Professor Carl Bagley
Professor Carl Bagley is Head of the School of Education where he holds a Chair in Educational Sociology. He studied for a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Politics at the University of Bradford before training as a Community Worker at the University of Swansea where he obtained a Diploma in Applied Social Studies and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW). He subsequently worked as a community-based anti-racist strategist for Leeds Local Education Authority where he gained JNC recognition as a qualified youth and community worker. He has held research posts at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Open University (where he obtained his PhD) and previously held a Senior Lectureship at Staffordshire University. He joined the School of Education in 1999. His research interests and publications are in the field of educational policy ethnography and critical arts-based approaches to educational research; whereby data are represented and disseminated through the medium of the arts. An example of his work co-produced with Dr Ricardo Castro-Salazar (Pima College, AZ), investigating the use of performance in telling the counter-stories of undocumented Americans of Mexican origin in the USA, may be viewed at
A co-authored book (with Dr Castro-Salazar) on the wider sociological theme of undocumented Americans entitled Navigating Borders. Critical Race Theory Research and Counter History of Undocumented Americans was published by Peter Lang.
He co- edited the book Dancing the Data (Peter Lang publisher) and its enclosed CD-ROM Dancing the Data Too (with Mary Beth Cancienne, James Madison University, VA); the first arts-based educational research text to incorporate print and audio-visual material. He co-founded (with Mary Beth Cancienne) the Special Interest Group (SIG) Arts and Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts in Education within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The SIG was the first committed to exclusively providing a live performance space for researcher/artists at AERA’s annual conference. He is deputy editor of the Journal Ethnography and Education and guest edited a special issue of the journal focusing on Shifting Methodological Boundaries in Ethnographic Research. A free download of the editorial can be accessed at:
In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Professor Bagley supervises doctoral research students in areas associated with education policy.
Completed Supervisions (since 2008)
Indicators of Esteem
- Acting as a referee for Research Councils: ESRC
- 2002: International Research Collaborations: 1999-2002: Dancing the Data Project. Source: Private Foundation (United States). Amount: $35,000). Bid: Joint equal with Dr M.B.Cancienne, Lesley University, USA. Theme: Cross-cultural, multi-media based study into the (re)presentation of educational research data in artistic formats. Outcomes: • The first educational research based work to explore the multi-media potential for (re)presenting cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary research data. • Co-founder and Chair American Education Research Association special interest group (SIG) International Perspectives on the Visual and Performing Arts in Education • Co-hosted an international three-day symposium Educational Research and Inter-textual Forms of Data (Re)presentatiom: Emerging Possibilities and Implications, in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (May 2001) with participants from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. • Academic papers presented at conferences in the UK and the USA. For example, American Educational Research Association Annual Conferences 1999-2000, British Educational Research Association Conference, 2001. • In 2002 a CD-ROM Dancing the Data Too produced and published to accompany the book featuring the research and artistic work (drama, poetry, dance, collage) of the contributors. The first time internationally in educational research a CD-ROM had been produced and used in this way.
- 2005: Advice to International Government, Local Government Agencies: Symposium on the Marketisation of Education, Department of Education, Taiwan, April 2005 Principle Evaluator 2002-2006: Sure Start, North, South and Central Hartlepool Partnerships,
- 2008: Editorial Board Membership: Ethnography and Education Journal
- 2008: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts: Carl Bagley has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of the significant contributions he has made in his field.
- 2009: Guest editor: Guest editing a Special Issues of the journal Ethnography and Education on the theme 'Shifting Boundaries in Ethnographic Research'
- Ms Anna Llewellyn
- Ms Hongbo Dong
- Mrs Pauline Moger
- Mrs Wafaa Salama
- Mrs Gallie Kawanzaruwa
- Ms Jingyan Peng
- Ms. Shuoqian Qin
- Mr Thomas Bohler
- Ms Grace Lee
- Miss Hsiu-tzu Shen
- Ms Melanie Van-den-hoven
- Miss Fang-hui Wu
- Mr Chun Ngai
- Mr How-kong Tang
- Mr Peter Wood
- Mr Sherman Chin
- Mr Stephen Rawlinson
- Ms Shih-ching Huang
- Ms Margaret Jackson
- Ms Hester Gibson
- Critical arts-based research
- Education Policy
- European Policy Network on School Leadership
- Rural schooling and the micro-politics of community> A study of two English, rural villages and their schools
Journal papers: academic
- Bagley, C.A. (2014). Vintage Wine in New Bottles: Situating the Extraordinary Autobiographical Work of Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) and the Sensuous Arts-based Power of her Multi-genre Visual Narrative. International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies 11(1).
