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). Yvette was nominated for the THES Outstanding Leadership and Management Team (2013),  as Diversity Role Model (2013), for a Strathclyde Medal (2017) and a HaSS Teaching Excellence Award (2020).  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Scottish Parliament Academic Fellow (2020-21). 

Yvette was Visiting Professor, Centre for Feminist Research, York University (2020), and at the Australian National University (2018). She 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 acts as named mentor on fellowships including ESRC postdocts, Marie Curie,  Leverhulme, and Fulbright Distinguished Teacher schemes. She is currently mentor to Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) funded postdoc on 'International Trans and Intersex Activist Relationships: Ethics, Ethnodrama and Representation'. 

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), and has co-authored Feminist Repetitions in Higher Education: Interrupting Career Categories (2020). 

Edited titles include Educational Diversity (2012); The Entrepreneurial University (2014); Mapping Intimacies (2013); Queering Religion, Religious Queers (2014); Feeling Academic in the NeoLiberal University (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 including the MEd Education Studies, the MSc Applied Gender Studies and delivers CLPL 'Feminist Classrooms' to practitioners.  She set up the 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:

Cared Experienced Students

Queer, Disability & Higher Education 

Queer Parenting & Schooling

Student Estrangement 

Social class and the 'Bottom Reading Group'

Gender Performance in Rural Secondary School

Immigrant and Refuge Students

Hijra Community in India

Queer Teachers

Negotiations of Sexual Consent

Trans Lives & Social Media









Introduction : Queer sharing in the marketized university
Taylor Yvette, Brim Matt, Mahn Churnjeet
Queer Sharing in the Marketised University (2022) (2022)
Introduction : situating imposter syndrome in higher education
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Addison Michelle
The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education (2022) (2022)
The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education
Addison Michelle, Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette
Podcast #33 : Meet some academics : Dr Harvey Humphrey and Prof Yvette Taylor
Ivancheva Mariya, Humphrey Rhi, Taylor Yvette
Queer Sharing in the Marketized University
Mahn Churnjeet, Brim Matt, Taylor Yvette
Imposter agony aunts : ambivalent feminist advice
Breeze Maddie, Taylor Yvette, Addison Michelle
The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education (2022) (2022)

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Professional activities

Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education
Spring Into Methods - Doing Feminist Research
Making or Taking Space? Queer Claims & Entitlements
Invited speaker
Strathclyde University Feminist Research Network (2016- )
British Sociological Association (BSA) Mentoring Sessions
E.M Eisen-Markowitz

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Ethnodrama and Accessibility: International LGBTIQ+ Research Sharing
Humphrey, Rhi Harvey (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator) Govender, Navan (Co-investigator)
HASS KE Small Grant Funding: £4860
17-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
International Trans and Intersex Activist Relationships: Ethics, Ethnodrama and Representation
Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator) Humphrey, Rhi Harvey (Fellow)
01-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2022
Queering Estrangement in the (post) Covid-19 Context: LGBTQ+ Students’ Estrangement in Higher Education
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Ecochard, Sidonie (Researcher) Costa, Cristina (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Queer Cares in Crisis: LGBT+ Carers in Higher Education
Breeze, Maddie (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator)
Research project exploring the experiences of LGBT+ academics with caring responsibilities during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
06-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2021
Exploring Justice Inequalities and rights for children in conflict with the law
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator) McDiarmid, Claire (Co-investigator) Donnelly, Michelle (Co-investigator) Mabon, Karyn (Post Grad Student)
Scoping exercise, literature review and workshops exploring the evidence base and evidence gaps around children with protected characteristics in conflict with the law, and their experiences of justice.
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Thinking With and Beyond ‘Period Poverty’
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator)
The project connects to recent Scottish Government policy announcements of ‘ending period poverty’, which also resonate internationally. It aligns with the School’s social justice agenda and teacher-training provision, (where sanitary products in Schools will be provided, with ensuing practice based implications re e.g. sex & relationship education). It is aligned to the Society & Policy University theme, and the Gender Sub-them, and the Strathclyde Feminist Research Network.
18-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021

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