Biography

Dr. Esther Priyadharshini works as a senior lecturer at the School of Education & Lifelong Learning.  She is a member of the Critical Cultural Studies in Education research group. Esther’s research interest in youth, schooling and gender is influenced by her interest in the critical, challenging and questioning perspectives of post-humanism, feminism, post-colonialism and post-structuralism. Esther is also the School’s PGR Director, overseeing the welfare and procedural obligations related to EDU’s research scholars and supervisors, across the Ph.D and Ed.D programmes. Esther joined UEA in 2000 after completing her Ph.D from Lancaster University. Previously, she had worked as a market research executive with Gallup, India, with an interest in qualitative and quantitative research in business and social settings. 

All Publications

Priyadharshini, E., Pressland, A.

(2016)

Doing femininities and masculinities in a ‘feminized’ sporting arena: the case of mixed-sex cheerleading,

in Sport in Society

19

(8-9)

pp. 1234-1248

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Carrington, V. (ed.), Rowsell, J. (ed.), Priyadharshini, E. (ed.), Westrup, R. (ed.)

(2016)

Generation Z: Zombies, Popular Culture and Educating Youth,

Springer

ISBN 978-981-287-934-9

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Priyadharshini, E.

(2016)

From Prom Queen to Zombie Barbie: A tutorial in make up, gender and living death.  ,

in Generation Z: Zombies, Popular Culture, and Educating Youth.

Springer

pp. 71-84

ISBN 978-981-287-934-9

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(Published)


Priyadharshini, E.

(2016)

Book review - Culinary Capital,

in Cambridge Journal of Education

46

(2)

pp. 264-265

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(Book/Film/Article review)

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Priyadharshini, E., Carrington, V.

(2016)

Editorial - Food, Youth and Education,

in Cambridge Journal of Education

46

(2)

pp. 153-155

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Lamb, P., Priyadharshini, E.

(2015)

The conundrum of C/cheerleading,

in Sport, Education and Society

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(7)

pp. 889-907

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2013)

Reimagining Knowledge Terrains: The Economic and Social Research Council, governmentalism and the social science landscape,

in Power and Education

5

(2)

pp. 93-105

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Lamb, P., Priyadharshini, E.

(2012)

The conundrum that is cheerleading,

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2012)

Thinking with the Trickster: Sporadic illuminations for educational research,

in Cambridge Journal of Education

42

(4)

pp. 547-561

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Priyadharshini, E., Watson, J.

(2012)

Between aspiration and achievement: Agency and structure in young migrant lives,

in Power and Education

4

(2)

pp. 150-161

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2011)

Counter-narratives in 'naughty' student accounts: Challenges for the discourse of behaviour management,

in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education

32

(1)

pp. 113-129

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Priyadharshini, E., Watson, J.

(2011)

Education, Migration & the Big Society,

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2008)

Editorial,

in Cambridge Journal of Education

38

(4)

pp. 447-448

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2008)

A study of student experience of behaviour management strategies amongst the Lowestoft Partnership of Schools,

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Belton, T., Priyadharshini, E.

(2007)

Boredom and Schooling: A cross-disciplinary exploration,

in Cambridge Journal of Education

37

(4)

pp. 579 - 595

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Blickem, C., Priyadharshini, E.

(2007)

Patient narratives: The potential for “patient-centred” interprofessional learning?,

in Journal of Interprofessional Care

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(6)

pp. 619-632

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2003)

Coming unstuck: thinking otherwise about studying up,

in Anthropology and Education Quarterly

34

(4)

pp. 1-19

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Priyadharshini, E.

(2003)

Reading the rhetoric of otherness in the discourse of business and economics: towards a postdisciplinary practice,

in Postcolonialism and Organizational Analysis.

Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 170-192

ISBN 0312294050

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Priyadharshini, E., Robinson-Pant, A.

