Southampton Education School

Kalwant Bhopal

BA (Hons), MSc (Econ), PGCE (FE), PhD

Primary position:
Reader in Education
Other positions:
Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees, Editor-in-Chief, Women's Studies International Forum


The University of Southampton

Kalwant Bhopal is a Reader in Education and Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees. Her academic qualifications include BA (Hons) Sociology, MSc (Econ) Sociology, PGCE (FE) and PhD (University of Bristol). Her areas of interest and expertise are centred around the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has a great deal of research experience in examining the lives of South Asian women and Gypsy and Traveller groups, focussing on social justice and inclusion.

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Research Interests

  • Asian and Afro-Caribbean groups
  • Case Study Research
  • Gender and Feminism
  • Gypsy Travellers
  • Identity Construction
  • Inclusive Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Race and Racism
  • Research Processes
  • Rural Racism
  • Social Exclusion
  • Social Inclusion

Primary research group:  Social Justice and Inclusive Education (SJIE) Research Centre

Affiliate research groups:  South Asian Communities (SAC) special interest group, Race and Ethnicity Special Interest Group

Research projects

Integrating diversity in leadership in the learning and skills sector

'Race', diversity and educational inclusion (Bhopal)

Investigating reasons for elective home education for gypsy and traveller parents in Hampshire (Bhopal)

Gypsy traveller pupils in schools in the London Borough of Greenwich: a report on good practice (Bhopal)

Investigating barriers to educational inclusion for gypsy and traveller children in West Sussex (Bhopal)

Working towards inclusive education: aspects of good practice for gypsy traveller pupils (Bhopal)

Understanding academic flight from UK higher education

This project is funded by the Equality Challenge Unit. The aims of the research are to:• Understand to what extent UK academics consider moving to work in higher education overseas and to determine if there is a difference by ethnicity• Understand the reasons (both push and pull factors) which contribute to potential migration to overseas higher education institutions(HEIs)and whether these factors vary by ethnicity• Establish what UK HEIs can do to retain minority ethnic academics, and attract back those who have left.


External Activities

Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Queens University (Belfast); Visiting Scholar, Institute of Education (University of London).

Editor-in-Chief Women’s Studies International Forum (peer reviewed journal)

Editorial Board member of Sociology, British Educational Research Journal, International Studies in Sociology of Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Gender and Education, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies, Race, Ethnicity and Education

External Examiner: University of Birmingham (BA Childhood, Culture and Education); Goldsmiths College (University of London) (MA Education, Language and Identity) and Keele University (BA Education Studies).

Member of ESRC Peer Review College

Elected member of the British Educational Research Association Executive Council (2009-pressent)

Convenor for BERA Race, Ethnicity and Education Special Interest Group, convenor for British Sociological Association, Social Divisions/Social Relationships

Chair and Convenor - Curriculum from an International Perspective Committee American Educational Research Association (AERA Division B Curriculum Studies).

Chair of Conference Committee (International Chapter) – National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

Equality Challenge Unit, panellist for Gender Equality Charter Mark Trial, May 2014.


2006 – West Sussex County Council, Ethnic Minority Achievement Service and Traveller Education Support Service (‘Race’ awareness and Gypsy and Traveller groups)

2003 – London Borough of Greenwich, Ethnic Minority Achievement and Traveller Education Service (social exclusion of Gypsy and Traveller groups in schools)

2000 – Surrey County Council (Raising literacy standards for minority ethnic groups)

1999- Cambridgeshire Traveller Education Service (Gypsy Travellers and attendance in schools)

1996 - Tower Hamlets Education Authority (‘Race’ and social inclusion)


British Sociological Association (BSA), Women’s Studies Network, Women in Higher Education Network, Social Research

Association and Asian Social Researchers Forum

CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) Education Network

Gypsy Lore Society, the Romani Studies Group and Trav-ed (Traveller Education Forum)

Teaching Responsibilities

PhD Students

Doreen Challen: A pedagogical exploration of guided reading in three classrooms

Rosa Drown: Improving access to education for Roma children in Romania

Michelle Harricharan: Ashes col’ darg lay dong: Trinidadian students’ response to the UK

Livinus Ikewuke: How can exam malpractice be prevented in Nigeria?

Matthew Sambrook: Is it possible to define inclusion and can we use it to implement change?


Dr Kalwant Bhopal
Southampton Education School
University of Southampton
Building 32
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 32/2045

Telephone: (023) 8059 3474