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

I come from an inter-disciplinary educational background, having obtained a BA in Politics and International Relations (Baku State University), followed by an MA in Mass Communications (University of Leicester), and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy (University of Leeds). Being deeply interested in the philosophy of science, I have recently obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London. I worked as Research Associate on several projects at the University of Leicester and the University of Manchester, before moving to London where I am now Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years). My research interests coalesce around investigations of questions of ethics and values and efforts to achieve equity, justice, and fairness in educational contexts. My commitment to promoting education and knowledge for all finds expression in my work with the Brilliant Club, a charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. 

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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, "Ethical Consumption: Practices and Identities. A Realist Approach", 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).

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I am Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with experience of teaching a range of sociology modules. Between 2016 and 2018, I assisted in delivering a course in critical realism to master’s and doctoral level students at the UCL Institute of Education, giving lectures on the topics of structure, agency, identity formation, and social change. At present, I supervise MA and PhD dissertations as well as co-teach a postgraduate distance learning course on Values, Vision and Moral Purpose in Educational Leadership. My teaching experience also includes teaching Philosophy at primary and secondary schools, as part of my work with the Brilliant Club. 

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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