Senior Lecturer in Youth Work Studies - Social Work
- PhD ’Fit to Parent’: Psychology, Knowledge and Popular Debate (University of East London, 1999)
- PG Dip HE (University of Greenwich, 2006)
- PG Dip Cultural Studies (University of East London, 1994)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Leicester, 1990)
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 was a member of the Feminist Review Editorial Collective for 13 years, and is now a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Sex Education. She is affiliated to the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a scientific advisor to SIMREF (international feminist research methods seminary) since its inception in 2008.
Previously: Equality & Diversity Officer for the School of Sport & Education, member of the School of Sport & Education’s Research Committee, Teaching & Learning Committee, and a School Rep on the Library Users’ Group.
Programme leader for MA Youth & Community Studies
Director of Centre for Youth Work Studies
Module and programme teaching responsibilities
- Programme leader for MA Youth & Community Studies.
- Module leader for Young People and Social Identities (MA); Psychological Development (MA).
- Personal tutor for BA Social Work.
- Equalities and anti-discrimination
- Identities and subjectivities
Sociology of youth & childhood
- Tackling Cultures of Violence: Critical Gender Work with Young Men
- Homophobia and Biphobia in Football (completed 2012)
- Narrative Approaches to Children’s Art Education (completed 2012)
- Reflexive Methods for Teachers’ Personal Development
- Young People’s Music Consumption in Malta
- Emotionally Healthy Primary Schools (EdD)
- Holocaust Education (EdD) (completed 2011)
- Centre for Youth Work Studies; Brunel Centre for Sport, Health & Well-being; Brunel Gender & Sexuality Research Centre
Teaching / Supervision
Other responsibilitiesShort courses or bespoke training for professionals on drugs education, Sexualities education or LGBT equalities
- Sexualities and sex & relationship education
- Social justice and young people
- Anti-violence education (DV, homophobia and transphobia)
- Governmentality and performativity of school regimes
Pam Alldred’s research interests include sex education and cultures of sexuality and youth, as well as parenting and education policy. She is Principal Investigator on a large EU-funded project devising innovative anti-homophobia and relationship violence training for teachers and other professionals in 4 countries and was the UK partner on a previous EU project that mapped good practice in anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia at local authority level (www.ahead-bcn.org). 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 (www.discourseunit.com), scientific advisor to SIMREF: international feminist research methods seminary (http://pedagogia.fcep.urv.cat/simref/en) 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 interests and 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
- Centre for Child and Youth Research (CCYR)
- Centre for Youth Work Studies (CYWS)
- Brunel Centre for Sport Health and Wellbeing (BC•SHaW)
Research projects and grants
- EU funded (2013-15) GAP Work: Gender Violence Intervention Training for Youth Practitioners.
- EU funded (2009-11) Against Homophobia. European Local Administration Devices (AHEAD project) (with Barcelona City Council). See report at http://ahead-bcn.org/?lg=3
- Brunel University (2012) Widening Participation Among Students with Care Responsibilities (with F. Cullen).
Unfunded Anglo-Spanish comparison of discourses of maternity/paternity in LGBT parent fora (2012-) with G. Coll-Planas (U Vic, Spain).
ERASMUS exchange with URV in Tarragona, Spain.
Membership and affiliationBritish Education Research Association member and co-convenor of the Sexualities SIG (with F. Cullen).
Professional activities or recognition
External examiner: Open University - KE308 Youth: Perspectives & Practice
Sheffield University - DEdPsy
University of East London - Psychosocial Studies (2003-8)
University of Malta - Youth & Community Studies MA
Research Consultancy work for voluntary & sports organisations and local authorities: including for the FA, SportScotland, London Borough of Hillingdon, NIACE, a secondary school.
Other external activities
Membership and affiliation of professional bodies
- British Educational Research Association (and BERA Sexuality SIG)
- Affiliated to the Manchester Metropolitan University Discourse Unit
Professional activities/recognition (e.g. consultancy, external examiner duties)
- Invited presenter at the SIMREF international Feminist Research Methods Residential School 2011
- External examiner: Open University (Youth Studies), and University of Malta (Youth Work Studies)
- Contributor to the 2008 Governmental Review of sex education
- Co-chairing a symposium at the 2012 Gender, Work and Organisation international conference.
