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Dr Marta Cristina Azaola PhD


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Dr Marta Cristina Azaola is Lecturer within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Her area of interest lie in the field of sociology of education, focusing particularly on theories of social reproduction and critical theory. Her work is concerned with educational inequalities, specifically, educational inclusion and exclusion in deprived urban and rural areas. She has participated in a wide range of international projects. In rural Mexico she conducted an ethnographic study exploring the ways in which home-school-community links impact the educational and occupational trajectories of individuals. Recently, she coordinated a workshop aimed at enhancing reflective learning and school collaboration across rural schools, and currently, she investigates the experiences of school belonging across deprived urban upper secondary schools in Mexico. She has also explored issues of choice, opportunity, and wellbeing amongst migrant pupils in England and Jersey as well as the relationship between gender, mothering and leadership amongst head teachers in South Africa. A graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, she holds an MA in Educational Research from Lancaster University and a PhD from the University of Bristol.

Research interests

I am interested in understanding social inequalities and how different school experiences affect peoples’ life opportunities and expectations. I am also interested in looking at people’s agency in contexts of social disadvantage in order to understand its role in people’s achievements. I would welcome proposals in related topics.

Affiliate research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Research project(s)

School Belonging: Experiences and challenges from high school students in Mexico

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  • EDUC 1039 Education in other countries (BSc)
  • EDUC 2027 Internationalisation and Education (BSc)
  • EDUC6457 Globalisation and Education Policy (MSc)
  • PhD and Masters’ supervisions
Dr Marta Cristina Azaola
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 32/2021

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3556

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