Prof. David James

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Prof. David James

Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, and Director of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre. He has a distinguished track record as a social science researcher and teacher, mainly focused on the study of Education.

He chairs the Executive Editors of the British Journal of Sociology of Education and he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education and Work. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Peer Review College, an elected member of the British Educational Research Association’s Council and Chair of BERA’s Membership and Engagement Committee.

He has directed many research projects, evaluations and consultancies for a range of funders and clients, including the ESRC, government departments and agencies, local authorities, charities, universities, colleges and schools, all to time and within budget.

His research covers curriculum, learning and assessment in schools, further and higher education and the relationship between educational policy/practice and social inequality. Books include Bourdieu and Education (1998, with Grenfell), The Creative Professional (1999, with Ashcroft), Improving Learning Cultures in FE (2007, with Biesta) and White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling (2011 & 2013, with Reay & Crozier). More of his work can be seen at or at