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Professor Bryony Hoskins has a chair in Comparative Social Science at the University of Roehampton. She is an internationally renowned expert on political socialisation specialising in political engagement across Europe and the Middle East. Her latest book is on Education, Democracy and Inequality: Political Engagement and Citizenship Education in Europe and is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Her current funded research projects are on Post-16 Educational Trajectories and Social Inequalities in Political Engagement (Funded by the Nuffield Foundation), Effective education interventions for teaching and learning European Citizenship for disadvantaged young people (funded by Robert Bosch Foundation) and Measuring Life Skills and Citizenship Education in the Middle East and North Africa (funded by UNICEF). She is part of ESRC LLAKES research centre based at UCL. Professor Hoskins has previously led EU funded research whilst employed at the University of Southampton that explored the effects of the economic crisis on Active Citizenship in the EU. Prior to this and when employed at IoE/UCL she led the ESRC funded comparative research on Inequalities that explored the effects of different country education systems on civic attitudes.

Professor Hoskins has 7 years of policy experience having previously worked at the Council of Europe in France leading on youth research, at the European Commission in Belgium and then in Italy leading the development of indicators on Active Citizenship. She has extensive experience of performing consultancies for UNICEF, UNESCO, European Commission, Council of Europe and the UK cabinet office on topics such as Measuring Citizenship, Education and the European Union.

Professor Hoskins is currently supervising three PhD students;

Lanora Callahan - Measuring the socioemotional impact of dance amongst disadvantaged and ethnic minority youth: a random control, mixed method approach

Tuba Tayfun Kayalarli – Identifying the role of community organisations in the integration of Turkish-speaking migrant women in London

Naglaa Elbaz - Exploring the perceptions of policy implementation in Egyptian secondary schools through the perspectives of teachers and headteachers

Her recently successful PhD students are;

Dr Jinyu Yang: whose PhD was on Learning Citizenship and Political Engagement at University in the UK and China. This study is using mixed method research including the analysis of the Citizenship Education Longitudinal data to explore if university has an effect on engagement and establish which methods are effective.

Dr LiYuan Liu: Whose Phd was on Exploring the Relationship between Education, Economy and Individual Civic Attitudes in Europe and Asia. This study is quantitative and uses multilevel modelling to analyse World Values Survey and the IEA International Citizenship and Civic education Study data to identify if education plays a mediating role between the economic situation in a country and civic attitudes.

Professor Hoskins is particularly interested in supervising new postgraduate research in the following areas:

- Political socialization/ citizenship education

- Inequalities and political engagement

- The effect of the economic crisis on Citizenship

- Comparative research on political engagement across Europe

If you are student who is interested in undertaking a PhD in these areas please contact her by email.