Professor Yvette Taylor


Personal statement

Yvette Taylor acted as School of Education Research Director (2017-2019), and is now Deputy Head of School (Research). She was previously Professor in Social & Policy Studies and Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University (2011-2015) and Senior Lecturer (Sociology) at Newcastle University (2005-2011). She was peer nominated for the THES Outstanding Leadership and Management Team (2013),  as Diversity Role Model (2013), and peer nominated for a Strathclyde Medal (2017).  

Yvette was Visiting Professor, Australian National University (2018) and has received several international fellowships including the Lillian Robinson Fellowship, Concordia University (2009) and a Fulbright Scholarship, Rutgers University (2010-2011). She has obtained a wide variety of funding, including an EU Norface (£1.4m) 3 year project 'Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ Citizens in Four European Counties'. Other projects include ESRC funded  ‘From the Coal Face to the Car Park? Gender and Class in the North East of England’ (2007-2009), ‘Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth’ (2011-2013) and British Academy mid-career fellowship ‘Critical Terrain: Dividing Lines and Lives’ (2013-2014). 

Yvette mentors a variety of early career researchers, and was named mentor on an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship (2012-2013), a Marie Curie Fellowship (2015-2017) and now mentors Leverhulme Fellow, Dr. C. Laura Lovin. Yvette has published four sole-authored books based on funded research: Working-class Lesbian Life (2007); Lesbian and Gay Parenting (2009); Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012) and Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth (2015).

Edited titles include Educational Diversity (2012); The Entrepreneurial University (2014); Mapping Intimacies (2013); Queering Religion, Religious Queers (2014); Feeling Academic in the NeoLiberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures (2018).  Yvette edits the Palgrave Gender and Education Series and co-edits the Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities Series and is on the Editorial Boards of Gender and Education, Social and Cultural Geography, Sexualities (Sociology 2011-2016). She is External Examiner (Sociology), University of Surrey (2016- ). 

Yvette teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Education and in Humanities and Social Science, including the BA in Primary Education, and the MSc Applied Gender Studies. She supervises across areas of gender, sexuality, class, educational inequality, religion - and currently supervises the following PhDs, including ESRC and Research Excellence funded:

Getting Real: Contemporary Struggles for Transgender Legitimacy

Theybys: Gender Nonconforming Parenting

Student Estrangement in Higher Education 

Social class and the 'Bottom Reading Group' in Primary Education 

Gender Performance in Rural Secondary School

Understandings of Immigrant Students in Italian Education: Practices, Policies & Pedagogies

Hijra Community in India

Gender in the field of Construction

The role of distributed leadership style on leading change in Saudi Primary Boys' Schools 











Time and Space in the Neoliberal University : Futures and Fractures in Higher Education
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Costa Cristina
Estranged Students in Higher and Further Education
Taylor Yvette, Costa Cristina
Futures and fractures in feminist and queer higher education : introduction
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Journal of Applied Social theory Vol 1 (2018)
Getting on? Doing sexuality then and now
Taylor Yvette
Sexualities (2018)
Queer youth, Facebook and faith : Facebook methodologies and online identities
Taylor Yvette, Falconer Emily, Snowdon Ria
Social Media Studies (2018) (2018)
Feminist collaborations in higher education : stretched across career stages
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Gender and Education (2018)

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Professional activities

Focus on Family Estrangement Conference
Member of programme committee
Feminist Writing Retreat 2019
From Section 28 to LGBTQI+ Inclusion? Legacies, tensions and trajectories in Education
Spring Into Methods - Feminism in Action
Member of programme committee
CSO/MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (External organisation)
Strathclyde Feminist Research Network
Member of programme committee

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Exploring issues of social equity and learner identities in the phenomenon of the `bottom reading goup"
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Theriault, Virginie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ People in Five European Countries
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Lawrence, Matson (Researcher)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Exploring ‘Estrangement’ in Higher Education: Standing Alone or Settling In?
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Costa, Cristina (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 28-Jan-2019
Accessing Higher Education: The experiences of ‘estranged students’ beyond entry point
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
Gendering Autism: Identity and Practice
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
The Race, Class and Gender of Transnational Urban Labour: Romanian Workers in the Cities of London and NYC (MigrWorkers)
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017

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