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Dr Barbara Thompson

Reader in Education and Gender


Dr Barbara Thompson works in the Institute of Education helping to develop the research culture within the team.

She works with colleagues from the Research and Employer Engagement Office (REEO) to seek for bid writing opportunities as well as seeking to develop colleagues’ interest in research.

Barbara was Head of the PGCE Primary Programme for many years before becoming the Programme Leader for the Masters in Education.

Barbara has a long-term interest in gender issues.

After working in primary schools and before joining the University (then West Sussex Institute of Higher Education) as a Professional Studies tutor she was an Open University Tutor on the MA module in Gender and Education.

Barbara is a keen researcher and gained a Ph.D. in 2009 on Gender Leadership and Management in Initial Teacher Training.

She publishes in the field of gender focussing upon gender, leadership and management.

Research Output


Thompson, B. (2019) Shifting Feminisms: Collaborative or Individualized Managers? An Exploratory Study in Three U.K. Universities. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 34 (4). pp. 287-305. ISSN 1754-2413 10.1108/gm-12-2017-0179

Thompson, B. (2015) Succumbing, surviving, succeeding? Women managers in academia. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 30 (5). pp. 397-413. ISSN 1754-2413 10.1108/GM-08-2013-0095

Thompson, B. (2007) Working beyond the glass ceiling: women managers in initial teacher training in England. Gender and Education, 19 (3). p. 339. ISSN 0954-0253 10.1080/09540250701295494

Book Sections

Thompson, B. (2010) Re-assessing gender issues in the primary classroom. In: Supporting Inclusive Practice (2nd Edition). Routlege, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 46-62. ISBN 9780415579001

Thompson, B. (2010) Towards gender equality in social work. In: Equality and Diversity in Social Work Practice. Transforming Social Work Practice Series . Learning Matters: SAGE Publishers, London. ISBN 9781844455935

Conference or Workshop Items

Thompson, B. (2013) Policy, Practice and Principles: Narrative accounts from women in Higher Education. @ I don't care what you think, just do it'. In: Gender and Education Conference, April 2013, Southbank University London. (Unpublished)

Thompson, B. (2010) Extraordinary women: Senior women managers and leaders in initial teacher training... forging new identities. In: The British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 1-4 Sep 2010, University of Warwick. (Submitted)

Thompson, B. Feminism and Management: a Contradiction in Terms? In: Smashing the Patriarchy, January 2014, Dundee University. (Unpublished)


Thompson, B. (2017) Gender, management and leadership in initial teacher education: Managing to Survive in the Education Marketplace? Gender and Education . Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9781137490506

Knowles, G., Lander, V., Hawkins, S., Hughes, C., Stone, G., Cooper, L. and Thompson, B. (2012) Thinking Through Ethics and Values in Primary Education. Learning Matters: Thinking Through Education Series . SAGE Publishers, London. ISBN 9780857258571

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