(2003)

The attractions of teaching: an investigation into why people change careers to teach,

in Journal of Education for Teaching

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pp. 95-112

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Key Research Interests

Dr. Esther Priyadharshini’s research centers around critical cultural studies in education, focussing on gender, youth/childhood, schooling. She is interested in the intersection between public pedagogy and schooling, specifically in gender pedagogies: how gender is taught, learnt and performed; and, in youth futures: the interplay of popular culture and schooling in shaping young people’s notions of the future. She brings to bear on these issues, the tools and concepts from social theory, from feminist, postcolonial, post structural, post humanist perspectives and theorists. Her research therefore involves (i) applying/testing critical theories (post-humanist, post-colonial, post-structural, feminist) in educational situations, to critique and re-think educational organisation and identities, and (ii) advancing thinking about qualitative methodologies (discourse analysis, participatory approaches, ethnography). 

 Dr Priyadharshini is currently working on the following research areas:

- Young people's (dystopian) visions of the future and implications for schooling

- Vulnerability and agency in child athlete narratives

- The role of affect in the school lunch hour


Publications

Priyadharshini, E. & Pressland, A., 'Analysis as assemblage: Making sense of polysemous texts', Critical Media Studies in Communication, in press, 2018.

Priyadharshini, E. & Carrington, V. Editors, Special Issue on ‘Food, Youth & Education’ for the Cambridge Journal of Education, Spring 2016 (Forthcoming).

Carrington, V., Rowsell, J., Priyadharshini, E., & Westrup, B. Editors, “Generation Z: Zombies, Popular Culture, and Educating Youth”, Springer Publications, 2016. http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789812879325

Priyadharshini, E., From Prom Queen to Zombie Barbie: A tutorial in make up, gender and living death. In, Carrington, V., Rowsell, J., Priyadharshini, E., & Westrup, B. Editors, “Generation Z: Zombies, Popular Culture, and Educating Youth”, pp. 71-84, Springer Publications, 2016.  http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789812879325

Priyadharshini, E., & Godoy-Pressland, A., (2015) “Doing femininities and masculinities in a “feminised” sporting arena: The case of mixed-sex cheerleading”, Special issue on ‘Sex integration in sport and physical culture’ for Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. Published online 30 October 2015. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17430437.2015.1096253

 Lamb, P. & Priyadharshini, E., “The conundrum of C/cheerleading”, Sport, Education and Society, pp. 1-19, 2013.


Priyadharshini, E., "ReImagining knowledge terrains: the Economic and Social Research Council, governmentalism and the school science landscape"' Power and Education, 5:2, pp. 93-106, 2013

Priyadharshini, E., “Thinking with Trickster: Sporadic illuminations for educational research”, Cambridge Journal of Education, pp. 547-561, Volume 42, Issue 4, 2012.

Priyadharshini., & Watson, J., “Between aspiration and achievement: Agency and structure in young migrant lives”, Power and Education, Special Issue on Migration & Education, pp. 150-161, Vol 4, Issue 2, 2012.

Priyadharshini, E., ‘Counter-narratives in ‘naughty’ students’ accounts: Challenges for the discourse of behaviour management’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, pp 113-129, Vol 32, Issue 1, 2011.

Belton, T., & Priyadharshini, E., 'Boredom and Schooling: A cross-disciplinary perspective', Cambridge Journal of Education, pp. 579-595, Vol. 37, Issue 4, Dec 2007.

Blickem, C., & Priyadharshini, E., 'Patient narratives: The potential for 'patient-centred' interprofessional education?', Journal of Interprofessional Care, pp. 1-14, Vol. 21, Issue 6, Dec 2007.

Priyadharshini, E., ‘Reading the Rhetoric of Otherness in the Discourse of Business and Economics: Towards a Postdisciplinary Practice,’ in Anshuman Prasad (Ed.), Postcolonialism and Organizational Analysis, pp. 170-192, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Priyadharshini, E. and Robinson-Pant, A., ‘The Attractions of Teaching: An investigation into why people change careers to teach’, Journal of Education for Teaching, pp. 95-112, Vol. 29, Issue 3, 2003.

Priyadharshini, E., ‘Coming Unstuck: Thinking Otherwise about ‘Studying Up’’, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, pp.1-19, Vol. 34, Issue 4, December 2003. 


Seminars and workshops

Respondent, at public seminar on Superdiversity by Steven Vertovec, with Jo Druggan, Susan Hodgett, Ben Margolysis, 'Global Britain' seminar series, May 2018, UEA.

