Andrew Morrison

Dr Andrew Morrison FHEA, B.A (Hons); M.P.A; P.G. Dip. FAHE; Ed.D

Senior Lecturer In Education


I taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Spain and then in Poland for a number of years. Following that, I taught in a Further and Higher Education (FHE) college in Birmingham between 1997 and 2009. In 2009 I was appointed as Lecturer in Education Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University where I taught across a range of undergraduate modules on the B.A (Hons) programmes, and I also supervised doctoral students. In 2014 I took up my present position as Senior Lecturer in Education Studies here at Sheffield Hallam University.

My teaching specialises in the sociology of post-compulsory education, although I also teach more broadly across modules related to education policy, philosophy of education and the history of education.


Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

College of Social Sciences and Arts

My research interests lie in the area of young people’s educational and occupational decision-making, and of how these processes are mediated through lived experiences of ‘race’, class and gender.


Morrison, A. (2021). The moral economies of marketised higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Morrison, A. (2020). Just deserts? Grade inflation and desert-based justice in English higher education. British Journal of Educational Studies.

Morrison, A. (2020). The Foundations of Distributive Justice: A Morphogenetic Analysis of Gomberg and Fraser. Sociology, 55 (2), 227-242.

Morrison, A. (2019). Contributive justice: Social class and graduate employment in the UK. Journal of education and work.

Morrison, A. (2018). Social justice in a market order: graduate employment and social mobility in the UK. Critical Studies in Education, 1-16.

Morrison, A. (2017). Bourdieu and higher education research: a bricolage approach. Higher Education Review, 49 (3), 53-75.

Morrison, A. (2017). The responsibilised consumer: neoliberalism and English higher education policy. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 17 (3), 197-204.

Morrison, A. (2017). A sociologist teaches history: some epistemological and pedagogical reflections. Educational Studies, 53 (3), 233-246.

Morrison, A. (2016). Diversity's promise for higher education: making it work (2nd edition) by Daryl G. Smith, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, ISBN: 9781421417349 (Book review). Higher Education Review, 49 (1).

Morrison, A. (2015). Education, privatisation and social justice: case studies from Africa, South Asia and South East Asia by Ian MacPherson, Susan Robertson and Geoffrey Walford (eds.), ISBN 978-1-873927-37-3, £28 (Book review). Higher Education Review, 48 (1).

Morrison, A. (2014). Hegemony through responsibilisation : getting working-class students into higher education in the United Kingdom. Power and Education, 6 (2), 118-129.

Morrison, A. (2014). ‘I think that’s bad' : lay normativity and perceived barriers to employment in primary teaching in the UK. Sociology, 49 (4), 643-659.

Book chapters

Morrison, A. (2018). Whose employability?: Fees, labour markets and the unequal rewards of undergraduate study. In Burke, C., & Christie, F. (Eds.) Graduate careers in context: research, policy and practice. (pp. 29-40). Abingdon: Routledge:

Morrison, A. (2015). Theorising inequality : two-dimensional participatory justice and higher education research. In Huisman, J., & Tight, M. (Eds.) Theory and method in higher education research. (pp. 257-276). Bingley: Emerald:


Bowers-Brown, T., Stahl, G., Lacey, S., & Morrison, A. (2017). Higher education, social class and social mobility: the degree generation (Book review). Taylor & Francis.

Theses / Dissertations

Holmes, S. (2017). A field analysis of a 14-19 educational partnership. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Maxwell, B., Morrison, A., & Garland, P.

Doran, C. (2016). An investigation of Youth Work in Irish Youth Services. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Garland, P., Coldwell, M., & Morrison, A.

Other activities

BERA, BSA, Higher Education Research Group (HERG) at SHU

ESRC Peer-review Rapporteur

Peer reviewer for: Journal of Further and Higher Education; Journal of Youth Studies; Journal of Vocational Education and Training; Educational Review; Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education; Sociology.

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