Catherine Atkinson

Catherine Atkinson


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I am a Lecturer at MIE with a background in Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Social Research. I teach primarily on the MA Education Leadership, and am Associate Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Environment, Education and Development

My research broadly explores the workings of heteronormativity in UK education, and both the possibilities and limits of contemporary gender and sexualities ‘equalities’ initiatives. In particular, my doctoral research drew on findings from a comparative ethnography of two UK primary schools to explore the impact of the 2006-9 No Outsiders project, and highlighted the profound significance of institutional silence to children’s understandings of non-heterosexualities. I am also actively engaged in current methodological debates around issues of agency, participation, and power in childhood research.

I completed my doctorate at the University of York in the Centre for Women’s Studies. During this time I also worked as a staff trainer on the EU-wide USVReact project, supporting university staff in responding to student disclosures of sexual violence.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of York


Master of Arts, MA Women's Studies (Social Research), University of York


Bachelor of Arts, University of Edinburgh


Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • L Education (General)


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