Pam Alldred



Pam Alldred’s research and teaching interests are in gender and sexuality, identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to children and young people. Her formation, research and employment has spanned sociology, psychology, education and women’s studies. She has researched sex education and teenage pregnancy, lone mothers and lesbian mothers, professional perspectives on sex education and children’s views of policy, and has also published on qualitative (discursive) research methods. She is currently on the Sex Education and Gender and Education editorial boards and was a member of the Feminist Review Editorial Collective 1997-2011.


  • PhD ’Fit to Parent’: Psychology, Knowledge and Popular Debate (University of East London)
  • PG Dip. HE (University of Greenwich)
  • PG Dip. Cultural Studies (University of East London)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Leicester)


Administration Responsibilities:

Programme Leader for MA Youth and Community Studies, and Acting Programme Leader for MA Youth and Community Work


External Activities:

  • 2012 Editing a Special Issue of the journal Sex Education on Obstacles to Good Sex Ed
  • 2012 Co-editing a Special Issue of Sociological Research Online on Modern Girlhoods
  • 2012-13 Convening a seminar series: Youth Hedonism: Sex, Drugs and Alcohol
  • PhD examiner for UK, international and ‘European’ PhDs

Teaching Interests:

  • Research methods teaching for BA, MA and EdD
  • Equalities and anti-discrimination
  • Identities and subjectivities
  • Sociology of youth and childhood

Research area(s)

  • Sexualities and sex & relationship education
  • Social justice interventions with young people
  • Anti-violence education (to tackle relationship abuse, peer on peer abuse, homophobia and transphobia)
  • Governmentality and performativity of school regimes

Membership and affiliation

  • British Educational Research Association (and BERA Sexuality and Social Justice SIGs)
  • SIMREF international Feminist Research Methods Residential Seminary
  • Sex Education Forum
  • European Sociological Association’s Sexuality Research Network

Professional Activities or Recognition:

  • Consultancy work with local government on sexualities equalities, sex and relationship education and with schools, voluntary & sports organisations.
  • External examiner: Open University (Youth Studies), University of Sussex (Youth and Childhood Professional Studies) and University of Malta (Youth Work Studies)
  • Contributor to the 2008 Governmental Review of sex education


Research interests

Pam Alldred’s research interests include sex and relationship education and cultures of sexuality and youth, as well as parenting and education policy. She is Principal Investigator on a large EU co-funded project devising innovative anti-homophobia and relationship violence training for teachers and 'youth practitioners' in 4 countries ( and was UK partner on a previous EU co-project that mapped good practice in anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia at local authority level ( She recently edited a special issue of Sex Education on the politics of sex education internationally, and conducted research on the gendered identities of students with care responsibilities (with F. Cullen). Her book Get Real About Sex: The Politics & Practice of Sex Education (co-authored by M E David) was published by Open University Press in 2007. 

Her previous research has focussed on childhood, inter-professional work, and parenting, and she has published extensively on research methods. She has been involved in several book collectives and was a member of the Feminist Review Editorial Collective for 13 years, a Trustee of the Feminist Review Trust for 3 years, involved with the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (, scientific advisor to SIMREF: international feminist research methods seminary ( and in 2012 joined the editorial board for Sex Education. She is a member of the Steering Group for Brunel's Gender and Sexuality Research Centre.

Research publications in the areas of:

  • education policy - particularly regarding Sex & Relationship Education, the education of young mothers, school exclusion
  • marginalised parents - the views of teenage mothers; and lesbian, gay and bisexual parents
  • children and young people's views - on sex education; employment; home-school links; and on participating in research
  • research methodology & ethics - especially in relation to research with children & young people
  • feminist social theory, political activism, social justice

Research project(s) and grant(s)

  • EU co-funded project (PI) Gap Work Project: Tackling Gender Related Violence
  • EU Against Homophobia. European Local Administration Devices (AHEAD project) (with Barcelona City Council). See report at
  • ERASMUS exchange with URV in Tarragona, Spain.



Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Module and programme teaching responsibilities
  • Module leader for the academic  modules on the MA Youth and Community Studies
  • Tutor for BA and MA distance learning and part DL modules
  • Dissertation supervisor for MA YCW and YCS and Social Work
  • Tutor for BA1 Social Work
  • Occasional lectures for Health Promotion, and Social Work MAs and Social Work BA
  • Co-convenor of the CYWS PhD Networks Meetings

Other Teaching Responsibilities:

Short courses or bespoke training for professionals on drugs education, Sexualities education or LGBT equalities

Research supervision


  • Positive Sexual Health and Wellbeing: Supporting teachers with egalitarian sex education
  • Reflexive Methods for Teachers’ Personal Development
  • Youth, Empire and Class: Edwardian Reactions to Child Death in the Leysdown Tragedy


  • Tackling Cultures of Violence: Critical Gender Work with Young Men
  • Homophobia and Biphobia in Football
  • Narrative Approaches to Children’s Art Education
  • Young People’s Music Consumption in Malta
  • Youth Workers, Vocation and Practitioner Training
  • Holocaust Education (EdD)
  • Performativity applied to Lecturing (EdD)
  • Further Education for People with Severe Learning Difficulties (EdD)

