Dr Kim Allen
University Academic Fellow – Urban Sociology (Youth and Inequality)
My research is located at the intersections of youth studies, sociology, gender studies and the cultural studies of education. A feminist researcher, my work is informed by a commitment to social justice.
I have worked on a range of research projects, including one on ‘Celebrity Culture and Young People’s Classed and Gendered Aspirations’ (ESRC); and on young women’s transitions in austerity (British Academy).
I sit on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online; British Journal of Sociology of Education; and Gender and Education. I am a member of the British Sociological Association and Gender and Education.
- The sociology of aspiration
- Youth transitions and inequalities of social class, gender, race and place
- Higher Education and social justice
- Young people and celebrity culture
- Representations of class and gender in popular culture
- Social class, family life and the maternal
- Inequality and diversity in the cultural industries
I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on topics including ...
- higher education inequalities and identities
- youth culture and sub-cultural studies
- schooling and educational identities (class, gender, race)
- gender, the media and popular culture
- research methods (qualitative)
- education policy and social justice.
I have supervised PhD and EdD students on topics related to inequalities of social class, gender, race and age in compulsory schooling and higher education.
I would be interested in supervising students in topics related to my research interest above, including interdisciplinary enquiries into social and cultural life.
‘Following Policy: A Network Ethnography of the UK Character Education Policy Community’, Sociological Research Online 2018,
DOI: 10.1177/1360780418769678, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/130327/
‘Top girls navigating austere times: interrogating youth transitions since the ‘crisis’, Journal of Youth Studies, 19.6 (2016), 805-820,
DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1112885, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/95783/
‘Justin Bieber Sounds Girlie’: Young People's Celebrity Talk and Contemporary Masculinities’, Sociological Research Online, 20.3 (2015), 1-15,
DOI: 10.5153/sro.3738, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118884/
‘Welfare Queens, Thrifty Housewives, and Do-It-All Mums: Celebrity motherhood and the cultural politics of austerity’, Feminist Media Studies, 15.6 (2015), 907-925,
DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2015.1062992, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89991/
‘Thinking with White Dee: The gender politics of austerity porn’, Sociological Research Online, 19.3 (2014),
‘Sticky Subjects' or 'Cosmopolitan Creatives'? Social Class, Place and Urban Young People's Aspirations for Work in the Knowledge Economy’, Urban Studies, 50.3 (2013), 499-517,
Media Contact Areas
- Young people's aspirations
- Celebrity culture
- Gender and the media
- Higher education and 'social mobility'