Dr Alpesh Maisuria

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  • Qualifications:Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Position:Associate Professor of Education Policy in Critical Education
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 81210
  • Email:Alpesh.Maisuria@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Alpesh Maisuria is Associate Professor of Education Policy in Critical Education, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Through underlabouring Marxism with Critical Realist philosophy of science, which is largely terra incognita, his work examines the ideological and political drivers of policy decisions to critique the role and function of education in (re)producing forms of inequality. Having completed PhD fieldwork in Sweden, taught about the Cuban model of education, and spoken at events across the world for many years, he has a comparative/international education interest. In these areas of Critical Education, he has an extensive publications record, and has been decorated for his efficacious teaching. Alpesh is the Joint Deputy Editor of Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) and is an organiser of the International Conferences on Critical Education (ICCE). He is the co-convenor Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues (MERD), which is a long-standing seminar series (see the Facebook group). In 2022 Brill published the Encyclopedia of Marxism and Education that Alpesh edited. The weighty book features 40 chapters written by authors from across the world, it is the first of its kind. 

Alpesh is also a Parliamentary Fellow.

Area of expertise

Sociology of education,

Education policy,

Critical education,

Marxist theory, 

Critical realism,

Social class.


Particular areas of concern include: The National Education Service, student fees, student choice, marketisation of HE, academic working conditions, private schools, Academies/free schools, testing, league tables, de-professionalisation of educators, Socialism, Cuba, Sweden, social democracy, alternatives to capitalism.

Alpesh welcomes doctoral applicants and media enquiries in any of these areas. 

Current PGR students: 

Aga Kowalska (PhD Director) Policy, Practice and Power: A Bourdieusian Analysis of Head Teacher's Perspectives in the Exclusion of Children with Autism from Secondary Schools

Craig Lennox (EdD Director) To what extent are neoliberal policies in Higher Education in England impacting on academic identities?

Emmy Lathom (PhD Supervisor) A mixed methods study exploring the perceptions of Alternative Learning Provision school staff about workplace-based stress reduction interventions. 

Daniel Scullane (PhD Supervisor) Further Education Successful Governance (tbc)

Justin Vafadari (PhD Director) A Case Study to Explore the Pedagogical Principles of Decolonisation by School Leaders in Bristol

Anish Noble-Harrison (EdD Director) Voices at the Margins: An examination of English Public Libraries capability in supporting 'vulnerable' children and their families' to read for pleasure

Rachael Pryor (EdD Supervisor) Perspectives from children in care on primary to secondary transition, a case study

Anna Birchfiel (PhD Director) Crisis in Education: The Case for a National Education Service 

External Doctoral candidates

Robert Michael Parry (PhD Supervisor 2023-), Workers Education in England, University of Malta (with Prof Peter Mayo)

John Rice (PhD Advisor 2022-) Melting into air: educational implications of the viral, entropic nature of capital accumulation, University of South Australia (with Dr Grant Banfield)


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