Susan Robertson

Professor Susan L Robertson

BA (Dist) BEd (Hons) PhD

  • Position Bye Fellow
  • School Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty of Education
  • Department Education
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  • Phone number 01223 767574

Susan holds the Chair in Sociology of Education at the Faculty of Education.

Susan Robertson

Susan completed her doctoral research in Sociology/Policy at the University of Calgary, Canada in 1990. Prior to this she had worked in the Research Division of the Ministry of Education, Western Australia. Since completion of her doctorate, Susan went on to hold academic posts at the University of Auckland, University of Bristol and, since 2016, at the University of Cambridge. 

In the Faculty of Education, aside from teaching undergraduate and graduate sociology of education classes, Susan is convenor of the Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Globalisation, Societies and Education, and Director of the Doctoral Programme. She also sits on the ESRC’s funding council.  

Research Interests

Susan’s current research focuses on the relationship between the state and education, and particularly governance frameworks which determine the distribution of education opportunities and outcomes. She has published well over a 100 books and papers on education, the state, governance and social justice. Susan is particularly focused researching the changing relationship between the national and global, and how new actors at the global and regional level mediate the state-education social contract.