Dr Sam Whewall

Education Alumni

PhD Researcher in Education (ESRC +3)
Graduate School of Education, University of Bath

Start date: September 2016

Graduation date: March 2021

Research topic: ‘Parallel’ student mobilities: Imaginaries of place, space and class in South Yorkshire and Singapore

My research explores how British students, with different imaginaries of their ‘place’ in the world (socially and spatially), navigate increasingly globally-integrated fields of higher education. It foregrounds the experiences of British young people across two starkly different research sites: an elite international school in Singapore, South East Asia; and a state school in Rotherham, a deindustrialised town in northern England. Using participatory cognitive mapping methods and semi-structured interviews, I argue that youth transitions to higher education are mediated by powerful socio-spatial geometries structuring higher education, and that young people are positioned inequitably in relation to changing power structures shaped by the globalisation and internationalisation of higher education.


Current position:

Research Associate in Geography, Sociology & Education

Geography & Environment  |  School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Loughborough University, UK

Recent articles:

International mindedness as a platform for class solidarity’

Mapping the relationality of people and places’

Research supervisors: Dr Michael Donnelly, Professor Hugh Lauder

Email: s.whewall@bath.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/samuelwhewall

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamWhewall

Website/Blog: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Samuel_Whewall2