Sociology Department Staff
Dr Mandy Powell, PhD (Communication, Media & Culture), BA (English Studies) PG Diploma (Professional Education)
Affiliate of the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education
The main focus of my work is social inequalities and attainment in education and work. I've taught and researched in the fields of education, media, communications and culture. Prior to joining Durham Sociology, I was a Research Fellow in Media, Communications and Performing Arts at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.
I've worked on several externally funded research projects including two on media literacy funded by large ESRC grants and led by Professor David Buckingham at the Institute Education, UCL in London from 2009-2012 (RES-062-23-1292) and in the School of Social, Geographical and Political Science at the University of Loughborough in 2012 (ES/J010308/1). Since joining Durham Sociology I've completed two research projects on contextualised admissions in universities in Scotland and England with Professor Vikki Boliver funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the Sutton Trust respectively.
I'm currently working as a Co-Investigator with Professor Vikki Boliver on fair admissions policies and practices in universities in England funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
- Boliver, V, Gorard, S, Powell, M & Moreira, T (2020). The use of access thresholds to widen participation at Scottish universities. Scottish Affairs 29(1): 82-97.
- Boliver, V., Powell, M. & Moreira, T. (2018). Organisational Identity as a Barrier to Widening Access in Scottish Universities. Social Sciences 7(9): 151.
- Powell, M. (2017). Youth cultures, media practices and citizenship: really useful knowledge?. Learning, Media and Technology 42(3): 378-385.
- Powell, M. & Pieczka, M. (2016). Understanding Learning in Senior Public Relations Practices: from boundary spanning to boundary dwelling. Journal of Communication Management 20(4): 312-327.
- Powell, M. (2015). Time to shine: Scotland's youth arts strategy for ages 0-25. Cultural Trends 24(3): 281-284.
- Parry, B. & Powell, M. (2011). Beyond caricature: recuperating Institution as a productive concept in teaching and learning about media in primary schools. Media Education Research Journal 2(2): 65-73.
Chapter in book
- Powell, M. (2015). 'Nothing Similar in England': the Scottish Film Council, the Scottish Education Department and the Utility of 'Educational Film' to Scotland. In Regional Aesthetics: Mapping UK Media Cultures. Chignell, H., Franklin, I. & Skoog, K. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 212-230.
- Powell, M. (2014). Media concepts and cultures: Progressing learning from and for everyday life. In Popular Culture, Pedagogy and Teacher Education: International perspectives. Benson, P. & Chik, A. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 55-68.
- Burn, A., Buckingham, D., Parry, B. & Powell, M. (2010). Minding the Gaps: teachers' cultures, students' cultures. In Adolescents' online literacies: connecting classrooms, digital media and popular culture. Alvermann, D. E. New York: Peter Lang. 183-201.
- L'Etang, J. & Powell, M. (2013). Wanted: A Community of Practice for Senior Public Relations Practitioners. Thought Leadership Series
- Boliver, V., Crawford, C., Powell, M. & Craige, W. (2017). Admissions in Context: The use of contextual information by leading universities. London, Sutton Trust.
- Boliver, V., Gorard, S., Powell, M. & Moreira, T. (2017). Mapping and evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland. Scottish Funding Council.
- L'Etang, J. & Powell, M. (2013). Accessing PR expertise: methodological considerations.
- Social inequalities
- Admissions systems in Higher Education
- Recognising merit and potential in education
- Diversity in the creative industries
- Policy sociology
- Professional knowledges and practices
- Qualitative research methods
- Mixed methods research
- Mapping and evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland
Advanced Perspectives in Sociology: Higher Education and Social Inequalities(4 hours/year.)
- 2017: Fair admission to universities in England: Understanding and improving policy and practice (£169245.00 from Nuffield Foundation)
- 2017: Fair admission to universities in England: understanding and improving policy and practice. Nuffield Foundation. EDU/42852. £169,245
- 2017: The use of contextual data by Sutton Trust Universities. Sutton Trust. £14,932
- 2015: Mapping and evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland. Scottish Funding Council: Impact for Access. £158,282
- 2013: Understanding 'senior' professional identity in public relations practices. Chartered Institute for Public Relations. £14,000
- 2012: Developing media literacy: from research to practice. ESRC. ES/J010308/1. £99,363.42
- 2009: Developing media literacy: towards a model of learning progression. ESRC. RES-062-23-1292. £645,012.65