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Alldred, P.  and Fox, NJ.   (Accepted)   'Mixed methods, materialism and the micropolitics of the research-assemblage'. International Journal of Social Research MethodologyDownload publication 

Fox, NJ.  and Alldred, P.   (2016)   'Sociology, environment and health: a materialist approach'. Public Health. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.09.015 Download publication 

Fox, NJ.  and Alldred, P.   (2015)   'New materialist social inquiry: designs, methods and the research-assemblage'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 18 (4).  pp. 399 - 414. doi: 10.1080/13645579.2014.921458 Download publication 

Alldred, P.  and Biglia, B.   (2015)   'Gender-Related Violence and Young People: An Overview of Italian, Irish, Spanish, UK and EU Legislation'. Children & Society, 29 (6).  pp. 662 - 675. doi: 10.1111/chso.12141 Download publication 

Alldred, P.  and Fox, N.   (2015)   'The sexuality-assemblages of young men: a new materialist analysis'. Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society, Online First doi: 10.1177/1363460715579132 Download publication 

Alldred, P.   (2015)   'Inside the Research-Assemblage: New Materialism and the Micropolitics of Social Inquiry'. Sociological Research OnlineDownload publication 

Van Bavel, M.  and Alldred, P.   (2014)   'Book review: 'Sexuality in Europe: A twentieth-century history' By Dagmar Herzog. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.'. Journal of European Studies, 44 (3).  pp. 8 - 9. doi: 10.1177/0047244114541374 Download publication 

Fox, NJ.  and Alldred, P.   (2013)   'The sexuality-assemblage: Desire, affect, anti-humanism'. Sociological Review, 61 (4).  pp. 769 - 789. doi: 10.1111/1467-954X.12075 

Alldred, P.   (2011)   '“How come I fell pregnant?”: Young mothers' narratives of conception'. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 16 (2).  pp. 139 - 156. doi: 10.1080/02673843.2011.9748052 Download publication 

Barker, J. , Alldred, P. , Watts, DM.  and Dodman, H.   (2010)   'Pupils or prisoners? Institutional geographies and internal exclusion in UK secondary schools'. Area, 42 (3).  pp. 378 - 386. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2009.00932.x Download publication 

Treacher, A. , Pai, HH. , Khalili, L.  and Alldred, P.   (2008)   'The gendered embroilments of war (Editorial)'. Feminist Review, 88 pp. 1 - 6. doi: 10.1057/ 

Alldred, P.   (2005)   'Book review on Unfit subjects: educational policy and the teen mother by Wanda S Pillow published by RoutledgeFalmer'. Gender and Education, 17 (3).  pp. 343 - 345. doi: 10.1080/09540250500171755 

Alldred, P.   (2005)   'Book review on Talk about sex: The battles over sex education in the United States by Janice M Irvine published by University of California Press'. Sociological Review, 53 (2).  pp. 363 - 365. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2005.00518_3.x 

Duncan, S. , Edwards, R. , Reynolds, T.  and Alldred, P.   (2004)   'Mothers and child care: policies, values and theories'. Children and Society, 18 (4).  pp. 254 - 265. doi: 10.1002/chi.800 

Alldred, P.   (2004)   'Preface: Post-communism: women's lives in transition'. Feminist Review, 76 (1).  pp. 1. doi: 10.1057/ 

Alldred, P.   (2004)   'Review symposium: Pregnant bodies, fertile minds: gender, race, and the schooling of pregnant teens by W Luttrell published by Routledge'. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 25 (5).  pp. 629 - 634. doi: 10.1080/0142569042000277182 

Alldred, P. , David, M.  and Smith, P.   (2003)   'Teachers’ views of teaching sex education: Pedagogies and models of delivery'. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 4 (1).  pp. 80 - 96. Download publication 

Duncan, S. , Edwards, R. , Reynolds, T.  and Alldred, P.   (2003)   'Motherhood, paid work and partnering: values and theories'. Work, Employment and Society, 17 (2).  pp. 309 - 330. doi: 10.1177/0950017003017002005 

Treacher, A. , Coombes, A. , Alexander, C. , Bland, L.  and Alldred, P.   (2003)   'Editorial: Exile and asylum: women seeking asylum, in 'Fortress Europe''. Feminist Review, 73 (1).  pp. 1 - 4. doi: 10.1057/ 

Alldred, P.   (2003)   'Book review on Supporting refugee children in 21st century Britain: a compendium of essential information by Jill Rutter published by Trentham Books'. Feminist Review, 73 (1).  pp. 173 - 175. doi: 10.1057/ 

Alldred, P.   (2002)   'Thinking globally, acting locally: women activists' accounts'. Feminist Review, 70 (1).  pp. 149 - 163. doi: 10.1057/palgrave/fr/9400017 Download publication 

David, M. , Edwards, R.  and Alldred, P.   (2001)   'Children and school-based research: 'informed consent' or 'educated consent'?'. British Educational Research Journal, 27 (3).  pp. 347 - 365. 

