Sam Whewall


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

Start date: September 2016

Research topic: The role of imagined geographies in young people's higher education participation

My research explores the role geography plays in young people’s higher education (HE) participation. I am interested in the range of geographical perceptions and imaginaries underpinning individual trajectories. I am also concerned with the individual’s sense of their social and spatial proximity to/distance from other places and institutions, and how this bears on the decisions they make.

Using participatory cognitive mapping methods, I am working with British young people in state, private and elite international schools in the UK, Cyprus and Singapore to explore how different scales of imagined geographies shape youth transitions into HE.


Research supervisors: Dr Michael Donnelly, Professor Hugh Lauder