Doctor Achala Gupta

Dr Achala Gupta

 FHEA, PhD (Sociology), MPhil (EdRes), MPS, MA, BSc
Lecturer B

Research interests

  • Sociology of education
  • Shadow education
  • Educational inequality 

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Dr Achala Gupta is a lecturer in Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. Achala is a member of the editorial board of the British Sociological Association's flagship journal, Sociology.

Achala is a sociologist of education and has published research articles on social class and educational privilege, heterogeneity of middle-class advantageteacher-entrepreneurialism, as well as timescapesocial legitimacy, the shadowing process of, and mothers' subscription to, private tutoring in India. Achala has also contributed to the higher education literature by exploring how students are socially constructed in Denmark, England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Spain.


Centre for Research in Inclusion 

Leadership, effective education and policy

The India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development 


At the University of Southampton:

  • Co-director, Centre for Research in Inclusion | University of Southampton (March 2024 - present)
  • Programme coordinator, Southampton Education School Research Seminar Series (January 2023 - present)
  • Ethics Reviewer for research conducted by students and staff in the Faculty of Social Sciences (July 2021-March 2024)
  • Academic Integrity Officer (BSc, PGCE primary and secondary, MSc Army programmes) for the Southampton Education School (July 2021-August 2022)


  • UK’s Higher Education Academy
  • British Educational Research Association
  • UKRI Early-career Forum
  • Council for European Studies
  • Comparative and International Education Society
  • European Sociological Association
  • British Sociological Association