Dr Alpesh Maisuria

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About me

Alpesh Maisuria is Professor of Education Policy in Critical Education, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Using the resources of critical education underlaboured with Critical Realist philosophy of science, his work examines the ideological and political drivers of policy decisions to critique the function of education in (re)producing forms of inequality. Having completed PhD fieldwork in Sweden, taught about the Cuban model of education, and been an invited speaker 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 he is the recipient of several teaching and research commendations. 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). In 2022 Brill published the Encyclopedia of Marxism and Education that Alpesh edited. The volume features 40 chapters written by authors from across the world, it is the first of its kind. His co-edited book - Working with Critical Realism (2023) with Grant Banfield was nominated for the Cheryl Frank Memorial prize.

Alpesh is also a Parliamentary Fellow in the House of Commons, where he is a specialist in schools' policy. In this role he provides research and information to MPs, parliamentary staff, and the Education Select Committee to effectively scrutinise the Executive. See the House of Commons Library for his Parliamentary briefng papers.

Area of expertise

Education policy,

Sociology of education,

Critical education,

Marxist theory, 

Critical realism,

Social class.


Particular areas of concern include: Public education, student fees, marketisation, academic working conditions, private schools, Academies/free schools, testing, league tables, de-professionalisation of educators, alternative education policies and systems 

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 

Stephen Beresford (PhD Director) Grammar Schools and Social Mobility in England 

Joe Brown (EdD Supervisor) School Readiness in ECEC Settings in England

External Doctoral candidates

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


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