Challenges from children's accounts of naughtiness at school, March 2012, the Centre for the study of childhood and youth, University of Sheffield.

‘Double-binds on ‘international researchers: A critical look at the discourse of ‘internationalism’ in educational research’ – Paper presented in June 2009 at Cambridge University as part of a joint BAICE funded workshop with UEA, May 2009.

'Impossible' Subjects: Studying truanting students", Delivered at the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences, Almeria University, Spain, Oct 2004.

Dilemmas in feminist research: The case of covert ethnography. Delivered at the Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nov 5th 2003.

Conformity and Resistance within the Indian 'MBA Discourse'. Delivered at the EDU-DEV seminar series at UEA, Jan 28th 2002.


Conference papers

Priyadharshini, E., 'Anticipating the apocalypse: Monstrous educational futures', Asian conference on Cultural Studies, June 2018, Kobe. Part of a symposium on 'Fearful futures and how to navigate them' by Harry Dyer, Victoria Carrington & Esther Priyadharshini.

Lamb P. & Priyadharshini E., “The conundrum of Cheerleading", the International conference on Sport and Society, July 2012, University of Cambridge.

Priyadharshini, E. & Watson, J., “Education, Migration & the Big Society” at Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference, April 2011, Plymouth University.

Priyadharshini, E., "Fear and Loathing in the field of educational research' at Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference, March 2010, University of Greenwich.

Priyadharshini, E., ‘Constructing an account of oneself: confession, justification, contradiction and speculation in student narrative’, BERA conference, September 2008, Edinburgh.

Priyadharshini, E., 'Reclaiming a Trickster subjectivity for researchers', Discourse, Power and Resisitance Conference 5, 20 - 22 April 2006, MMU.

Elliott, C., Perriton, L., & Priyadharshini, E., 'From Prima to Good Housekeeping: the practice of training and the reproduction of middle-class femininity', 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, 4th - 6th July 2005.

Blickem, C., & Priyadharshini, E., 'Telling Tales: The use of narratives in the education of health professionals' ATINER conference, Athens, May 2005.

Elliott, C., Perriton, L., & Priyadharshini, E., 'Doing Gender in the Transnational Captialist Class', British Academy of Management Conference, St. Andrews Aug 30 - Sept 1 2004 - was awarded the Best Paper prize in the Gender and Management Track.

Priyadharshini, E., Perriton, L & Elliott, C., ‘Could this be a feminist ethnography? The politics and pleasures of covert research’. Conference on “Advances in Qualitative Methods”, International Institute of Qualitative Research, Banff, Canada, May 2003.

Priyadharshini, E., ‘A Methodological Response to the Phenomenon of Globalisation: The Case for an Anthropological Orientation to Research on Education’. Paper presented at the conference on “Globalisation and Challenges for Education”, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, December 2001.

Priyadharshini, E., ‘The Rhetoric of Otherness in the Discourse of Business and Economics: A Postcolonial Perspective’. Paper presented at the ‘First International Critical Management Studies Conference,’ UMIST, Manchester, July 1999.



Research projects undertaken

  • Pedagogies of Popular Culture in Young Lives: Lessons for Schooling. (2016-19). The study aims to map how school-based and popular culture pedagogies intersect, separate, contradict or work together in the lives of those finishing school. It asks: How do young people on the threshold of leaving school (16/17 yrs) imagine possible futures and selves? How do they make sense of the diverse, disconnected messages from school and popular culture, about how to prepare for the future? And what can schooling gain from this understanding? The findings will inform discussions with teachers on implications for school curriculum, pedagogy and relationships. 
  • Widening Horizons (2010-11): A project funded by UEA's Outreach Opportunities Fund to understand the facilitators and impediments to accessing HE/FE amongst Central and Eastern European migrant school students in North Norfolk.
  • Investigation of behaviour management strategies for the Lowestoft partnership of schools (2006-7): A study of current behaviour management strategies across the partnership in order to develop a better understanding of such practices between schools and encourage some consistency in the treatment of pupils as they pass through the various levels.
  • TEACH (Training, Education and Action for coping at Home) project (2003-5): An ethnographic study of stroke services in Norwich Community Hospital. The aim was to understand the admissions & discharge processes from the point of the patients and professionals involved to deliver a more effective service and educational programme. This was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project undertaken with Rob Walker & Christian Blickem.
  • Internally funded project (2002): A covert, critical study of 'women in management/leadership' conferences organised to educate women into corporate management. This was undertaken with two other colleagues from Lancaster and York universities (Dr. Carole Elliott and Dr. Linda Perriton). The methodology of covert ethnography was experimented with.
  • Attendance Research (2002): A research project undertaken for the LEA to understand poor attendance and truancy among Year 11 students in Park High School, King’s Lynn. The project was meant to understand student perspectives of truancy and used students as co-researchers.
  • Change for the Better (2001): A research project undertaken for the TTA, jointly with colleagues, looking into the reasons why people changed careers to move into teaching and the process of such decision making, with a view to improving recruitment into the teaching profession.
  • LTSN:BEST evaluation (2001): An internal evaluation undertaken jointly with colleagues for the Learning and Teaching Support Network: Business Education Support Team based in UEA.

