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Anna Liddle

Doctor Anna Liddle BA (hons), MA, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Education


I am a sociologist of education and I lecture on the BA (Hons) Education Studies, BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling, and the BA (Hons) Education with Autism, Disability and SEN degrees. My particular research interests are in the field of peace, citizenship and political education.


My passion as a lecturer is to engage students in consideration about the big issues in education and develop their critical thinking skills. As a sociologist of education, I am keen to explore education's place in society, who benefits and who doesn't, and why. I am enthusiastic to consider how education can work for social justice.

My research also falls in this area. My PhD research was on how schools teach about peace and war. I have recently been a postdoctoral research fellow on a project called Speaking Citizens, which aimed to understand how young people communicate politically and about speech education in schools. I also worked on a project called the Deliberative Classroom, researching how students engage with complex and controversial topics related to living within a democracy.

Currently, I sit on the national council of the Association for Citizenship Teaching and am on the editorial board of their journal: Teaching Citizenship.


Sheffield Institute of Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts


BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling
BA (Hons) Education Studies
BA (Hons) Education with Autism, Disability and SEN

Collaborative course leader for external courses.

International Perspectives on Education
Learning to Learn
Research Project supervisor

Academic advisors for levels 4, 5 and 6. 


Currently, I continue to work with the Speaking Citizens project and also on a project about trainee citizenship teachers' knowledge with the Association for Citizenship Teaching.


Journal articles

Liddle, A. (2021). Classroom as heterotopia: English lessons as a space to problematise war. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42 (7), 951-967.

Jerome, L., Liddle, A., & Young, H. (2021). Talking Tolerance: Being Deliberative about Fundamental British Values. Prism: Casting New Light on Learning, Theory and Practice, 3 (2), 48-61.

Jerome, L., Liddle, A., & Young, H. (2021). Talking about rights without talking about rights: on the absence of knowledge in classroom discussions. Human Rights Education Review, 4 (1), 8-26.

Liddle, A. (2020). The rise of character education in Britain: heroes, dragons and the myths of character [Book review]. Educational Review, 72 (5), 667-669.


Liddle, A., Jerome, L., & Young, H. (2022). Deliberation as a Pedagogy of Discomfort. Presented at: Pedagogies of Discomfort- spaces for working with challenging conversations and topics, UWE Bristol

Liddle, A. (2022). “Your School Needs You to Wear a Poppy”: Exclusions and inclusions in school war remembrance.

Liddle, A., Jerome, L., & Young, H. (2021). Talking about rights without talking about rights?: On the absence (and presence) of knowledge in classroom discussions. Presented at: World Education Research Association HRE International Research Network Seminar Series

Liddle, A., Jerome, L., & Young, H. (2021). Teaching controversial issues: Talking about religious freedom and the imagined ‘other’. Presented at: BERA Conference 2021

Liddle, A., & Jerome, L. (2021). The Deliberative Classroom: Classroom Talk on Controversial Issues. Presented at: Exploring the Edge of Citizenship

Other activities

Editorial board member for Teaching Citizenship 

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