Dr Nicola IngramSenior Lecturer in Education and Social Justice
I am broadly interested in social inequalities and education from secondary schooling to higher education and into the labour market in different national contexts, and my three recent books reflect various aspects of these interests.
Currently, I am co-investigator (Lancaster P.I.) along with Prof. Lynn McAlpine (Oxford) on an ERASMUS Plus funded project entitled Researcher Identity Development in the Social Sciences, collaborating with colleagues in Spain, Estonia and Finland. The project is considering the experiences of early career researchers across different countries with a view to developing toolkits to support career development.
I was recently co-investigator (Lancaster P.I.) on the Leverhulme Trust funded Paired Peers project with Prof. Harriet Bradley and colleagues, which builds upon my work at the University of Bristol. This research spans a seven year period from 2010 to 2017 and focussed on the experiences of working-class and middle-class young people as they make their way through undergraduate programs at two different universities in the same city, and into life beyond graduation.
My specific research interests are in classed and gendered identities and the impact of education on the maintenance and transformation of people's ways of being.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising PhDs which connect with any of the following areas: Gender inequalities in education, specifically identity issues in young people’s educational transitions; Higher Education and widening participation, conceptualised broadly to consider access, experience and transitions from university; Social-class; Social mobility; Bourdieu; Theorising masculinities; Labour market transitions; Young people’s identity construction (including class, gender, race, ethnicity, locality, nationality, migration, religion; Developing visual methodologies).
Educational Choices, Aspirations and Transitions in Europe: Systemic, Institutional and Subjective Challenges
Tarabini, A., Ingram, N. 8/06/2018 London : Routledge. 248 p. ISBN: 9781138104037.
‘Talent-spotting’ or ‘social magic’?: Inequality, cultural sorting and constructions of the ideal graduate in elite professions
Ingram, N.A., Allen, K. 28/05/2018 In: The Sociological Review.
Working-Class Boys and Educational Success: Teenage Identities, Masculinity and Urban Schooling
Ingram, N.A. 12/05/2018 London : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137401588. Electronic ISBN: 9781137401595.
When class trumps university status: narratives of Zoe and Francesca from the Paired Peers project
Ingram, N., Abrahams, J., Bathmaker, A. 2018 In: Widening participation in higher education. Trentham Books
Higher education and social inequalities: getting in, getting on and getting out
Waller, R., Ingram, N., Ward, M.R.M. 31/07/2017 London : Routledge. 224 p. ISBN: 9781138212886. Electronic ISBN: 9781315449722.
“I’m not just one type of person”: aspirational working-class Belfast boys and complex embodied performances of educationally successful masculinities
Ingram, N. 13/03/2017 In: Masculinity and aspiration in an era of neoliberal education. London : Routledge
Research and Policy in Education: Review symposium
Gartland, C., Ingram, N., Courtney, S. 2/03/2017 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 38, 3, 12 p.
Higher education, social class and social mobility: the degree generation
Bathmaker, A., Ingram, N.A., Abrahams, J., Hoare, T., Waller, R., Bradley, H. 17/06/2016 Palgrave Macmillan. 182 p. ISBN: 9781137534804. Electronic ISBN: 9781137534811.
Forced academisation by proxy: when schools have little choice but to convert
Ingram, N. 24/03/2016
Bourdieu: the next generation : the development of Bourdieu's intellectual heritage in contemporary UK sociology
Thatcher, J., Ingram, N., Burke, C., Abrahams, J. 2016 London : Routledge. 168 p. ISBN: 9781138910461.
I’m an early career feminist academic: get me out of here?’: encountering and resisting the neoliberal academy
The Res-Sisters 2016 In: Being an early career feminist academic. London : Palgrave Macmillan p. 267-284. 8 p.
Stepping outside of oneself: how a cleft-habitus can lead to greater reflexivity through occupying “the third space”
Ingram, N., Abrahams, J. 21/12/2015 In: Bourdieu. Routledge ISBN: 9781138910461.
The development of Bourdieu’s intellectual heritage in UK sociology
Burke, C., Thatcher, J., Ingram, N.A., Abrahams, J. 21/12/2015 In: Bourdieu. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138910461.
Higher education and the reproduction of social elites
Ingram, N., Waller, R. 6/05/2015 In: Discover Society. 20
Inequality in education: innovation in methods, with reflections by Dr Nicola Ingram and Professor Melanie Nind
Rowell, C.R., Dytham, S., Ingram, N., Nind, M. 2015 In: Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal. 2, 2, p. 224-233. 10 p.
Class matters in the interview setting?: positionality, situatedness and class
Mellor, J., Ingram, N., Abrahams, J., Beedell, P. 02/2014 In: British Educational Research Journal. 40, 1, p. 135-149. 15 p.
Degrees of masculinity: working and middle class undergraduate students' constructions of masculine identities
Ingram, N., Waller, R. 2014 In: Debating modern masculinities. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137394835 .
The chameleon habitus: exploring local students' negotiation of multiple fields
Abrahams, J., Ingram, N. 30/11/2013 In: Sociological Research Online. 18, 4
Higher education, social class and the mobilisation of capitals: knowing and playing the game
Bathmaker, A., Ingram, N., Waller, R. 12/09/2013 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 34, 5-06, p. 723-743. 21 p.
Well-founded social fictions: a defence of the concepts of institutional and familial habitus
Burke, C., Emmerich, N., Ingram, N. 2013 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 34, 2, p. 165-182. 18 p.
Banking on the future: choices, aspirations and economic hardship in working-class student experience
Bradley, H., Ingram, N. 2012 In: Class inequalities in austerity Britain. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137016379.
White middle class identities and urban schooling
Devine, D., Savage, M., Ingram, N. 2012 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 33, 2, 12 p.
Within school and beyond the gate: the difficulties of being educationally successful and working-class
Ingram, N. 04/2011 In: Sociology. 45, 2, p. 287-302. 16 p.
School culture and its impact on working-class boys
Ingram, N. 2010 In: Sociology Review. 20, p. 2-6. 5 p.
Working-class boys, educational success and the misrecognition of working-class culture
Ingram, N. 16/06/2009 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 30, 4, p. 421-434. 14 p.
The Comic Project
01/01/2017 → 31/08/2017
Accessing Elite Graduate Employment? Social exclusion in graduate recruitment and selection
05/10/2016 → …
“Thinking visually: making a space for reflection through participant generated artefacts”, invited paper delivered at BSA PG Forum’s workshop: Visual Innovation: a methods workshop, Staffordshire University
Understanding the Contemporary Higher Education Student
Participation in conference
“Feeling classed: working-class and middle-class young people’s subjectivities in education”, invited keynote for Abjoves International conference - School success, school failure and Early School Leaving: political, institutional and subjective factors, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, Barcelona.
'Employability and Graduate Destinations', invited paper delivered at Universities Association for Lifelong Learning seminar series for Widening Participation leaders, SRHE offices, London, 8th June 2015
Cruel Intentions: Why working-class kids can’t get working class jobs, paper presented at Fighting Inequality: Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association, Washington Georgetown, May 2015.
Participation in conference
Boundary drawing? Experimenting with art to understand identity’, invited plenary in ESRC interdisciplinary postgraduate conference – Inequality in Education: Innovation in Methods, University of Warwick, 12th November 2014
University Challenged: maintaining class based inequlaities in the ‘Degree Generation’, invited paper presented at Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University seminar series, 4th June 2014
British Educational Research Association Annual Doctoral Thesis Prize winner
Prize (including medals and awards)
Society for Educational Studies Book Prize 2017
Prize (including medals and awards)
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education