Miss Carli Rowell

  • Research Fellow (School of Social & Political Sciences)


Carli is a sociologist, feminist and ethnographer passionate about social justice and social inequalities on global, national and local level. Much of her work grapples with issues pertaining to contemporary social, spatial and geopolitical (im)mobilities particularly in relation to educational (in)equalities and their intersections with class/caste, gender and ethnicity. She is currently a GCRF ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working in the 7 million pound funded GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods. An interdisciplinary, multi-country, multi-continental research consortium conducting comparative research of rapid urbanisation and its effect upon sustainable, healthy learning cities across Africa and Asia.

Carli has conducted research, taught and has been a visiting scholar in both the Southern (South Africa 2017; Tanzania 2016; India 2015; and Ghana 2013) and Northern (America 2017; Canada 2015; and China 2014) hemisphere. Prior to Glasgow Carli held positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Warwick. Her ESRC PhD (Warwick) was an ethnography of working-class students at an elite university, the pleasures, pains and possibilities. She was exaimined by Dr Maria do Mar Pereira and Professor Diane Reay. She is passionate about the sociological imagination, creative and participatory research methods, feminist research and teaching and inclusivity within academia. 

Carli currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK & Ireland), as a co-convenor of the British Sociological Associations Early Career Forum and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Rhona Brown, PhD - Supportive learning environments in urban Tanzanian schools





  • Equity, Social Justice & Change
  • Higher Education as a Field of Research, Policy & Practice
  • MSc Education, Public Policy and Equity (Dissertation supervisor)

Additional information

Rowell, C. (2017) Girls Just Wanna have Fun…damnetal Rights – Why I Marched. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity. 3(2).

Rowell, C. (2016) Review of Culture, Capitals and Graduate Future, Degrees of class by Burke, C. Routledge. Higher Education Review.

Rowell, C. (2016) Review of Sociologists' Tales Contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice by Twamley, K, Doidge, M and Scott, A. Polity Press. The British Journal of Sociology, 67(1), P184–185.

Rowell, C. (2015). Working-Class Students and Western Higher Education. In: Case, J and Huisman J. (eds) Investigating Higher Education: A Critical Review of Research Contributions. London: Routledge.

Rowell, C. R. Dytham, S., Ingram, N. & Nind, M. (2015). Inequality in Education – Innovation in Methods Introduction with reflections by Dr Nicola Ingram and Professor Melanie Nind. Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 2(2), 224-233. Available at: http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/index.php/exchanges/article/view/65

Dytham, S. and Rowell, C. R. (2015). Inequality in Education – Innovation in Methods: Reflections and Considerations. Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 2(2), 277-283. Available at: http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/index.php/exchanges/article/view/64 [Accessed 11 September 2016].

Rowell, C. (2014) Reclaiming the F-word: Feminism Today by Catherine Redfern and Kirstin Aune. Sociological research Online. 19(1). Available at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/1/reviews/3.html

Rowell, C. (2017). Writing Retreats as Sites of Resistance, Inclusivity, Self-Care and the Care of Others? The Sociological Review. Available at: https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/blog/writing-retreats-as-sites-of-resistance-inclusivity-self-care-and-the-care-of-others-reflections-from-the-sociological-reviews-early-career-writing-retreat-with-rowena-murray-1.html

Rowell, C. (2015) The Personal Pull of Sociology. British Politics and Policy at LSE. Online. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/researchingsociology/2015/09/22/the-personal-pull-of-sociology/

Rowell, C. (2013). The Books That Inspired Me to Pursue Sociology. British Politics and Policy at LSE. Online. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/archives/37526