Alldred, P. , Crowley, H.  and Rupal, R.   (2001)   'Women and mental health'. Feminist Review, 68 (1).  pp. 1 - 5. doi: 10.1080/01417780110074784 

Treacher, A. , Coombes, AE. , Crowley, H. , Bland, L. , et al.   (2000)   'Editorial: Feminism 2000: One step beyond?'. Feminist Review, 64 (1).  pp. 1 - 2. doi: 10.1080/014177800338918 

Alldred, P. , Bertram, V.  and Brah, A.   (2000)   'Editorial: Political currents'. Feminist Review, 66 (1).  pp. 1 - 3. doi: 10.1080/014177800440202 

Alldred, P.  and Dennison, S.   (2000)   'Dialogue: Eco-activism and feminism: Do eco-warriors and goddesses need it?'. Feminist Review, 64 (1).  pp. 124 - 127. doi: 10.1080/014177800339007 

Edwards, R.  and Alldred, P.   (2000)   'A typology of parental involvement in education centring on children and young people: negotiating familialisation, institutionalisation and individualisation'. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 21 (3).  pp. 435 - 455. 

Edwards, R.  and Alldred, P.   (1999)   'Children and young people's views of social research - the case of research on home-school relations'. Childhood, 6 (2).  pp. 261 - 281. doi: 10.1177/0907568299006002007 

Alldred, P.   (1998)   'Making a mockery of family life? Lesbian mothers in the British media'. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 2B (4).  Download publication 

Alldred, P.   (1997)   'Book review on Unwomanly conduct: the challenges of intentional childlessness by Carolyn M Morell, published in New York by Routledge'. Feminism and Psychology, 7 (3).  pp. 406 - 410. doi: 10.1177/0959353597073021 

Alldred, P.   (1992)   'Book review on The mirror within - a new look at sexuality by Anne Dickson, published in London by Quartet Books'. Feminism and Psychology, 2 (3).  pp. 483 - 484. doi: 10.1177/0959353592023032 


Fox, NJ.  and Alldred, P.   (2016) Sociology and the New Materialism Theory, Research, Action.  SAGE 

Alldred, P.  and Daid, ME.   (2007) Get real about sex: the politics and practice of sex education. Maidenhead:  Open University Press 

Book chapters

Alldred, P.  and Fox, NJ.  (2016)   'Materialism, micropolitics and the sexuality-assemblages of young men', in King, A. , Santos, AC.  and Crowhurst, I. (eds.) Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies and Practical Applications..  London Routledge 

Alldred, P.  and Fox, N.  (2015)   'From ‘lesbian and gay psychology’ to a critical psychology of sexualities', in The Handbook of Critical Psychology.  Routledge 

Alldred, P.  and Barker, J.  (2011)   'Documentary and Secondary Analysis', in Bradford, S.  and Cullen, F. (eds.) Research Methods for Youth Practitioners.  UK Routledge 

Alldred, P.  and David, M.  (2010)   'What's important at the end of the day? Young mothers' values and policy presumptions', in Duncan, S. , Edwards, R.  and Alexander, C. (eds.) Teenage Parenthood: What's the Problem?.  London Tufnell Press pp. . 

Alldred, P.  and David, ME.  (2007)   'Conclusions: Getting real about sex - Embedding an embodied sex education in schools', in Alldred, P.  and David, ME. (eds.) Get real about sex.  Open Univ Press pp. . Download publication 

Alldred, P.  and Miller, T.  (2007)   'Measuring what’s valued or valuing what’s measured? Knowledge production and the Research Assessment Exercise', in Gillies, V.  and Lucey, H. (eds.) Power, knowledge and the academy.  Palgrave MacMillan pp. . Download publication 

Alldred, P.  and Burman, E.  (2005)   'Analysing children's accounts using discourse analysis', in Greene, S.  and Hogan, D. (eds.) Researching children's experience: approaches and methods.  London, UK Sage Publications Ltd pp. 175 - 198. Download publication 

Alldred, P.  and Gillies, V.  (2002)   'Eliciting research accounts: re/producing modern subjects?', in Mauthner, M. , Birch, M. , Jessop, J.  and Miller, T. (eds.) Ethics in qualitative research.  London, UK SAGE Publications Ltd pp. 146 - 165. 

Alldred, P.  (1999)   'Not making a virtue of a necessity: Nancy Fraser on 'PostSocialist' politics', in Lent, A.  and Jordan, T. (eds.) Storming the millennium: the new politics of change.  Lawrence And Wishart Ltd pp. . Download publication 

Alldred, P.  (1998)   'Ethnography and discourse analysis: dilemmas in representing the voices of children', in Edwards, R.  and Ribbens, J. (eds.) Feminist dilemmas in qualitative research.  Sage Publications Ltd pp. . Download publication 


Alldred, P. , David, M. , Biglia, B. , Jiménez, E. , et al.   (2014)  GAP WORK project report: training for youth practitioners on tackling gender-related violence.  Place of publication: Brunel University London Press Download publication 

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