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Professor Yvette Taylor


Personal statement

Yvette Taylor was previously (2011-2015) Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University 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 PhD students and was named mentor on an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship (2012-2013) and now mentors Marie Curie 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 religious youth in faith and community schools
Taylor Yvette, Cuthbert Karen
Educational Review, (2017)
Dangerous education : the occupational hazards of ‘transgender education’
Morgan Ellis, Taylor Yvette
Sociology, (2017)
Mediating 'aspirant' religious-sexual futures : in god’s hands?
Taylor Yvette
Sociological Research Online, (2016)
Making space at the (queer) academic table?
Taylor Yvette
Sexualities ResearchSexualities Research, (2016)
Negotiating queer and religious identities in higher education : queering "Progression" in the "University Experience"
Taylor Yvette, Falconer Emily
British Journal of Sociology of Education, (2016)
Making Space for Queer-Identifying Religious Youth
Taylor Yvette

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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
Accessing Higher Education: The experiences of ‘estranged students’ beyond entry point
Costa, Cristina (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2018
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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