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Dr Jan Etienne

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Dr Jan Etienne is a Birkbeck Fellow and Associate Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy.  She is a Womanist researcher and Chair of the Womanism, Activism and Higher Education Research Network.  Jan is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and a graduate of the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.  Jan teaches on the MSc Education, Power and Social Change programme in the Department of Psychosocial Studies. She is Module Leader for Education Globalisation and Change and is a member of the Decolonising the Academy Collective and Hub Leader for Student Experience. 

    Dr Etienne's major research interest is in the field of Black Feminist Epistemology, and Womanist learning for community activism, exploring women’s involvement in transforming community spaces into thriving matriarchal learning hubs. Dr Etienne earned her PhD from the Department of Social Policy and Education, Birkbeck, University of London and her MSc from the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She is the author of Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of first-generation African Caribbean women, (IOE/UCL Press, Trentham Books, 2016) and editor of Communities of Activism: Black Women, higher education, and the politics of representation, (UCL Press/Trentham Books, 2020)

     

    ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

    PhD.  Black Feminist Epistemologies: Womanist learning in the Third Age.

    Department of Social Policy and Education,

    Birkbeck, University of London

    Malet Street,

    London WC1E 7HX.

     

    MSc Policy Studies: Black Political Narratives, Race and Representation

    School for Policy Studies.

    University of Bristol

    Priory Road

    Bristol BS8 1TZ

     

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    ·       British Educational Research Association (BERA)

    ·       British Sociological Association (BSA)

    ·       Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

    ·       University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults 

     

    ORCID

     0000-0001-7196-9386


    Highlights

    • 28th July 2020, Etienne, J. Virtual Book Launch – ‘Communities of Activism’, Department of Geography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDxc1nfE0QQ

    • 21st February 2019, Etienne, J Research Conference: Youth crime and violence: Who hears the voices of black women? Womanism, Activism, Higher Education Research Network  http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/events/2019/03/08/youth-crime-and-violence-who-hears-the-voices-of-black-women/

    • 26th August 2016, Etienne, J - BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour, Education after the age of 50: Dr Jan Etienne’s  research into Lifelong Learning and Older lack Caribbean Women.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07pd4yw
       

    • 26th July 2016, Etienne, J. Learning in Womanist ways book launch – Institute of Education https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrJQ5ugbUJgSWEAdwIM34lQ;_ylu=Y29sbwNpcjIEcG9zAzEEdnRpZAMEc2VjA3BpdnM-?p=book+launch+waterstones+jan+etienne&fr2=piv-web&fr=mcafee#id=18&vid=0c5e6c98970bb9ff6cc2a2b10a154956&action=view

       

    Qualifications

    • PhD Social Policy and Education, Department of Social Policy and Education, Birkbeck, University of London, 2014
    • MSc Policy Studies, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, 1992

    Professional activities

    Advisory Board Member: Centre for Research on Employment and Work, University of Greenwich

    Professional memberships

    • PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

      Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW)  

      British Educational Research Association (BERA)

      British Sociological Association (BSA)

      Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

      Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA)

       

    Honours and awards

    • Birkbeck Fellowship, 2019, Birkbeck, University of London,
    • Birkbeck Students Union, Colours and Honours Award Winner for academic support and teaching excellence 2017, Students Union, Birkbeck, University of London,
    • Honorary Research Fellow – Department of Geography, 2014, Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London,
    • Michael Stephens Award for PhD Research, 2009, Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in Education of Adults,
    • Birkbeck Distinguished Associate Lecturer Award, 2007 , Birkbeck, University of London,
    • Best Longitudinal Research study Prize, 2006 , British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society ,

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7196-9386
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • Race, Education and Gender Studies
    • Narrative Research Study and Lifelong Learning
    • Black Feminist Epistemologies
    • Womanist Approaches to Community Learning
    • Black Women, Social Capital and Wellbeing
    • Studies in Gender and Migration

    Research overview

     

     

    RESEARCH OVERVIEW

    Studies for the Womanist, Activism and Higher Education Research Network (2018 - present); Black Feminist perspections into: Black Youth, Crime and Violence. Funded by the Birkbeck Institutue for the Humanities

    Research Associate. Birkbeck's Institute of Lifelong Learning (2005-2007), ESRC funded project into Lifelong Learning and the Women’s Institute: ESRC RES-000-22-1441 (September 2005) Learning citizenship: lifelong learning, community and the Women’s Institutes 

    Research Associate: Centre for Excellence in Leadership/ Learning and Skills Development Agency (2004). Research into Management and Leadership, Project Title: Career Hopes and Hesitations Institute for Policy Studies in Education: London Metropolitan University (University of North London)

    Research Associate: London Metropolitan University, HE Equalities and Diversity Recruitment research. Funded by: The Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) (2004)

    Institute for Policy Studies in Education: University of North London (2003): Research into Employment and Diversity Strategies. Project Title: National Survey of Black Managers in FE.

