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Dr. Jean Harris-Evans BA (Hons), MSc, EdD, Dip HE (JNC), SFHEA

Principal Lecturer


I specialise in youth and community work and have a leadership role within the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIOE) focused on business development and external engagement with partner Colleges. I am currently also seconded part time to the SIOE's Research Centre. I have experience of leading academic development, recruitment/ admissions and marketing within SIOE.


My academic career is based on previous roles as a youth work practitioner, manager and adviser. This experience includes:

  • Policy adviser, Youth Work Unit, Department for Education and Skills.
  • Management team member - Connexions South Yorkshire.
  • Various practitioner and management roles, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and City of Westminster Management and leadership in youth work contexts Quality assurance in youth work contexts Risk, young people and the outdoors Professional formation of youth workers.

I am currently involved in research on the effectiveness of adventure learning, a project on school careers work and equity, and another project looking at the effectiveness of Family Hubs. Previous research includes transitions for University students, support into work for Care Leavers and an evaluation of Streetlaw teaching. I am an experienced external examiner and a director for the XP trust, schools based on expeditionary learning.

Management and leadership in youth work contexts

Quality assurance in youth work contexts

Risk, young people and the outdoors

Professional formation of youth workers


Sheffield Institute of Education

Social Sciences and Arts

I have taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in youth work and the academic study of education / childhood at Hallam since 2006

Subject Area

Education studies.


BA (Hons) Education studies, BA (Hons) Education with psychology and counselling, FdA and BA top up Education Learning Support


Leadership and Quality Improvement, Placement: Reflecting on Personal and Professional Development, Research Project.


Current Projects

1) Adventure learning - looking at the effectiveness of outdoor/ adventure learning.
2) Equity mapping - examining the range and scope of careers opportunities and equity for a school trust.
3) Family Hubs - evaluating the effectiveness of the Family Hubs centres.

Relevant Projects

Mentoring project/ virtual placement.


Journal articles

Furey, R., & Harris-Evans, J. (2021). Work and resilience: Care leavers' experiences of navigating towards employment and independence. Child and Family Social Work, 26 (3), 404-414.

Taylor, C.A., Gannon, S., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannam-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). Grim tales: Meetings, matterings and moments of silencing and frustration in everyday academic life. International Journal of Educational Research, 99, 101513.

Gannon, S., Taylor, C., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannan-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). ‘Working on a rocky shore’: Micro-moments of positive affect in academic work. Emotion, space and society.

Taylor, C., & Harris-Evans, J. (2018). Reconceptualising transition to Higher Education with Deleuze and Guattari. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (7), 1254-1267.

Book chapters

Taylor, C., Harris-Evans, J., Garner, I., Fitzgerald, D., & Madriaga, M. (2018). Measurement imperatives and their impact: Academic staff narratives on riding the metric tide. In Equality and differentiation in marketised higher education: A new level playing field?. (pp. 171-194). Palgrave Macmillan:

Theses / Dissertations

Harris-Evans, J.M. (2017). Love letters to services past: risk and outdoor education in youth work. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Boylan, M.

Other activities

My current work outside the University is as an external examiner at Carlow Institute, Ireland and the University of Gloucester. I am a Director for XP, a free school trust based in Doncaster.

Postgraduate supervision

EdD and PhD students - transitions in Higher Education.

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