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Christina Hughes

Professor Christina Hughes PhD



Christina has been at Sheffield Hallam University since November 2016. She is responsible for cross-University portfolio development issues at Sheffield Hallam and has overall responsibility for the entire student journey, line managing three key areas in the delivery of this: Learning Enhancement and Academic Development; Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research; and Library and Student Support Services.

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Christina was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Warwick, where she also undertook her degree and PhD in Sociology. Maintaining Warwick’s standing as a place of teaching excellence was central to her responsibilities there.

She has taught and researched in the fields of sociology, social policy and lifelong learning.

Roles on external bodies:

  • Founding co-chair, the Gender and Education Association (Honorary Life Member)
  • Honorary Fellow and Founder, Warwick International Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships:

  • Principal Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
  • British Sociological Association

Christina's research has also been focussed on gender issues, whether this has been in terms of stepfamily life, educational experiences and progression or employment lives. Some of her most recent work has been with jewellery designer makers, where she became very interested in attributions of value in terms of the what and how of measurement.  She is currently leading a large HEFCE funded programme of research into Learning Gain (www.legacy.ac.uk).  This is designing and evaluating appropriate methodologies for measuring variances in knowledge, skills, work-readiness and personal development of students.

  • Publications

    Christina’s research has been published in a number of books and journals and she is on the Board of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology and Gender and Education.


    • (2016) Posthuman Research Practices in Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan (Edited with Carol Taylor)
    • (2013) Researching Gender, London Sage
    • (2011) Feminism Counts: Quantitative Methods and Researching Gender, Oxford, Routledge (Christina Hughes and Rachel Cohen)
    • (2010) How to Research: Fourth Edition, Open University Press (Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes and Malcolm Tight)

    Journal editorship of special issues 

    • (2015) Feminist Research Methods, International Journal of Social Research Methodology Virtual Special Issue, http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/tsrm-vsi-feminist-methods
    • (2010) Feminism Counts: Quantitative Methods and Gender Research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(3) (with Rachel Cohen)

    Refereed journal articles

    • (2013) Re-turning Feminist Methodologies: From a Social to an Ecological Epistemology, Gender and Education, 26(6): 786-799 (with Celia Lury)
    • (2013) I Draw the Line at Stringing Pearls: The Craftswoman’s Imperative and Hopeful Economies, Journal of Cultural Economy, 6(2); 153-167)
    • (2013) The metaphors we study by : the doctorate as a journey and/or as work. Higher Education Research & Development, Volume 32 (Number 5). pp. 765-775. ISSN 0729-4360 (with Malcolm Tight)
    • (2012) Gender, craft labour and the creative sector. International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol.18 (No.4). pp. 439-454. ISSN 1028-6632
    • (2011) The methodological impact of feminism: A troubling issue for Sociology? Sociology 45 (4), 570-586 (with Rachel Cohen and Richard Lampard)
    • (2011) Salivary identities: the matter of affect. Subjectivity, Vol.4 (No.4). pp. 413-433. ISSN 1755-6341
    • (2011) Pleasure, Change and Values in Doctoral Pedagogy, Studies in Higher Education, 36(3)
    • (2010) Feminists Really Do Count: The Complexity of Feminist Methodologies, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(3): 189-196 (with Rachel Cohen)
    • (2007) Rethinking Research, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 28(6): 823-831
    • (2007) The Equality of Social Envies, Sociology, 41(2)
    • (2007) The Pleasures of Learning at Work: Phenomenology and Foucault Compared, British Journal of Sociology of Education

    Chapters in books

    • (2012) The Myth of the Learning Society Revisited, in T Kerry (Ed) International Perspectives on Higher Education: Challenging Values and Practice, London, Continuum
    • (2012) Introduction In Clouder, L, Broughan, C, Jewell, S and Steventon, G (Eds) Improving Student Engagement and Development through Assessment: Theory and Practice in Higher Education, Cambridge, CSP
    • (2009) Plaisir, Jouissance and Other Forms of Pleasure: Exploring the Intellectual Development of the Student In Virginia King, Frances Deepwell, Lynn Clouder and Christine Broughan (Eds) Academic Futures: Inquiries into Higher Education and Pedagogy , Cambridge, CSP (with Maud Perrier and Anne-Marie Kramer)
    • (2008) Deconstructing Dissemination: Dissemination as Qualitative Research, in P Atkinson and S Delamont (Eds) (2008)Representing Ethnography, London, Sage (with Viv Barnes, Lynn Clouder, Judy Purkis, Jackie Pritchard) (Reprint of article published in Qualitative Research)
    • (2007) Revisiting Feminist Appropriations of Social Capital, in T Lovell (Ed) (Mis)Recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice, London, Routledge (Christina Hughes and Loraine Blaxter)
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