• Who am I?

    Who am I?

    I am a Lecturer in Education and Community. I teach on the BA in Education Studies and I will be course coordinator for the BA in Religion, Education and Community.

    My area of expertise is the relationship between schools and communities, in particular how schools seek to meet the needs of families classed as vulnerable or disadvantaged. Theoretically, I use socially critical perspectives and I have a keen interest in policy studies. Methodologically, I mainly use ethnographic, longitudinal approaches and have expertise in case studies, carrying out interviews with families and young people.

    Presently, I am Co-PI for an Evaluation of Stockport Social Care Innovation Programme, subcontracted by TNS BRMB through funding secured from DfE. Using a theory of change approach, we will be tracking the reorganisation of Health and Social Care across Stockport over a two-year period. Intellectually, we are seeking to understand organisational change at a time of rapid reform in public services and, in particular, the adoption of restorative approaches and their impact upon vulnerable families.

    I am also part of the team for an EU Horizon 2020 project, ‘PARTISPACE’ investigating the styles and spaces of how young people participate in their communities and in society across eight countries. I will mainly be contributing to WP4, compiling local case study data of how 15-30-year-olds engage with the public in formal, non-formal and informal youth-based settings.

    Previously, I worked on an Evaluation of School Direct, a new employment-based Initial Teacher Training route. The project consisted of over one hundred interviews with university-based teacher educators, mentors and trainee teachers across twenty institutions and twelve schools. I also worked on a National College project, developing capability and capacity in Evidence-Based Teaching across twenty Teaching School Alliances.

    I was awarded my PhD in 2013 from the The University of Manchester, during this time I also gained experience of working as a Research Assistant at the National Union of Students and the Institute of Public Policy Research. Prior to this, I was a secondary school teacher, ChildLine counsellor and youth worker.

  • Academic Biography

    Academic and professional qualifications


    Thesis Title: Schools and Deprived Communities: A Case Study of a Community-Oriented School. Supervisor: Prof Alan Dyson

    2009 – 2013 University of Manchester

    PGCE Secondary, Religious Studies (Distinction)

    2006 – 2007 University of Newcastle

     BA (Hons) Philosophy (2:1)

    2003 – 2006 University of Durham

    Previous Employment

    2013 – 2015    Research Assistant

    Education & Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University

     2011 – 2014   Counsellor

    ChildLine, NSPCC

     2011 – 2012   Research and Policy Internship

    National Union of Students, London

    2008 – 2011  Research Assistant/Academic Tutor 

    Centre for Equity in Education, University of Manchester


  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    2015 - 2017    Evaluation of Stockport Social Care Innovation Programme, Manchester Metropolitan Univerisity, Department for Education, TNS BRMB.

    Dr Harriet Rowley & Dr James Duggan (Co-PI)

    2015-2017   PARTISPACE EU Horizon 2020, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Prof Janet Batsleer (PI), Dr Alexandre Pais and Dr Harriet Rowley

    2014 – 2016    Evidence-Based Teaching Project, Manchester Metropolitan University, NCTL

    Prof Cathy Lewis, Dr Linda Hammersley-Fletcher (Co-PI) Dr Harriet Rowley, Caroline Davies & Elaine Spink

    2013 – 2015 School Direct Research Project, Manchester Metropolitan University, RKE Grant

    Prof Tony Brown (PI), Dr Harriet Rowley and Kim Smith

    2009 – 2013 Development & Research Partnership between University of Manchester and New Charter Housing Trust/New Charter Academy.

    Prof Alan Dyson, Prof Mel West, Prof Daniel Muijs, Prof Christopher Chapman & Dr Harriet Rowley

    2008 – 2009 Developing Inclusive Education through student voice at a Special School for Tibetan Refugees in India and North Ridge Special School, Manchester

    Dr Harriet Rowley & Sarah Butson

    • Publications

      • Journal articles

        (2016). Sliding subject positions: knowledge and teacher educators. British Educational Research Journal. 42(3), pp.492-507.

        H. Rowley (2014). Going beyond procedure. Management in Education. 28(1), pp.19-24.

        T. Brown, H. Rowley, K. Smith (2014). Rethinking Research in Teacher Education. British Journal of Educational Studies. 62(3), pp.281-296.

      • Chapters in books

        HEK. Rowley (2014). Navigating Research Partnerships as a Critical Secretary. HM. Gunter, D. Hall, C. Mills. In: Education Policy Research: Design and Practice at a time of rapid reform. London: Bloomsbury, pp.43-53.

        HEK. Rowley, H. Rowley, S. Butson (2010). Promoting student voice in an isolated community in India. S. Miles, M. Ainscow. In: Responding to diversity in schools: An Inquiry-based approach.

    Conference organisation

    Rowley, H. Brown, T. Smith, K. (2014/15) Reforming Teacher Education in the UK: Teacher Educators’ Experiences of an Increasingly Marginalised Position. The Battle for Teacher Education: Reform in International and National Contexts, Bergen. Repeated at European Conference for Educational Research, Budapest.

    Rowley, H. Brown, T. Smith, K. Brown. (2014) The Impact of New Forms of Professional Training on Long-term Teacher Educators. European Conference for Educational Research, Porto. Repeated at British Education Research Association Conference, London and Teacher Education Association Network, Birmingham.

    Rowley, H. (2013) What Kinds of Differences can Schools Realistically make to Deprived Communities? A Case Study of a Community-Oriented School in the North-West. Society for Educational Studies Seminar Series, The University of Manchester.

    Rowley, H. (2012) Being an Embedded Researcher: From Promising Starts Through to Contested Reforms and Attacks on State Education. The British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society Seminar Series, The University of Manchester.

    Rowley, H. Raffo, C. (2011) Enhancing Educational Equity in Disadvantaged Contexts in England and Sweden - a Comparative Examination of Interagency Working and Issues of Redistribution and Recognition. Platform for Research in Inclusive Education and School Development, University of Gothenburg.

    Rowley, H. (2010) Disadvantage in Urban Areas: Assessing the Impact of an Area Initiative Implemented by a School and Social Housing Provider. European Conference for Educational Research, Helsinki. Repeated at British Education Research Association Conference, Warwick.