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Professor Yvette Taylor


Personal statement

Yvette Taylor 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) and as Diversity Role Model (2013). She is the School of Education Research Director, and was peer nominated for a Strathclyde Medal (2017).  

Yvette received 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). 

She has mentored 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: the subject of difference and different subjects (2012); The Entrepreneurial University. Public Engagements, Intersecting Impacts (2014); Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects (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- ). 

Supervises across areas of class, educational inequality, gender, religion, sexuality and currently supervises the following PhDs, including ESRC funded:

Getting Real: Contemporary Struggles for Transgender Legitimacy

Student Estrangement in Higher Education 

Reader Response: Opening the door to a more equitable educational experience?

Gender Performance in Rural Secondary School

The Minority Ethnic Students’ Integration Process. A study of the Glasgow experience in the 21st century

Chinese Social Injustice in Education: Impacts of School District House (Education-led gentrification) on Educational Equality

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

Educational Leadership





Queer youth, Facebook and faith : Facebook methodologies and online identities
Taylor Yvette, Falconer Emily, Snowdon Ria
Social Media StudiesSocial Media Studies, (2018)
Feminist collaborations in higher education : stretched across career stages
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Gender and Education, (2018)
Queer liveability : inclusive church-scenes
Cuthbert Karen, Taylor Yvette
Sexualities, (2018)
'Introduction': Feeling academic in the neoliberal university : feminist flights, fights, and failures
Taylor Yvette, Lahad Kinneret
Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal UniversityPalgrave Studies in Gender and Education, (2018)
Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University : Feminist Fights, Flights and Failures
Taylor Yvette, Lahad Kinneret
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education, (2018)
Queer religious youth in faith and community schools
Taylor Yvette, Cuthbert Karen
Educational Review, (2018)

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Professional activities

Feminist and Women Studies Association Conference 2017
Member of programme committee

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Gendering Autism: Identity and Practice
Robinson, Anna (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2017 - 30-Apr-2018
Exploring ‘Estrangement’ in Higher Education: Standing Alone or Settling In?
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 28-Feb-2019
Accessing Higher Education: The experiences of ‘estranged students’ beyond entry point
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2018
Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ People in Five European Countries
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Lawrence, Matson (Researcher)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 31-May-2021
The Race, Class and Gender of Transnational Urban Labour: Romanian Workers in the Cities of London and NYC (MigrWorkers)
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Aug-2017

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