- Has presented at BERA, BSA, SPA and BPS national conferences, and internationally at EERA, ESA and ISA, and chaired a symposium at SRHE.
(2011) Alldred, P., “How Come I Fell Pregnant?”: Young Mothers‘ Narratives of Conception, International Journal of Adolescence and Youth 16 (2) : 139- 156
(2010) Barker, J., Alldred, P., Watts, M. and Dodman, H., Pupils or prisoners? Institutional geographies and internal exclusion in UK secondary schools, Area 42 (3) : 378- 386
(2008) Treacher, A., Pai, HH., Khalili, L. and Alldred, P., The gendered embroilments of war (Editorial), Feminist Review 88 1- 6
(2005) Alldred, P., 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) : 363- 365
(2005) Alldred, P., Book review on Unfit subjects: educational policy and the teen mother by Wanda S Pillow published by RoutledgeFalmer, Gender and Education 17 (3) : 343- 345
(2004) Duncan, S., Edwards, R., Reynolds, T. and Alldred, P., Mothers and child care: policies, values and theories, Children and Society 18 (4) : 254- 265
(2004) Alldred, P., Preface: Post-communism: women's lives in transition, Feminist Review 76 (1) : 1-
(2004) Alldred, P., 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) : 629- 634
(2003) Alldred, P., 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) : 173- 175
(2003) Treacher, A., Coombes, A., Alexander, C., Bland, L. and Alldred, P., Editorial: Exile and asylum: women seeking asylum, in 'Fortress Europe', Feminist Review 73 (1) : 1- 4
(2003) Duncan, S., Edwards, R., Reynolds, T. and Alldred, P., Motherhood, paid work and partnering: values and theories, Work, Employment and Society 17 (2) : 309- 330
(2003) Alldred, P., David, M. and Smith, P., Teachers’ Views of Teaching Sex Education: Pedagogies and Models of Delivery, Journal of Educational Enquiry 4 (1) : 80- 96 Download publication
(2002) Alldred, P., Thinking globally, acting locally: women activists' accounts, Feminist Review 70 (1) : 149- 163 Download publication
(2001) David, M., Edwards, R. and Alldred, P., Children and school-based research: 'informed consent' or 'educated consent'?, British Educational Research Journal 27 (3) : 347- 365
(2001) Alldred, P., Crowley, H. and Rupal, R., Women and mental health, Feminist Review 68 (1) : 1- 5
(2000) Edwards, R. and Alldred, P., 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) : 435- 455
(2000) Alldred, P. and Dennison, S., Dialogue: Eco-activism and feminism: Do eco-warriors and goddesses need it?, Feminist Review 64 (1) : 124- 127
(2000) Treacher, A., Coombes, AE., Crowley, H., Bland, L., Thomas, L., Storr, M., Alldred, P., Rupal, R. and Bertram, V., Editorial: Feminism 2000: One step beyond?, Feminist Review 64 (1) : 1- 2
(2000) Alldred, P., Bertram, V. and Brah, A., Editorial: Political currents, Feminist Review 66 (1) : 1- 3
(1999) Edwards, R. and Alldred, P., Children and young people's views of social research - the case of research on home-school relations, Childhood 6 (2) : 261- 281
(1998) Alldred, P., Making a mockery of family life? Lesbian mothers in the British media, Journal of Lesbian Studies 2B (4) Download publication
(1997) Alldred, P., 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) : 406- 410
(1992) Alldred, P., 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) : 483- 484
(2011) Alldred, P. and Barker, J., Documentary and Secondary Analysis. In: Bradford, S. and Cullen, F. eds. Research Methods for Youth Practitioners. UK : Routledge
(2010) Alldred, P. and David, M., 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 -
(2007) Alldred, P. and David, ME., 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 - Download publication
(2007) Alldred, P. and Miller, T., 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 - Download publication
(2005) Alldred, P. and Burman, E., 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 175- 198 Download publication
(2002) Alldred, P. and Gillies, V., 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 146- 165
(1999) Alldred, P., 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 - Download publication
(1998) Alldred, P., 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 - Download publication
(2007) Alldred, P. and Daid, ME., Get real about sex: the politics and practice of sex education. Open University Press