Professor Rosalyn George

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Position Professor Emeritus
Department Educational Studies
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Professor Rosalyn George

Rosalyn George is a Professor of Education and Equality. She is a tutor on the MA: Culture, Language and Identity and leads the module on Masculinities and Femininities. Rosalyn is also the Director of the Research Centre for Identities and Social Justice. 


Before entering Higher Education, Rosalyn taught in both primary and middle schools in London and was an LEA Advisory Teacher for Equal Opportunities.

She supervises MPhil/PhD students covering a range of research fields. Please contact Rosalyn for PhD vacancies.

Professional projects

Rosalyn's research interests coalesce around issues of social justice and equity in the contexts of schools and Higher Education and focus on three areas.

Firstly, she is particularly interested in exploring urban girls’ friendship networks and schooling. The diversity of ethnicities found in large urban communities and how the girls manage and negotiate their friendships across ethnic divisions. This has been a central plank of her research. She focuses on the constitution of the friendship groups with questions of ‘leadership’ and ‘popularity’,’ race’ and ethnicity and ‘bullying’ being explored and their resonance for the ‘exclusionary’ and ‘inclusionary’ practices which characterise many friendship groups examined. How parents and carers are involved in their girls’ schooling is an extension of this work.

A second research focus is concerned with schooling experience of the children of newly arrived Romanian and Bulgarian families. This research explores how ‘xeno racist’ attitudes develop in school students and the extent to which school policies and practices with respect to racism support inclusion and social justice for all.

Rosalyn also critiques and publishes in the area of UK Government Education policy with a particular focus on routes into Teaching Education/Training.

Publications and research outputs


George, Rosalyn P.. 2007. Girls in a Goldfish Bowl: Moral Regulation, Ritual and the Use of Power amongst Inner City Girls. Sense Publishers. ISBN 9087901852

George, Rosalyn P. and Gaine, Chris. 1999. Gender, 'Race', and Class in Schooling: A new Introduction. Falmer Press. ISBN 0750707577

Edited Book

Paechter, Carrie F.; George, Rosalyn P. and McRobbie, Angela, eds. 2016. Pedagogical Responses to the Changing Position of Girls and Young Women. London: Routledge. ISBN 978_1_138-65492_1

Book Section

Maguire, Meg and George, Rosalyn P.. 2017. Reforming Teacher Education in England: Locating the Policy Problem. In: Tom Are Trippestad; Anya Swennen and Tobias Werler, eds. The Struggle for Teacher Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 57-74. ISBN 9781474285551

Hey, Valerie and George, Rosalyn P.. 2016. Dissident daughters? The psychic life of class inheritance. In: Carrie F. Paechter; Rosalyn P. George and Angela McRobbie, eds. Pedagogical Responses to the Changing Position of Girls and Young Women. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9781138654921

George, Rosalyn P. and Clay, John. 2013. Equality and Diversity. In: Viv Ellis, ed. Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools. Learning Matters; Fifth Edition edition, pp. 169-182. ISBN 978-1446267516

George, Rosalyn P.. 2012. Looking out for Little Miss Popular. In: Roger Hancock; Janet Collins and Mary Stacey, eds. Primary Teaching Assistants: Learners and learning. Oxford, UK: Guilford Press. ISBN 9780415504300

George, Rosalyn P.. 2010. Inner City Girls: Choosing schools and negotiating friendship. In: Carolyn Jackson; Carrie F. Paechter and Emma Renold, eds. Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas. New York, NY: Open University Press, pp. 91-103. ISBN 9780335235629

George, Rosalyn P. and Clay, John. 2008. Equality and Inclusion. In: Viv Ellis, ed. Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools. Learning Matters, pp. 131-144.

George, Rosalyn P. and Wadsworth, S. J.. 2007. Negotiating the School Climate. In: Kate Myers; Hazel Taylor; Sue Adler and Diana Leonard, eds. Genderwatch. Trentham Publications. ISBN 978-1858564012


George, Rosalyn P. and Maguire, Meg. 2021. Academics ‘Staying on’ Post Retirement Age in English Universities Departments of Education: Opportunities, Threats and Employment Policies. British Journal of Educational Studies, 69(4), pp. 453-470. ISSN 0007-1005

George, Rosalyn P. and Maguire, Meg. 2019. Choice and Diversity in English Initial Teacher Education (ITE): Trainees' Perspectives. European Journal of Teacher Education, 42(1), pp. 19-35. ISSN 0261-9768

George, Rosalyn P. and Clay, John. 2016. Second modernity, (in)equality, and social (in)justice. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 38(1), pp. 29-41. ISSN 1071-4413

George, Rosalyn P. and Clay, John. 2013. Challenging Pedagogy: Emotional Disruptions, Young Girls, Parents and Schools. Sociological Research Online, 18(2), pp. 214-222. ISSN 1360-7804

George, Rosalyn P. and Hey, Valerie. 2013. Dissident Daughters? The Psychic Life of Class Inheritance. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 21(1), pp. 95-110. ISSN 1468-1366

Mendick, Heather and George, Rosalyn P.. 2010. Language, Power and Reality TV: the dynamics of race, class and gender in the UK Big Brother Jade-Shilpa row. Online Educational Research Journal,

George, Rosalyn P. and Wadsworth, John. 2009. Choosing the right approach: New Labour and the care and education of young children. Forum for Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, 51(3), pp. 309-317. ISSN 0963-8253

George, Rosalyn P. and Clay, John. 2008. Reforming Teachers and Uncompromising 'Standards': implications for social justice in schools. FORUM, 50(1), pp. 103-112. ISSN 0963-8253

George, Rosalyn P.. 2007. Urban girls' `race' friendship and school choice: changing schools, changing friendships. Race Ethnicity and Education, 10(2), pp. 115-129. ISSN 13613324

George, Rosalyn P.; Moore, A.; Edwards, G. and Halpin, D.. 2002. Compliance, Resistance and Pragmatism:the (re)construction of school teacher identities in a period of intensive educational reform. British Educational Research Journal, 28(4), pp. 551-565. ISSN 01411926

George, Rosalyn P.. 2002. The Developing Role of the Headteacher in English Schools. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 30(2), pp. 175-188. ISSN 17411432

Conference or Workshop Item

Greenan, Althea; George, Rosalyn P.; Joncus, Berta; Richmond, Vivienne and Wolf, Nicole. 2014. 'Feminism@Goldsmiths'. In: Feminism@Goldsmiths. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.