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Rachel Handforth

Dr Rachel Handforth


I am an early career researcher based in the Centre for Research and Development within the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. I have a background in the sociology of higher education, and specific research interests include the career aspirations and experiences of women doctoral students. My research interests include higher education, gender inequalities and educational transitions.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of a number of academic networks including the Society for Research in Higher Education, British Sociological Association and the Gender and Education Association.


College of Social Sciences and Arts


Journal articles

Creaton, J., & Handforth, R. (2021). Guest editorial. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 12 (1), 1-6.

Coffey-Glover, L., & Handforth, R. (2019). Discourses of (hetero)sexism in popular music. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 8 (2), 139-165.

Handforth, R., Paterson, L.L., Coffey-Glover, L., & Mills, S. (2017). Reading between blurred lines: the complexity of interpretation. Discourse, Context & Media, 20, 103-115.

Handforth, R., & Taylor, C. (2016). Doing academic writing differently: a feminist bricolage. Gender and Education, 28 (5), 627-643.


Smith, D., Woodroofe, N., Little, L., Slay, O., Handforth, R., Beckingham, S., ... Ludwig, F. (2019). Research Informed Teaching a Post Graduate perspective. Sheffield Hallam University.

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