Research team

Rachel Brooks is the principal investigator on the project. She is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey in the UK, and an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Rachel has conducted a wide range of projects on different aspects of sociology of education, including international student mobility, young graduates and lifelong learning, the experiences of higher education students with dependent children, and the changing nature of students’ unions. More information about Rachel’s research and publications can be found here.

Jessie Abrahams is a post-doctoral research fellow on the project, working in particular on the student understandings strand. She has recently completed an ESRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University looking at the way in which the English secondary education system reproduces social class inequalities through its structures and practices. Prior to this, Jessie was a research assistant on the Leverhulme Trust-funded Paired Peers Project exploring the experiences of students from different social class backgrounds at the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

Predrag Lažetić is also a post-doctoral fellow on the project and he is responsible for the institutional perspectives strand of research. He has recently completed a PhD at the University of Bath investigating the institutional regime differences in the quality of jobs higher education graduates undertake in different European countries. Prior to this post he worked as the director of the Centre for Education Policy in Belgrade and as a researcher in the International Centre for Higher Education Research in Kassel, Germany, specialising in both posts in higher education research.

Anu Lainio is a postgraduate researcher on the project and is leading the media representations strand of work.  Anu did her first master’s in education in University of Tampere. She studied her second master’s in Erasmus Mundus programme on Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management in Aarhus University (Copenhagen) and Deusto University (Bilbao). Anu also has a several years working experience in higher education administration and in international relations. Her research interests are in internationalisation of higher education, mobility, social justice and equality.