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Dr Sumi Hollingworth

Visiting Fellow

Dr Sumi Hollingworth



Dr Sumi Hollingworth is senior researcher, writer and sociologist. She has a PhD in the sociology of education and specialises in qualitative research into education for social justice. Her research expertise lies in inequalites of class, race and gender in education and youth transitions.

She has fifteen years experience of funded research in education and social care in London, and she is a PhD supervisor. She has recently published in the Sociological Review on social mixing in urban schools, and has published widely in education journals, and for the Runnymede Trust. She has worked with Diane Reay on an ESRC funded project on the urban white middle classes and school choice, and has won funding from various organisations including Arts Council England (Arts Award); the Society for Education Studies, Arvon and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Becta.

She recently worked with colleagues at the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA), at St. Mary's University, to evaluate the First Star Academies programme for children in care.

She currently works freelance and blogs about society and culture at She also has a visiting position at the Migration Research Centre (MiReKoc) at Koç University, Istanbul.

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