 

Doctoral supervisions

 

Dr. Priyadharshini supervises doctoral research across a range of topics, in varied educational fields. She welcomes applicants who share her research interests in youth, gender, schooling, cultural studies. A list of theses completed with her guidance:

R. Thornhill, 2017 - 'Be in our shoes': An exploration of the need for a student centred ethos within Maltese higher vocational education. Ed.D

E. Slaughter 2016 - A case study of learning during induction at a local authority's children and young people's service. Ed.D

S. Marzi 2016 - Aspirations and Social Mobility: The Role of Social and Spatial (Im)mobilities in the Development and Achievement of Young People’s Aspirations. Ph.D

M. Secker 2016 -  Spinoza’s Theory of Emotion in relation to Vygotsky’s Psychology and Damasio’s Neuroscience. Ed.D. 

S. Housden 2015 - The past, the present and the person: An exploration of the use of reminiscence based activities as a catalyst for learning in later life. Ed.D

B. Finger-Berry 2015 – Death of a School Friend: How young people cope and what helps. Ed.D 

Peacock 2015 – Telling Utterances: Education, Creativity and Everyday Lives Ph.D

M. Papaefstathiou 2015 - ‘It’s not what you see, it’s how it feels’: An ethnographic case study on meanings of child-athlete welfare in Cypriot sport. Ph.D

R. Webster 2013 – Capturing what is of value to children: a study exploring the advantages, values and issues of participatory research with 5 and 6 year olds. Ed.D

N.Taylor 2012 - Fear, Performance and Power: A study of simulation learning in paramedic education Ed.D

J. Sheen 2011 - Whither Health Visiting? Again... Ed.D

C. Kitcatt 2010 - Dancing Barefoot: An Exploration of Women's Experience of the Spiritual Accompaniment/Direction Relationship. EdD

C. Rylands 2010 - How Young Men Negotiate Schooling: The Role of Significant Events, Masculinities and Influence of Home. EdD

C. Blickem 2008 - Stroke Stories: The potential of patient narratives for enhancing patient-centred care. PhD

C. Horne 2007 - A journey through change: developing knowledge to inform a return to nursing curriculum through action research. EdD

J. Castañeda-Mayo 2006 - Understanding the Figure of the Mexican Woman Academic: A Story of Success and Constraint. PhD

P. McClung 2006 - Linking voice and form: the use of the “Impertinent Predicate” as perspective for leaving or staying as a special education classroom teacher. EdD

J. Moore 2006 - An exploration of lecturer as facilitator within the context of problem-based learning. EdD

A. Ross 2006 - An insider ethnographic study of a primary care trust’s experience of aiming to become a learning organisation. EdD

J. Cross 2005 - Participant narratives on the impact of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme. EdD

J. Hardie 2005 - Developing boys’ attitudes towards writing in the foundation stage. EdD

Teaching Interests

Most of Dr. Priyadharshini’s teaching at the postgraduate level is on the Ed.D course, Ph.D seminars and advanced training events. She also co-ordinates and co-teaches with Prof Nigel Norris on the 3rd year UG module, ''The Social Construction of Childhood' for the BA in Educational Studies programme.