Carol Taylor is Professor of Gender and Higher Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, and co-editor of the journal Gender and Education.
Her research utilizes feminist, neo-materialist, and posthumanist theories and frameworks to explore gendered inequalities, spatial practices, and students’ participation in a range of higher education sites. She has a keen interest in using interdisciplinary methodological innovation to further gendered social justice in education.
Carol is a higher education research specialist. Her current research interests include
•Space, place and materiality
•Student engagement policy, practice and ethics
•Feminist approaches to education
•Posthumanist research practices
•Creative, collaborative and participatory research practices
BA (Hons) English (Sociology subsidiary) (University of Leeds)
Diploma in Educational Management (Open University)
MA in Film Studies (University of Westminster)
MA in Popular Culture (Open University)
DPhil (University of Sussex)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
My doctoral thesis was a case study of students' learning, knowledge and gendered identity practices. I have worked in higher education since 1989 at a number of different universities. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 as Senior Lecturer and worked as Course Leader for the BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Sociology and, after that, the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) in Education Studies. I am currently a Reader in Higher Education in The Sheffield Institute of Education, a role which involves research leadership, staff mentoring and research writing development. I convene the Higher Education Research Group.
Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Development and Society
I teach an elective Experiencing Space Embodying Education on the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree.
I teach on research methodologies and methods on the professional doctoral in education.
I supervise PhD and EdD students.
April 2016–April 2017. The little tactics of the habitat: Developing posthumanist methodologies to research how new educational spaces are claimed and made liveable. (Principal Investigator). £10k.
April–December 2013. Evaluating the impact of number controls, choice and competition on the student profile and the student learning environment in the new higher education landscape (Principal investigator with Dr Colin McCaig) Higher Education Academy. British Academy/ Leverhulme. £22k.
2012–13. Borrowed Spaces: A Multisensory Exploration of Workplace Territories (with Dr Anne Kellock). Small Grants Project. £5k.
2012–13. Students Decision-Making Practices following University Recruitment Events (with Jean Harris-Evans)
TAYLOR, Carol (2017). Is a posthumanist bildung possible? Reclaiming the promise of bildung for contemporary higher education. Higher Education, 74 (3), 419-435.
TAYLOR, Carol (2017). Ethically important moments in the higher education space of appearance: Renewing educative praxis with Arendt. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49 (3), 231-241.
TAYLOR, Carol (2017). Rethinking the empirical in higher education: post-qualitative inquiry as a less comfortable social science. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 40 (3), 311-324.
TAYLOR, Carol and BOVILL, Catherine (2017). Towards an ecology of participation: Process philosophy and co-creation of higher education curricula. European Educational Research Journal. (In Press)
TAYLOR, Carol (2017). For Hermann: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Or, What my dog has taught me about a post-personal academic life. In: Producing pleasure within the contemporary university. Sense. (In Press)
MCCAIG, Colin and TAYLOR, Carol A (2017). The strange death of number controls in England : paradoxical adventures in higher education market making. Studies in Higher Education, 42 (9), 1641-1654.
TAYLOR, Carol and HARRIS-EVANS, Jean (2016). Reconceptualising transition to Higher Education with Deleuze and Guattari. Studies in Higher Education. (In Press)
TAYLOR, Carol and STEVENSON, Jacqueline (2016). Leadership of academic writing development in England: narratives of problems, pragmatism and possibility. In: SU, Frank and WOOF, Margaret, (eds.) Cosmopolitan perspectives on academic leadership in higher education. London, Bloomsbury. (Submitted)
TAYLOR, Carol (2016). Close encounters of a critical kind: a diffractive musing in/between new material feminism and object-oriented ontology. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 16 (2), 201-212.
TAYLOR, Carol (2016). Edu-crafting a cacophonous ecology: posthumanist research practices for education. In: TAYLOR, Carol and HUGHES, Christina, (eds.) Posthuman research practices in education. Palgrave Macmillan, 5-24. (In Press)
HANDFORTH, Rachel and TAYLOR, Carol (2016). Doing academic writing differently: a feminist bricolage. Gender and Education, 28 (5), 627-643.
BENNETT, Luke (2016). Thinking like a brick : posthumanism and building materials. In: TAYLOR, Carol and HUGHES, Christina, (eds.) Posthuman Research Practices in Education. Palgrave Macmillian, 58-74.
NAHMAD-WILLIAMS, Lindy and TAYLOR, Carol (2015). Experimenting with dialogic mentoring: a new model. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 4 (3), 184-199.
TAYLOR, Carol (2014). Telling transitions: space, materiality, and ethical practices in a collaborative writing workshop. Cultural Studies, 14 (4), 396-406.
TAYLOR, Carol and MCCAIG, Colin (2014). Evaluating the impact of number controls, choice and competition : an analysis of the student profile and the student learning environment in the new higher education landscape. Project Report. York, Higher Education Academy.
MCCAIG, Colin and TAYLOR, Carol (2014). Evaluating the impact of number controls, choice and competition : an analysis of the student profile and the student learning environment in the new higher education landscape. Discussion Paper. Colin McCaig. (Unpublished)
TAYLOR, Carol A. and ROBINSON, Carol (2014). ‘What matters in the end is to act well’: student engagement and ethics. In: BRYSON, Colin, (ed.) Understanding and developing student engagement. The Staff and Educational Development Series (SEDA series) . Abingdon, Routledge, 161-175.
MCCAIG, Colin and TAYLOR, Carol (2013). Evaluating the impact of student number controls, choice and competition on the changing HE landscape. In: Society for Research into Higher Education Annusl Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, 10-13th December 2013. (Unpublished)
TAYLOR, Carol (2012). Student engagement, practice architectures and phronesis in the student transitions and experiences project. Journal of applied research in higher education, 4 (2), 109-125.
TAYLOR, Carol, DOWNS, Yvonne, BAKER, Rob and CHIKWA, Gladson (2011). ‘I did it my way’: voice, visuality and identity in doctoral students' reflexive videonarratives on their doctoral research journeys. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 34 (2), 193-210.
TAYLOR, Carol (2011). More than meets the eye: the use of videonarratives to facilitate doctoral students’ reflexivity on their doctoral journeys. Studies in Higher Education, 36 (4), 441-458.
TAYLOR, Carol and DUNNE, M. (2011). Virtualization and new geographies of knowledge in higher education : possibilities for the transformation of knowledge, pedagogic relations and learner identities. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32 (4), 623-641.
ROBINSON, Carol and TAYLOR, Carol (2007). Theorizing student voice : values and perspectives. Improving Schools, 10 (1), 5-17.
Editor of Gender and Education 2016 - 2020.
Membership Officer and member of Executive for Gender and Education Association.
Link Convenor of Network 27 Didactics, learning and Teaching for European Conference on Educational Research/ European Educational Research Association.
Member of the RAISE network.
Carol is a sociologist of higher education. Her research areas include gender identities, feminism in practice and theory, higher education, and student engagement. Carol is Editor of Gender and Education, and a Membership Officer for the Gender and Education Association.
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