- Sociology of education
- Shadow education
- Educational inequality
- Social mobility
- Comparative research
Current PhD Students
External roles and responsibilities
Dr Achala Gupta is a lecturer in Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.
Before joining the University of Southampton, Achala worked as a Research Fellow (at UCL Institute of Education and the University of Surrey) on an ERC-funded Eurostudents project (led by Professor Rachel Brooks). This comparative study aimed to investigate the various ways in which students are made sense of within the European higher education sector.
Before joining the Eurostudents project team, Achala was based at the Asia Research Institute in the National University of Singapore as a Research Associate on another comparative project that focused on Global Asian Universities and International Students’ Mobilities (in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and China).
Achala’s doctoral research was an institutional ethnography that examined practices in the formal education system from the vantage point of private tutoring (‘shadow education’) in contemporary India (see, Gupta, 2019; 2020; 2021 for discussions on this topic).
- Shortlisted for the British Journal of Sociology of Education Best Early Career Article (2020)