    Research Associate: Learning and skills Development Agency: Experiences of Black managers in Education (2002) Funded by the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA)

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    SUPERVISION


    ·       Black Feminist epistemologies

    ·       Womanist learning and studies of migration

    ·       Narrative Studies

    ·       Race, Gender and Education


    Current joint principal supervision

    ·       Nandita Sirker (2020 - to date) Supporting Refugee Mothers – Do you See Us?

    ·       Rebekka Mirjam Hölzle (2020 – to date) Resisting the ‘hostile environment’: practices of migrant women with limited formal educational qualifications.

    Current doctoral researchers

    • REBEKKA HOELZLE

    Teaching


    Teaching overview


    Jan currently teaches on the MSc Education, Power and Social Change programme and is module leader for: ‘Education, Globalisation and Change’.   She has previously taught on the MSc Voluntary and Community Sector Studies programme and was Module Leader for: Strategies and Development in a Changing Environment as well as lead tutor on the Post Graduate Certificate in Elected Member Professional Development.  In her previous role as Assistant Programme Director on the BSc Social Science degree, in the Department of Geography, Jan taught on a range of core modules including: ‘Sociological Approaches to Social Conflict’ and ‘Social Justice.’  Jan has wide experience of teaching in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication in various Academic Skills Development roles teaching modules such as: ‘Sociology and Social Policy’ and ‘Introducing the Social World’ on the Higher Education Introductory Studies Diploma.

     

     

    Teaching modules

    • Education, Power and Resistances (FDLL003S7)
    • Education, Globalisation and Change (FDLL004S7)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

  • Business and community

    Business and community

    Media

    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • Black Feminist Perspectives: Women, Education, Learning and Activism Black Youth, Criminalisation and Community Black Political Narratives Black staff in Higher Education Decolonising the Higher Education Academy Racism and Higher Education Student, Diversity and Higher Education Curriculum Migration, Refugees, and Conflict

      Outreach

      OUTREACH RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

      Research Associate. Birkbeck's Institute of Lifelong Learning (2005-2007) ESRC funded project into Lifelong Learning and the Women’s Institute /Learning Citizenship ESRC RES-000-22-1441

      Research Associate: Centre for Excellence in Leadership/ Learning and Skills Development Agency (2004). Study into Management and Leadership, Project Title: Career Hopes and Hesitations Institute for Policy Studies in Education: University of North London

      Research Associate: London Metropolitan University, HE Equalities and Diversity Recruitment research. Funded by: The Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) (2004)

      Research Consultant: Institute for Policy Studies in Education: University of North London (2003): Research into Employment and Diversity Strategies. Project Title: National Survey of Black Managers in FE.

      Research Associate: Learning and skills Development Agency: Experiences of Black managers in Education (2002) Funded by the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA)

       

      PUBLICATIONS / BOOK LAUNCH ACTIVITIES:

      Books

      Etienne, J (2020) (Ed) Communities of Activism: Black Women, higher education, and the politics of representation, London, UCL Institute of Education Press/Trentham Books

      Etienne, J (2016) Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of first-generation African Caribbean women, London, IOE/UCL

      Book chapters

      Etienne, J. and Jackson, S. (2011) Lifelong learning in later years: choices and constraints for older women, in S. Jackson, I. Malcolm and K. Thomas (eds.) Gendered choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning, Kluwer Academic Press.

      Etienne, J. and Jackson, S. (2010) Beyond the home: Informal learning and community participation for older women, in S. Jackson (ed.) Innovations in lifelong learning: critical perspectives on diversity, participation and vocational learning, Routledge.

      Journal articles and conference papers

      Etienne, J. (2009) Dilemmas in researching lifelong learning ‘race’ and gender, paper presented at the 39th Annual SCUTREA conference, July 7-9, 2009, University of Cambridge

      Etienne, J. (2008) Education, ethnicity and participation in an ageing society, paper presented to the Civil Society and Democratic Citizenship conference, 14 June 2008.

      Etienne, J. (2007) Lessons for an ageing society: Informal learning and community participation, paper presented to the Women in Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning, 29 June 2007

      Mackay F. and Etienne. J (2006) Black Managers in Further Education: Career Hopes and Hesitation, Journal of Educational Management Administration & Leadership January 2006 Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 9 – 28. Sage.