Alexander Griffiths


Twitter: @DrAlexGriffiths


Research title: The role of identity within educational contexts

Research Summary

My EdD research draws upon my professional experience in educational governance, policy, and strategy, and specifically focuses on how the professional contexts university academics find themselves situated within can shape and impact their professional identities and practices. As a sector we find ourselves positioned within increasingly dilemmatic spaces that are defined by the social, political, and economic structural issues we face. Neoliberal philosophy saw its influence on higher education solidified with successive social, political, and economic moves in national and international education policy progressively implemented since the 1970's. Higher Education has become increasingly market focused, and the effects of this on learning, teaching, and the lived experiences of both staff and students in the sector have become all encompassing. My research interests therefore extend to the impact of these changes on student and professional identities and how the sector can negotiate the continuously shifting sands neoliberally-inspired educational policy presents. Theoretically I align myself with Foucauldian and Bourdieusian schools of thought, especially with reference to the roles of governmentality and symbolic violence in shaping educational identities.

Additional Information

Professional Background

I am an Educational Social Scientist with a specific focus on higher educational governance, strategy, and the transformation of academic labour in response to changes in the domestic and international social, economic, and political landscape. Affiliated with BPP University, where I act as the University's Head of Academic Quality, I am also associated with the School of Education at the University of Glasgow where I am an EdD candidate. Further to this, I am a Social and Developmental Psychologist by training (MA, MPhil, PhD), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


MA (Hons) Psychology and Theology, University of St Andrews (2009)

MPhil Social and Developmental Psychology, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (2010)

PhD Social and Developmental Psychology, University of St Andrews (2014)