes, alongside my main task to support the development and strengthening of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years).

Teaching Summary

I am Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, having previously taught on a range of sociology modules. Since 2016, I help to teach an informal course in critical realism to master’s and doctoral level students at the UCL IoE, giving lectures on the topics of structure, agency, identity formation, social ontology, and social change. 

JAN-2018 Research Associate in Early Years and Primary Pedagogy Department of Learning and Leadership UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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