Dr Julia Hope

Julia’s research interests are in children’s literature, refugee education and children’s literature about refugees.

Staff details

Dr Julia Hope




Educational Studies


j.hope (@gold.ac.uk)

Julia Hope joined the department in 2003, after 17 years teaching in inner London schools, and two years teaching in Zimbabwe. With experience mainly in the Primary Sector, she has taught across the age ranges from Foundation stage up to Secondary, as a class teacher, English teacher, EAL teacher, and Refugee Support teacher. Immediately prior to teaching at Goldsmiths, Julia was a freelance Education Consultant, with particular expertise in Family Learning, running courses for refugee parents, and conducting training for Lewisham Education Authority.

Academic qualifications

BA in English Literature at Sussex University, 1981
PGCE at Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College, 1987
MA in Education, Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, 2005
PhD in Education, Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, 2015


Julia Hope is Head of Programme for the MA in Children’s Literature, in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths College.  She teaches on modules for the Issues and Debates pathway of the MA in Children’s Literature, including Theory and Reading Practice, Researching Children’s Literature, and Children’s Literature and Cultural Diversity, as well as supervising dissertations on the course.  Julia also lectures on the PGCE Primary programme, where she was previously the Academic Coordinator.  She now teaches on the Studies in Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE) module and runs her own specialism in Children’s Literature for Primary teaching students.  She runs a module on the BA in Education, Culture and Society called “Children’s Literature and Controversy”.   

Area of Supervision

Currently supervising a PhD on Arab Muslim Refugee Women’s Experiences of ESOL Courses in the UK.

Professional projects

2007 – Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Goldsmiths College
2015 – Research and Enterprise Committee Award, Goldsmiths College

External Examining
2004 – 6: London Metropolitan University, University Certificate in Educational Partnership
2009 - 2015: Roehampton University, Primary PGCE, School Centred Initial Teacher Training, East London Site (SCITTELS)
2015 ongoing: University of Glasgow, School of Education, MEduc, Year 2

Publications and research outputs


Hope, Julia. 2017. Children's Literature About Refugees: A Catalyst in the Classroom. London: UCL Institute of Education Press. ISBN 9781858566962

Book Section

Hope, Julia. 2023. Applying RefugeeCrit to Recent Middle Grade/Young Adult Children's Literature About Refugees. In: Evyn Le Espiritu Gandhi and Vinh Nguyen, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Refugee Narratives. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 190-201. ISBN 9780367674762

Hope, Julia. 2008. “Ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances” - Tracking Initial Teacher Training students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in the area of refugee education. In: Sally Inman and Maggie Rogers, eds. Teachers for a Better World. London: CCCI, pp. 40-59.


Hope, Julia. 2021. In Conversation with Beverley Naidoo: On Crossing Boundaries through Reading and Writing. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 59(2), pp. 67-78. ISSN 0006-7377

Hope, Julia. 2018. ‘‘The Soldiers Came to the House’’: Young Children’s Responses to The Colour of Home. Children's Literature in Education, 49(3), pp. 302-323. ISSN 0045-6713

Hope, Julia and Habib, Sadia. 2018. Book Review Section – EAL Journal: Children’s Literature About Refugees: A catalyst in the classroom by Julia Hope Learning and Teaching British Values: Policies and Perspectives on British Identities by Sadia Habib. EAL Journal, 5, pp. 56-57.


Hope, Julia. 2015. 'A Well-Founded fear’: Children’s literature about refugees and its role in the primary classroom. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research Interests

Julia’s research interests include children’s literature, refugee education, children’s literature about refugees, ESOL teaching and family learning.