- Hillyard, S. & Bagley, C. (2013). 'The fieldworker not in the head's office': an empirical exploration of the role of an English rural primary school within its village. Social & Cultural Geography 14(4): 410-427.
- Beach, D. & Bagley, C. (2013). Changing professional discourses in teacher education policy back towards a training paradigm a comparative study. European Journal of Teacher Education 36(4): 379-392.
- Bagley, C. & Castro-Salazar, R. (2012). Critical Arts-Based Research in Education: Performing undocumented historias. British Educational Research Journal 38(2): 219-239.
- Beach, D. & Bagley, C.A. (2012). The weakening role of education studies and the re-traditionalisation of Swedish teacher education. Oxford Review of Education 38(3): 287-303.
- Clough, S. & Bagley, C. (2012). UK Higher Education Institutions and the Third stream Agenda. Policy Futures in Education 10(2): 178-190.
- Bagley, C. (2011). From Sure Start to Children's Centres: capturing the erosion of social capital. Journal of Education Policy 26(1): 95-113.
- Bagley, C. & Hillyard, S. (2011). Village Schools in England: At the heart of their community?. Australian Journal of Education 55(1): 5.
- Castro-Salazar, R. & Bagley, C. (2010). 'Ni de aqui ni from there' Navigating between contexts: counter narratives of undocumented Mexican students in the United States. Race, Ethnicity and Education 13(1): 23-40.
- Cancienne, M.B. & Bagley, C. (2009). Dance as Method. The process and product of movement in educational research. Arts and Learning Research Journal 25(1): 1-25.
- Bagley, C. (2009). The ethnographer as impresario-joker in the (re)presentation of educational research as performance art: towards a performance ethic. Ethnography and Education 4(3): 283-300.
- Bagley, C. (2008). Educational ethnography as performance art: towards a sensuous feeling and knowing. Qualitative Research 8(1): 53-72.
- Bagley, C. & Ackerley, C.L. (2006). 'I am much more than just a mum'. Social capital, empowerment and Sure Start. Journal of Education Policy 21(6): 717-734.
- Giamouridis, A. & Bagley, C. (2006). Policy, Politics, and Social Inequality in the Educational System of Greece. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 24(1).
- Bagley, C. (2006). School choice and competition: a public-market in education revisited. Oxford Review Education 32(3): 347-362.
- Bagley, C.A., Ackerley, C.L. & Rattray, J. (2004). Social exclusion, Sure Start and organizational social capital: evaluating inter-disciplinary multi-agency working in an education and health work programme. Journal of Education Policy 19(5): 595-607.
- Castro-Salazar, R. & Bagley, C. (2012). Navigating Borders: Critical Race Theory Research and Counter History of Undocumented Americans. New York: Peter Lang.
- Bagley, C. & Castro-Salazar, R. (2012). Dance: Making Movement Meaningful. In Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education. Delamont, S. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
- Beach D. & Bagley, C. (2011). New Threats in Advanced Knowledge-based Economies to the Old Problem of Developing and Sustaining Quality. In Developing Quality Cultures in Teacher Education: Expanding Horizons in Relation to Quality Assurance. Eisenschmidt, E. & Lofstrom, E. Tallin University Press.
- Bagley, C. & Castro-Salazar, R. (2010). Envisioning Undocumented Historias: Towards a Critical Performance Ethnography. In New Frontiers in Ethnography. Hillyard, S. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.
- Bagley, C.A. (2009). Professionals, People and Power: Sourcing Social Capital on an Early Years Education and Health Care Programme. In Social Capital, Professionalism and Diversity. Allan, J., Ozga, J. & Smyth, G. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 107-121.
- Cancienne, M.B. & Bagley, C. (2008). Dance as Method. In Knowing Differently: Arts-Based and Collaborative Research Methods. Liamputtong, P. & Rumbold, J. (eds) New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Bagley, C. (2008). Exploring Multimedia Performance in Educational Research. In Handbook of Research on Digital Information Technologies: Innovations, Methods and Ethical Issues. Hansson, T. (ed). Hershey, PA: ISR.
- Bagley, C. (2007). (Re)visualising Childhood. In The Art of Visual Inquiry. Knowles, J.G., Luciani, T.C., Cole, A. & Neilsen, L. (eds). Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON: Backalong Books & Centre for Arts-Informed Research. 295-308.