Prior to joining the University of East London in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer and later promoted to Reader in 2016, Andrew Wilkins was Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Roehampton between 2012 and 2015. During this time he was principal investigator of a three-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders (Grant reference: ES/K001299/1). Prior to this Andrew Wilkins was Research Assistant/Associate on a range of projects funded by the ESRC, EU-TEMPUS and Higher Education Academy (HEA). Andrew Wilkins obtained his PhD in Social Policy in 2009 with the support of a three-year research scholarship he obtained in 2005 from the Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG). He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), co-convenor of the BERA SIG Social Theory and Education, and Associate of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow, UK.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research looks at a broad range of issues connected with education and governance. A key focus concerns how modern education institutions are governed – and govern themselves – through particular regimes, namely data regimes (algorithmic regulation and data infrastructures), institutional regimes (new public management, technocracy and corporate planning/expert handling), and knowledge or value regimes (market modelling, entrepreneurialism and consumerism). I use applied social theory (governmentality and discourse analytic approaches in particular) as framings for these investigations. Recently my research has explored the impact of neoliberal reforms on the day to day practices of school governors and the diminished role of democracy in these contexts. This includes a focus on the different economic and political rationalities shaping the conduct of governors at this time and the proliferation of new, multiscalar hierarchies of political authority and regulatory power.