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Professor Kate Hoskins
Professor of Education


Kate is a Professor in Education with a focus on policy. Her research interests rest on the intersections between education and social policy, identity and inequalities in relation to early years, further and higher education. Her current funded Froebel Trust project with Professor Emma Wainwright, Dr Utsa Mukherjee and Dr Yuwei Xu examines how low income families engage with Froebelian principles. She has published extensively on inequalities in ECEC, with a focus on the role of policy in exacerbating these. Kate's most recent research on social mobility with Professor Bernard Barker examines the role of the family in intra and inter-generational social movement. They take a unique genealogical approach to researching social mobility, using a university chemistry department as a case study to explore participants’ motives for pursuing a STEM undergraduate degree and the influences that have shaped them. Kate has recently completed a British Academy funded research project with Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau and Dr Ellen McHugh to examine the precarious transitions undertaken by doctoral researchers negotiating the shift to an academic post. Kate is a Co-Editor of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ).


PhD (ESRC fully funded scholarship) King's College London

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

MA Education Policy & Society (distinction), King's College London

BA Education Studies (1st class), London Metropolitan University


2023: BERA Annual Conference – SIG Best Presentation for the Educational Research and Educational-Policy Making SIG.

2019: Shortlisted for the Lecturer of the Year College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Award. 


Director of Internationalisation, Department of Education 

Newest selected publications

Moreau, M-P., Hoskins, K. and McHugh, E. (2024) 'Intersectional solidarities and inter-individual affinities: enactments of equity and privilege through doctoral supervision relationships'. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 22. ISSN: 0962-0214 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wainwright, E., Hoskins, K., McHugh, E. and Bhuyan, M. (2024) 'Analysis of Unicorn Theatre’s School Partnership Programme Evaluation'.Open Access Link


Wainwright, E., Hoskins, K. and Tallentire, J. (2024) 'City Family of Schools: parents’ views of future educational priorities'. Place of publication: Brunel University London.Open Access Link


Hoskins, K., Wong, B., Mckenzie, A., Xu, Y., Cheng, M. and Read, B. (2024) 'Educational research in the global north and south; reflections on the field and future directions'. British Educational Research Journal, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 5. ISSN: 0141-1926 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wainwright, E. and Hoskins, K. (2023) 'Spatial-temporal enactments of home-schooling among low-income families of primary-aged children'. Educational Review, 0 (ahead of pront). pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 0013-1911 Open Access Link

Journal article
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