Professor Yvette Taylor


Personal statement

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

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 LGBTQI+ 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 Fellows and a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher. 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 set up the inaugral Strathclyde Feminist Research Network Seminar Series in 2016, and has co-organized this with colleagues ever since. 

Yvette 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

Queer Teachers

Teenage Understanding and Negotiations of Sexual Consent











Feminist Repetitions in Higher Education : Interrupting Career Categories
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Gender and Education Gender and Education (2020)
Student estrangement in higher education : identity formation and the struggle against stigma
Costa Cristina, Taylor Yvette, Goodfellow Claire, Ecochard Sidonie
British Journal of Sociology of Education (2020)
All imposters in the university? Striking (out) claims on academic twitter
Taylor Yvette, Breeze Maddie
Women's Studies International Forum (2020)
Estranged Students : (Widening) Participation Postcards
Singh Samia, Taylor Yvette, Costa Cristina
Uplifting Gender and Sexuality Education Research
Jones Tiffany, Coll Leanne, van Leent Lisa, Taylor Yvette
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education (2019)
Carving out pathways : dear doctor gender and sexuality researcher
Jones Tiffany, Connell Raewyn, Mitchell Anne, Minichiello Victor, D’Cruz Carolyn, Robinson Kerry, Taylor Yvette
Uplifting Gender and Sexuality Education Research (2019) (2019)

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Professional activities

Spring Into Methods - Feminism in Action
Building Queer/Class Lives: A Community Workshop
E.M Eisen-Markowitz
The UK LGBT Action Plan. A look behind the celebratory rhetoric: Podcast
Intersectional Lifecourse Inequalities Among LGBTQI+ People: Podcast
‘From ‘Dangerous Education’ to the LGBT Action Plan: LGBTQI+ Lives in Social and Educational Landscapes’
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Poor Queers
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Brim, Matt (Visiting Academic)
Global Engagement Funded visit with Dr. Matt Brim, CUNY
25-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
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

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