Deborah Youdell

Professor of Sociology of Education

University of Birmingham

Deborah Youdell is Professor of Sociology of Education in the School of Education.  

Her work is at the forefront of the developing field of biosocial education, which brings emerging knowledge in the new biological sciences together with sociological accounts of schooling and student subjectivities to generate new insights into learning and the learner. She recently completed a British Academy Fellowship to support this work and is now completing a book, Biosocial Education, co-authored with molecular biologist Martin R. Lindley, to be published in 2018 by Routledge. This latest line of research intersects with Deborah’s longstanding concern with the relationship between policy, practice and inequalities, and how inequalities are connected to subjectivities, everyday practices, pedagogy, institutional processes and policy. Deborah’s research has spanned issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, social class, ability and disability and has been underpinned by engagements with post-structural thinking about power, the subject, space, and the political.